Neil Anderson MB, ChB, FRACP

Neil is president of the Auckland Medical History Society and chairman of the Committee of Management of the Ernest and Marion Davis Library Trust. He is a neurologist at Auckland Hospital and the Chief Medical Adviser to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

Honorary Treasurer

Peter Holst MB ChB, FRACP

Peter practised and taught medicine in Dunedin and later in Wellington. After retirement from full-time work he was a part-time Director of Continuing Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and was a member of the Taranaki District Health Board. He has a continuing interest in the history of medicine.  

Honorary Secretary

Jenny Collins

Jenny previously worked as a medical secretary at Starship Hospital. She has had a long-term interest in music especially choral music and was a member of the Auckland Choral Society before joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She has been studying her family history for many years.

Programme Coordinator


Peter is Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Auckland. He is the School of Medicine representative on the Society. Along with Judy Murphy he is responsible for the Society’s website development.

Pat Clarkson MBChB FRACP FCSANZ Dip Am Boards Pediatrics & Pediatric Cardiology

Pat  is a retired paediatrician who specialized in cardiology and newborn medicine. She has digitised most of the Society’s collection of manuscripts of speakers’ presentations and historic and other material related to the Society. 


John is immediate past president of AMHS. He is a retired general surgeon, medical educationalist and historian. John was Dean of Education at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and currently holds honorary appointments in surgery at the University of Oxford and University of Melbourne. He recently completed a PhD on aspects of the history of surgery.  

Tom Miller MSc(Hon), PhD, DSc, CNZM

Tom was the senior investigator for a research group in the DOM, University of Auckland for 40 years. His research career commenced with an appointment to the Medical Unit under Dr Derek North. The research originally involved renal medicine  but later moved into Immunobiology and infection control. He co-authored In the Beginning – A history of the Medical Unit at Auckland Hospital and at the University of Auckland

Judy Murphy RN, DipN (Lond), DipNsg Ed (Lond)

Judy was a charge nurse in the cardiothoracic unit at Green Lane Hospital, she  completed further studies in nurse education in London, working in the NHS for many years. Judy was involved in the project management of large international cardiovascular research collaborations at the University of Auckland and has an honorary appointment with the University. Judy is a volunteer guide at Auckland Museum, a co-author of two books on medical history and responsible for the AMHS website. 

Helen Taber DipMus, LRSM

Helen has worked as medical secretary in cardiology in both the public and private sectors. She is also a professional musician and music teacher. Helen is a volunteer at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and at the Ernest and Marion Davis Library where she has a special interest in the collection of apothecary jars, donated by her family. 

Neil Pollock MBChB, MD, FACA

Neil was an anaesthetist at Palmerston North Hospital for 34 years before retiring He developed a particular interest in malignant hyperthermia and obtained an MD on this topic in 2012. He has a long term interest in medical history and has presented papers at several Australasian anaesthetic forums.  

AMHS Associate

John Webster

John has been a member of the Society almost since it began. He served on the Executive for a number of years before retiring in 2017. John is a local Kinder historian and was president of the Auckland Founder's Society. He has given a number of presentations to AMHS on a wide range of topics, each of which reflected his eclectic interests. In 2019 he was awarded life membership of AMHS.  His main responsibility in the recent past has been to welcome people as they arrive for AMHS meetings. 

Ernest & Marion Davis Library


Juliet Hawkins


Victoria Bell

Events Operations Assistant/Collections Technician

Melanie Mirfin