The rich history of Waikato Hospital and its health services is recorded in memorabilia (equipment, books, documents, photographs, uniforms and the like) collected, recorded and displayed by the Health Memorabilia Trust in a bid to preserve rare and interesting material about the history of health for the benefit of future generations.
The history itself has been told in three published books:
The Village on the Hill - Celebrating 125 years of Waikato Hospital is a new 'coffee table book' titled produced in November 2011 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Waikato Hospital. Funded by the Waikato Health Trust and printed locally by The Print House, it includes some of the historical and more recent photographs from Waikato DHB's extensive collection, as well as staff profiles and a snapshot of current media releases that highlight the range of issues and activities at the hospital. Read some of the profiles online.
Under One Roof - a history of Waikato Hospital by historian John Armstrong, was published in 2009. This is a 500-plus page book that tracks the evolution of Waikato Hospital in social, political and economic contexts, and particularly the development of medical specialisation. the book provides a detailed and referenced source of information. This book was commissioned by the Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust and printed by Half Court Press Ltd.
From Cottage to Regional Base - Waikato Hospital 1887 to 1987, by Rex Wright-St Clair, was published 1987 to mark the hospital's centenary, and focusing on the early period of the hospital and its staff.
Photos (right top) Waikato Hospital circa 1900, (below) general surgery 1960s.
Please contact the Health Memorabilia Trust if you have information or items of interest, or inquiries of a historical nature.
Donations to both the Waikato Health Trust and the Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust are welcomed.