Hunter, Greta, 1886-1978: Album recording life at Taumaru military hospital, Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt

Hunter, Greta (Lady), 1886-1978; Ryan, Paul, active 1992

This album belonged to and was put together by Greta Ewen. At the time she worked as a member of the nursing Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) at the military convalescent hospital set up at Lowry Bay in Sir Francis Bell's house "Taumaru".

The album is a fairly diverse documentary of nursing staff and patients, most of whom have some degree of identification. Most of the photographs record the daily life and activities of the hospital. In particular it shows the informal interaction between nurses and soldiers. There is a cricket match between the hospital and pupils of nearby Croydon school, games of tennis and golf, picnics, outdoor lunches, motor outings, net fishing and boating expeditions. Soldiers are shown doing motor repairs and small building projects and the nurses cooking and cleaning. Obviously one of the main jobs of the VAD in this situation was to keep the men occupied and entertained

Greta Ewen married the pioneer of state dental services in New Zealand, Colonel Sir Thomas Anderson Hunter in 1927. The album contains several photographs of their house "Wharerua" at Heritonga (Heretaunga), Lower Hutt.

Item previously titled after the donor Paul Ryan, changed to Greta Hunter on 26 May 2015

Quantity: 1 album(s) Album(s).

Provenance: The album was given to Paul Ryan's grandfather who lived at "Wharerua" in the 1950s.

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