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Nurse Towers (c1921-c1937)

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Go to the map of maternity homes to see location (F).

37 Bannerman Rd, Morningside.

Nurse Mary Towers was the widow of an English soldier. She trained as a midwife in Calcutta, and came to New Zealand c1920 with her daughter Muriel and son in law Murray McIndoe, who was a New Zealander. Muriel died in 1922 and Nurse Towers lived the rest of her life with Murray McIndoe in Bannerman Rd.

Nurse Towers registered as a midwife in New Zealand October 1921, but she may have been supporting women in home births from the time she arrived in the country. She continued assisting with home births, and seems to have also had a small private hospital in her own home.

The first mention of a birth at her home in Bannerman St was in January 1927.

The last birth notice to thank Nurse Towers was in 1937, but right up to her death in 1951, aged 91, her occupation in the electoral roll was listed as Nurse.


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