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At this time, a Royal Commission on Venereal Disease was sitting. There had been a significant upsurge in venereal disease in NZ after WW1, and as a result of the enquiry, the government authorised the building of a 3-ward block designed to accommodate patients with VD, and to provide for a general need for more beds.
This photograph shows construction of both blocks well underway. (Note the wooden scaffolding)
Photograph courtesy Archives New Zealand / Te Whare Tohu Tuhituhinga O Aotearoa