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From: "Olwyn Whitehouse" <>
Subject: [nz] NZ Midwives - post 1900
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 11:37:37 -0500

Papers Past - online
Hawera & Normanby Star, 28 February 1902, Page 3 MIDWIFERY.
The Midwife Registration Bill was read a second time in the House of

Wanganui Herald, 1 July 1904, Page 7
WELLINGTON, July 1. THE MIDWIVES BILL is designed to provide for the better
training of midwives and to regulate the practice of midwifery. A register
of midwives is to be kept by the Inspector General of Hospitals, and every
woman is entitled to be registered who has been for at least three years in
bona fide practice as a midwife, and bears a good character, or who holds, a
recognised certificate in midwifery, or such other certificate as may be
approved by the Inspector-General. Clause 5 reads, "There shall be
established in New Zealand, one or more STATE MATERNITY HOSPITALS, where
pupil nurses can on payment of a fee be carefully instructed in all the
duties required for the welfare of mother and infant, during and immediately
after child-birth.
Every District Health Officer will be the local supervising
authority over midwives in his district, and shall have power to temporarily
suspend any midwife and investigate any charges of malpractice, negligence,
After the 1st January, 1906 no woman not registered under the Act
shall practice as a midwife, and misrepresentation to obtain a certificate
is punishable by twelve months imprisonment.

Taranaki Herald, 21 December 1905, Page 7
Per Press Association. Wellington, December 21. Nurses A. Bagley (Dunedin
certificate) and M. Purcell (Wellington certificate) have passed with great
credit the examination in midwifery, held here last week. These, are the
first nurses in New Zealand to hold a State certificate of training in

Wanganui Herald, 12 January 1909, Page 5
Successful Candidates
WELLINGTON, January 11.
The following candidates have been successful in passing the State
examination in midwifery, and are now eligible for registration under the
Midwives Act. The names appear in order of merit: —
A. M Chapman, St. Helen's Hospital, Dunedin
C. Hunter, St. Helen's Hospital, Dunedin
J. Robertson, Medical School, Maternity Hospital
E. Stothard and K. Noonan, St. Helen's Hospital, Dunedin (equal)
Ellis, St. Helen's Hospital, Dunedin
E. Whitehouse, St. Helen's Hospital, Wellington
L Ansell, St. Helen's Hospital, Wellington
E. Clfmon, St. Helen's Hospital, Dunedin, and E. Sturgeon, Medical School,
Maternity Hoopital (equal)
Gault. St. Helen's Hospital, Christchurch
E. Siedeberg, St. Helen's Hospital, Christchurch, and T. Leaven, St. Helen's
Hospital, Dunedin (equal)
A. Johnstone, St. Helen's Hospital, Auckland
N. Jensen, St. Helen's Hospital, Wellington
W. Norman, St. Helen's Hospital, Auckland
Campbell, Salvation Army Maternity Home, Wellington
C. Smith, St. Helen's Hospital, Auckland, and Worthington, St. Helen's
Hospital, Christchurch (equal)
Joseph, St. Helen's Hospital, Christchurch, and M. Perston, St. Helen's
Hospital, Auckland (equal)
A. Hei, St. Helen's Hospital, Christchurch
The uniform at St Helen's. CHCH. My grandmother.

Grey River Argus, 17 December 1913, Page 3MIDWIFERY EXAM.
The following candidates passed the State examination in midwifery (the
names appear, in order of merit).
Helen B. Brown 1
Kathleen S. Cumming 2
Louisa M. Dix 3.
Alice L.G. Martin 4
Margaret Rogers 5
Amy L. Metge and Margaret Jamieson (equal) 6
Emily M. Nutsey 7
Maud Mitchel 8
Annie. E. Whitehouse and Helen Fletcher (equal) 9
Maud Gell and Mary Eagle (equal) 10
Mary Toney 11
Grace M. E. Petersen 12
Exa McDonald 13
Nellie Hodge's 14
Joan C. Farquhar and Annie J. Meredith (equal) 15
Louisa Calcott and Margaret Smith (equal) 16
Maud A. Chaffey 17
Dora E. Triffney and Eliza B.Kearney (equal) 18
Alice Hayward 19.

West Coast Times, 2 December 1909, Page 1
The hardships at present entailed upon the wives of many back-block
settlers, owing to the difficulty in getting the services of midwives and
nurses when required, was impressed upon the House by Mr Reed (member for
the Bay of Islands) during the final discussion on the Hospital Bill he read
letters that he had received on the subject, and pointed out the sufferings
entailed on women in such places as the isolated settlements in the north of
Auckland, where they were beyond the reach of hospitals and doctors. In some
of these places, he said, it would cost £20 to get a visit from a doctor. He
urged that the Department of Public Health should offer every encouragement
possible to induce midwives to go into the back, country districts.
The Minister (Mr Fowlds) said the department was doing its best to turn out
qualified nurses and midwives to carry on. the work in the backblocks, and a
great many could now take midwifery cases without the services of a doctor.
Tho department was fully alive to the need for turning out as many more in
the near future.

Otago Witness, 21 May 1896, Page 55
The names of a number of New Zealand students appear in the class prize
lists of the University of Edinburgh for the winter sesson 1895-96, which
are published in the Scotsman of the 25'h March. The following students from
this colony took classes with credit :—
H. J. M'Lean (Timaru)— Second-class honours in practical chemistry;
first-class honours and medallist in lectures on anatomy (junior students).
Percy T. Herring — First-class honours and medallist, being second in order
of merit, in practice of medicine (senior) ; first-class honours in
systematic surgery (senior) ; first-class honours in practical surgery
(senior) ; first-t lass honours and medallist in midwifery ; first-class
honours in special course in public health. ...

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