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The first group of nurses trained at the Hastings hospital returned at the weekend for a re-union.  Miss Ida Russell, Napier, left, the hospital matron from 1935 to 1956, reminisces with some of her charges from the 1939 class.  They are, from left, Miss Nan Couch and Miss Elsie Leipst, Hastings, who retired after forty years’ service at the hospital and Mrs Margaret Watkinson, who lives in Christchurch.

The group was attending the fourth and last re-union of nurses who trained at the hospital.  A dinner at Harding Hall on Saturday night and a church service at the nurses’ chapel yesterday completed the celebrations.

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  • Nan Couch
  • Elsie Leipst
  • Ida Russell
  • Margaret Watkinson



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