Our bi-monthly meetings are a great opportunity to meet others interested in medical history. 

The Society meets on alternative months on a Thursday evening at 7pm at the Ernest & Marion Davis Library (EMDL). The next meeting will be Thursday 1 July and then Thursday 2nd September and Thursday 4 November.

New feature - Special Interest talks.  These talks precede the main lecture;  topics include the fascinating stories behind some of lesser known objects in the Ernest and Marion Library Collection. This is great opportunity to learn more about this rich collection of medical objects, their provenance and the people who may have been associated with their story.  Talks will be no longer than 25 minutes, starting promptly at 6.15pm. Bookings are not required but for space reasons numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 people. (First come first served.) 

Please refer to the 2021 Annual Programme. (Biographical details of speakers and an abstract of their presentation will be available nearer the time. Access by double clicking on 2021 Annual Programme title of presentation.) Confirmation and further details will be circulated to Members about two weeks prior to the date of the meeting

Speaker presentations cover a range of topics related health history including biographical life stories of medical pioneers, public health historical issues such as epidemics and preventive medicine,  historical events and significant medical discoveries and innovations.

At times, there will be special displays of relevant historical items. A selection of historical books from the Library’s collection is commonly available and can be made available for short term loan.

Once a year students present the AMHS prize winner essay and the Humanities top essays.

EMDL an amputation kit dating back to the late 1800s
(Photo from North &  South magazine September 2018)   
 1947 New Zealand Post Office poster
  Plunket book  (1940s)
1949 New Zealand Health Stamp
1918 New Plymouth Public Health Committee poster (nzhistory.govt.nz)
Green Lane Hospital, Auckland. Costley Home.
Image courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org .

The venue is the Ernest and Marion Davis Library (EMDL), situated in the grounds of Auckland Hospital. See our contact page for the meeting location hospital map.

Meeting presentations will begin at 7pm. (See our new feature - Special Interest talks at 6.15pm.) The EMDL will be open from 6pm providing an opportunity to meet and socialise prior to the lecture.  Tea and coffee is available. No bookings are required and there is no cost.  

Food and beverages -a good range of very reasonable meals and non alcoholic beverages is available at several of the cafes within the Auckland Hospital building - cafes close at 7pm.  


Guests and new members are welcome; members are encouraged to invite friends/ colleagues/ former colleagues along to these meetings and presentations. We especially welcome students. 

The Society is grateful for the long-term support of the James Newman and the Laurie Gluckman bequests that provide some extra finance for running the Society. 

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