Mary Eliza Kissling
b. Mary Eliza Haultain in Drypool, York, England on 9 Mar 1848 d. Auckland 17 Nov 1890
Came to New Zealand with her parents in 1849. Her father was Colonel Haultain who subsequently became a member of parliament.
Mary in 1868, aged 20
photo courtesy Chris & Betty Haultain collection
in The Haultain Family Tree, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
Mary married William Henry Kissling, a lawyer on 11/11/1869; they had two daughters.
When her husband died, she offered to work voluntarily at Auckland Hospital as acting Lady Superintendent. She occupied this role for two months. [She had no nursing training]
Appointed Lady Superintendent Wellington Hospital Jan 1884, remaining in this role until the arrival of Miss Kate Marsden in April 1885. For a time whilst she was at Wellington Hospital, the Medical Superintendent was Dr Edward Duncan Mackellar whom she would marry in 1885.
Mary as Lady Superintendent, Wellington Hospital