Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust

For many years, a small and dedicated group has been collecting equipment, books, documents, photographs, uniforms and the like in a bid to preserve rare and interesting material about the history of health for the benefit of future generations.

Waikato Health Memorabilia TrustIn 2005, the work of this group was formalised under the banner of the Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust, which is a Registered Charitable Trust with the Charities Commission - No. CC 10234.

The trust organises public meetings/lectures and annual memorial lectures on topics of interest.

Purpose of the trust:

  • to undertake, publicise and promote the collection, identification, preservation and display of documents, photographs and objects of historical interest related to the provision of health services in the Waikato District Health Board area;
  • to maintain and develop the collection and to have it available for display and for research and education purposes for the benefit of those persons primarily in the Waikato District Health Board area (but also elsewhere in New Zealand) who need or wish to research, study or learn about the history of health services in the district;
  • any other purposes that will result in the collection, preservation and public display of medical and other health-related memorabilia.

Displays and objects

Over the years a wealth of memorabilia has accumulated, charting the evolution of health services and technology. Many of these are now presented in formal displays at locations on Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus.

Historical objects held by the trust include - Band Rotunda, Altar Table, Foundation Stone(1905), Silver Trowel (1905) Ceramic Key (1908), Silver Teapot (1937).

Latest newsletter



  • Dr Alastair Haslam – Retired Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (Chair)
  • John Graham - Mental Health Administrator (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Dr Peter Rothwell - Retired Physician (Archivist)
  • Carolyn Gibbs – Retired Registered Nurse
  • Professor Ross Lawrenson – Assistant Dean Waikato Clinical School
  • Dr Clyde Wade – Retired Cardiologist

Books for sale

How you can help to make history?

Your contribution will help to safeguard the history of health services in the Waikato for future generations.

  • Offer any items of historical interest to the Trust for safekeeping.
  • Make a donation - Contributions to the Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust qualify for the charitable donations rebate or tax deduction subject to the terms of the Income Tax Act 2004 for donations of $5 or more; see below

Please complete a donation form and post along with your cheque or internet payment details to the address provided below.

Waikato Health Memorabilia Trust
P.O Box 6009
Urlich 3245

Phone: (07) 839 8899 ext 96890
Email: John.Graham@waikatodhb.health.nz