Margaret Cruickshank

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Margaret Cruickshank, ca 1897

Dr Margaret Barnett Cruickshank (1 January 1873 – 28 November 1918) was the first registered woman doctor in New Zealand.

Biography[change | change source]

Cruickshank memorial unveiling

Cruickshank studied at the University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine and was the second woman, following Emily Siedeberg, in New Zealand to complete medical school.[1] During World War I she planned the work of the Waimate Red Cross Fund. She died from the 1918 flu pandemic.

Legacy[change | change source]

In 1923 a memorial statue was shown at Seddon Square in Waimate.[2] The plinth was prepared by Daniel Berry and the statue was carved by William Trethewey.[3] In 1948 the maternity room in Waimate Hospital was named after her.[4]

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