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.