|Background to the medical staff structure|
To understand the staff structure of the new hospital in Newtown, one needs to know something of the staffing of the
old Thorndon hospitals and the impact on the medical staff of changes in hospital administration.
For twenty years until his retirement in 1879, Dr Alexander Johnston was Provincial Surgeon in charge of the Colonial
Hospital in Thorndon. During the latter part of that time, he received some assistance from, in turn,
On 9 August 1879, the weekly newspaper, the NZ Mail, reported:
" The newly appointed honorary medical staff of the Wellington Hospital, namely the Hon. Dr Grace and Dr Diver
as surgeons, and Drs Collins and Kemp as physicians, commenced their duties on August 1.
Dr Johnston having retired from the position of surgeon-superintendent. A meeting of the staff was held
on Thursday 31 July at the hospital, when the Hon Dr Grace was appointed chairman. The following
regulations were passed:-
Dr Gillon was the house surgeon. The administration of the hospital was the immediate responsibility of the City Council's 'Hospital Committee' chaired by Dr Diver who was also a City Councillor.