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Cameron, Robina Thomson

Collection | Ref # MS 427 | Held by Whakatane District Museum & Gallery

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Cameron, Robina Thomson


Cameron, Robina Thomson

Level of description:



5 files boxes

Reference number:

MS 427

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Robina Thomson Cameron (Ruby) was born in Edinburgh on 15/4/1892. She came to New Zealand in 1920, and trained at the Cook Hospital in Gisborne. She returned to England in 1915 and joined Queen Alexander's Own Nursing Regiment(QAIMNSR) and served in the Middle East for which she received the Royal Red Cross Medal on 3/4/1919. When she returned to New Zealand in 1920, she was stationed at Opotiki for 11 years as district nurse, covering the East Coast. Here her interest and concern for Maori welfare began. In 1931 Miss Cameron came to Rotorua as district nurse. In 1937 she founded the Women's Health League. In May 1939 she was transferred to Hamilton as Nurse Inspector, and 2 years later took up the position of Senior Nurse Inspector. In mid 1947 she was sent to London by the Department of Labour on a nurse recruitment campaign, organising the immigration scheme for registered nurses, nurse aids and domestics. She retired to Rotorua in 1955. She became President of the Women's Health League and remained in this position until her death. Miss Cameron was awarded the MBE for her services to the Maori people in 1938.
Miss Cameron's papers consist of personal papers containing many photographs, some letters, and a diary of a holiday in Fiji. There are several nursing certificates. There are numerous photos taken in Egypt and Palestine and England during her service in well as letters - mostly from soldiers she had nursed. There are also letters, diaries and newspaper clippings of her nursing recruitment time in England, but few photos. Refer also to "The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography 1921-1940", Department of Internal Affairs, 1998 C2 p82-83.


Dates covered:

1914 - 1971

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Collectiion Guide

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