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



Last updated 31 August 2018.