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Frances Keith Payne

b. Carbury, Co. Kildaire 1856                                                    d. Wellington 6 Jun 1924

Commenced nursing training at Wellington Hospital in 1890 and remained there until 1896.

Private nursing 1896-1898

Matron Christchurch Hospital 1898

Matron Southland Hospital 1898

Matron Wellington Hospital 1899 – 1902

Matron Rotorua Sanitorium 1902-1904

Matron Wellington Hospital 1904-1916

Under her watch Wellington Hospital had one of the best disciplined nursing staff in the country and many of them went on to lead distinguished careers.

The Frances Keith Payne medal was established after her death to be awarded to the Wellington Hospital nurse who gained highest marks in the Hospital Final exams each year.

Last updated 16 January 2017.