Events In History


Hospital ships

  • Hospital ships

    The Maheno and Marama were the poster ships of New Zealand's First World War effort. Until 1915 these steamers had carried passengers on the Tasman route. But as casualties mounted at Gallipoli, the government - helped by a massive public fundraising campaign - converted them into state-of-the-art floating hospitals.

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  • Page 5 - Life on boardWhat was life like aboard a hospital ship? That largely depended on your job, your rank and your


  • Batten, Jean Gardner

    Jean Batten was New Zealand's greatest aviator, celebrated around the world for her heroic solo flights during the 1930s.

  • Rees, Lily

    Annie Lee Rees (or Lily) was one of the 20 New Zealand women selected to work as teachers for the Boer children living in the concentration camps in South Africa.