A lucky guy whose job is also his hobby, Gavin McLean is a senior historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
He talks about New Zealand's hospital ships in the First World War.
Taylor, Charles, fl 1981. [Postcard]. New Zealand hospital ship "Maheno", 5282 tons. [ca 1915].. Ref: Eph-B-POSTCARD-vol-4-041. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22402146
Souvenir programme. Patriotic sports carnival. Domain, Saturday July 3rd 1915 in aid of the Auckland Hospital Ship & War Relief Fund. Price 6d. [Front cover. 1915]. [Ephemera relating to patriotism, fundraising for the war effort, during World War I. 1914-1918. Folder 1]. Ref: Eph-A-WAR-WI-Patriotic-1915-01-front. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/31984036
Lord Liverpool wearing dress military uniform with many medals. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-WP7399'
Wakefield Hospital Ship Float. In 1915 there was a monster fund-raising Gala in Nelson to help raise money for the troops during the first World War. Wakefield's float was made to represent a hospital ship called "Maheno". Image: Tasman District Libraries Kete. (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ)
Untitled ("Maheno"), 1914-1914, maker unknown. Te Papa (C.010501)
The steamship 'Maheno', used as a hospital ship during the First World War. 'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-1624'.
Hospital beds on board the Maheno. Dickie, John, 1869-1942 :Collection of postcards, prints and negatives. Ref: 1/1-002218-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23201075
Creator unknown: Beds aboard the World War 1 hospital ship Maheno. Ref: 1/1-002217-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23048221
On Hospital Ship Maheno (last trip)—Miss McAllum, C.R.R.C., Matron. Image: New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. (CC BY-SA).
U.S.S. "Marama" Port Chalmers, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio. Te Papa (C.010489)
'Marama' traversing Panama Canal. Image: Masterton District Library and Archive.
Hospital ship 'Marama' re-coaling. Image: Masterton District Library and Archive.