Introducing the first detailed history of New Zealand’s hospital ships.
In 1915 the government chartered the trans-Tasman liners Maheno and Marama for use as our first hospital ships.
For the next four years, starting with the Maheno off the beach at Gallipoli, the hospital ships travelled the globe, staffed by Kiwi seamen, doctors and nurses.
Back home, thousands of New Zealanders made items and raised money to support these 'mercy ships' and followed their movements closely as they transported the sick and wounded from many countries.
As part of the as part of the First World War Centenary History Programme, Gavin McLean (Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage historian) has published a book that provides the first detailed history of this remarkable contribution to our First World War effort.
Publication date: 2013.