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Hester MacLean

Portrait, Hester MacLean - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Hester MacLean - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hester AWMM
  • Surname
    MacLean AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 February 1859 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Hester Maclean was the daughter of Harold MacLean, Controller of Prisons, in New South Wales. She obtained her nursing certificate in 1893 at the Royal Albert Hospital Sydney. She was Matron of the Kogarah Hospital from 1894 to 1897 and then of the Women's Hospital, Melbourne. In 1900 she came to New Zealand as Assistant Inspector of hospitals. She joined the New Zealand Army Nursing Service as Matron in Chief, and served as the Matron in Chief throughout the First World War she later became the director of the division of nursing in the Health Department. She retired in 1923.

    Hester Maclean founded Kia Tiaki the Journal of the Nurses of New Zealand, in 1908 wanting the journal to help form a" bond of union, a common interest, a means of communication, a mutual help, and a road to improvement in their professional work and knowledge, to all nurses of the Dominion" Kia Tiaki, Papers Past

    She was awarded the Royal Red Cross and the Florence Nightingale medals. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 September 1932 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • Who's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
      Who’s who in New Zealand. (1932) AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Evening Post, 2 September 1932 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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