WDHB puts out call for historically significant photos and memorabilia

15 June 2016

From left to right: Pam Stent, Bev Way, Phil van den Broek, Maureen Barrett, Betty Simpson and Ailsa Stewart name and date historical photographs of the Whanganui Hospital staff and buildings.
Do you have any historically significant photographs or memorabilia relating to Whanganui Hospital or the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB)?
Determined that the DHB preserves its rich heritage, former registered nurse and board member Ailsa Stewart has accepted the role of collating, cataloguing and archiving historically significant records and items relating to the Whanganui District Health Board since the 1890s.
To help this effort, Miss Stewart says she would love to receive photos of former staff and hospitals, DHB sites and buildings throughout the Whanganui district, and or any memorabilia people think might be of interest.
Items can be donated to the WDHB’s archives or alternatively, scanned/copied/photographed and returned to the owner.
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson says she’s very grateful to Miss Stewart and to WDHB graphic designer Christie King for accepting the task of preserving the DHB’s history.
“Whanganui Hospital, or Whanganui District Health Board as we’ve been known more recently, has a proud history which we must preserve for those who follow us,” Mrs Patterson says.
“Ailsa has done a fabulous job putting away photos and items of interest over the years and now the time has come for us to catalogue these treasures and see if we can add to them.
“Having Christie on board means we have a young staff member willing and able to carry on the legacy when our older members of staff and the community feel they want to hand the reigns over.”
Anyone wanting to contribute to the archives is welcome to email Christie King at christie.king@wdhb.org.nz or phone her on 348 3396.