Cup hon­ours war nurse

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­

A third cup ded­i­cated to a lo­cal nurse, Ada Tay­lor, who served in the Great War is now avail­able at Ba­nana Pep­per cafe in Waihi.

This ini­tia­tive is part of the Waihi Ar­mistice 100 Group project to com­mem­o­rate the Cen­ten­nial of Ar­mistice this week­end, and re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of Waihi lo­cals, men and women, who served.

The third cof­fee cup to hon­our lo­cal fig­ures of World War I has been re­leased.

A cup ded­i­cated to for­mer Waihi nurse Ada Tay­lor was un­veiled at Waihi Hos­pi­tal last Thurs­day.

Mem­bers of the Waihi Ar­mistice 100 steer­ing com­mit­tee, formed to or­gan­ise the Ar­mistice cen­ten­nial, met with hos­pi­tal staff, past and present, to ded­i­cate the cup.

For Sue Baker Wil­son it is cru­cial to re­mem­ber the med­i­cal staff who served dur­ing the Great War.

“It is about bring­ing back sto­ries of lo­cal nurses that were for­got­ten. To­day we will make sure that on An­zac Day and for the Cen­ten­nial of the Ar­mistice,‘lest we for­get’, we will re­mem­ber nurses who sac­ri­ficed dur­ing World War I,” she said.

Ada Tay­lor was ma­tron of Waihi Hos­pi­tal in 1913 and trained in Christchurch Hos­pi­tal. She also worked at Auck­land Hos­pi­tal later on. Af­ter about four years of ser­vice in Waihi, Ada en­listed for war ser­vice, with 15 months overseas and served in a hos­pi­tal ship for six months.

Ada later re­turned to New Zealand, as ma­tron of Auck­land Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

Other nurses also served dur­ing the war, in­clud­ing Waihi-trained Mar­garet Camp­bell, who re­turned to town af­ter World War I and later be­came a ward sis­ter.

Mar­garet re­ceived a dis­tinc­tion award but would later com­mit sui­cide.

Owner of Ba­nana Pep­per Cafe Bernie Wood­ford said the team is pleased to sup­port the Ar­mistice Com­mem­o­ra­tions in Waihi. “The three cof­fee cups are avail­able at the cafe this week for one or two weeks for peo­ple to use. We are happy to be part of the com­mem­o­ra­tions,” she said.

The cafe has about 2000 of the three lim­ited-edi­tion cof­fee cups stamped with Waihi fig­ures, World War I may­oress Ada Donaldson, med­i­cal corps Pri­vate Ben Thorn and nurse Ada Tay­lor who all served dur­ing World War I. Waihi Hos­pi­tal fa­cil­ity man­ager He­len Riesen will be a guest speaker at the three-day Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial com­mem­o­ra­tions.


Waihi Ar­mistice 100 steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers met with Waihi hos­pi­tal staff, past and present to ded­i­cate a cof­fee cup to hon­our World War I nurse Ada Tay­lor. Front left (top row): Carer at Waihi Hos­pi­tal Judy Mold, Waihi Hos­pi­tal care­giver Michelle Eas­ton, fa­cil­ity man­ager He­len Riesen, hos­pi­tal care­giver Lynette Lind­sey and clin­i­cal man­ager and nurse Frances Tait. (Front) Ba­nana Pep­per Cafe owner Bernie Wood­ford and for­mer nurse aid at Waihi Hos­pi­tal Ann Stevens.


Por­trait of Ada Tay­lor, a Waihi hos­pi­tal nurse who served in World War I.


Waihi Hos­pi­tal nurse Judy Mold look­ing at past pho­tos of lo­cal nurses.

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