Stratford Hospital Valedictory Reunion March 1998

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Stratford Hospital was opened on February 22, 1907and closed February 23, 1998. The reunion was held over the weekend on 14 - 15 March 1998. The reunion was attended by nearly 400 people, who travelled to Stratford from as far away as Saudi Arabia, Australia and throughout New Zealand.
A collection of interviews and speeches given at the Stratford Hospital Valedictory Reunion held 14 - 15 March 1998.
Date: March 1998
Interviewer: Janet Old

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  Part 1

Research Tape 1 Side 1

Interview with Ann Williams (nee Marshall), Sunday 15 March 1998. General and maternity nurse 1964 - 1970.

Speeches by Tom Joll (1979 - 1988) on the closure of Stratford Hospital.

Side 2

David Walter, Mayor of Stratford. Closing address to the gathering.

Interview with Tom Joll (1979 - 1988). Experiences as director of alcohol and drug service at Stratford from 1979 to 1988.

Interview with Ann Birch (nee Ricketts) Community nurse 1968 - 1970

Tape 2 Side 1

Interview with Sue Kowalewski, Community Nurse 1972 - 1974.

Interview with Elizabeth (Betty) Macalister, Sister 1943, 1950 - 1989

Interview with Kevin Richards, male nurse and hospital engineer and fireman.

Side 2

Interview with Kevin Richards (contd).

Interview with Kaye Walls (nee Coomey), General Nurse 1960 - 1964.

Interview with Glenys Thomson, 1987 - 1998. 15 March 1998

Tape 3 Side 1

Interview with Glenys Thomson, 1987 - 1998. (contd).

Interview with Doreen Mackie, Avon Maternity Hospital, 1962 - 1992. 16 March 1998.

Side 2

Interview with Rosalie Styles, 18 March 1998. Began nursing at Napier Hospital 1939 then to Whangarei. General, Maternity Nurse and Midwife. Moved to Wanganui and worked as night sister at Jessie Hope Gibbons Womens Hospital. Worked with Dr. Doris Gordon at Mairie during the 1950's.In the 1960's worked in Womens Ward at Stratford, the maternity hospital at Kaponga, Mount View and Avon. Retired in 1978.

Tape 4 Side 1

Interview with Mrs Hopkins (nee Bilkey) 8 March 1998. Began at Stratford in 1939 tutored by Matron Hunt and then to Wanganui 1941 for 2 years where there were Tutor Sisters. Describes her early training and nursing experiences at Stratford and Wanganui Hospitals and memories of visiting her mother in hospital as a child. Contracted T.B. and describes this. Returned to nursing after a family. (Tape clarity impaired at end of tape)

Side 2

Interview with Mrs Hopkins (nee Bilkey) (contd). Remembers the Childrens Ward.

Tape 5 Side 1

Interview with Rosalie Styles. Rosalie took up nursing in Napier and Warkworth during World War Two before returning to Stratford in 1952. Over the next few years she worked in Stratford Public, Avon and Marire Hospitals before taking a position in Mount View Hospital, Eltham. In 1973 she returned to work in Avon and retired from nursing in 1978. (see also ARC2002-483)

Side 2

Janice Bellamy 1964 - 1967 worked as a Kitchen Hand and then worked on the Wards at Stratford Hospital. Talks about the kitchen staff, menus, the equipment used to cook food, the hospital porters/orderlies and living in the Maids' Quarters. (tape ends abruptly)

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