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Oral histories

Listen to the history of physiotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand through the personal stories of notable physiotherapists.


  • Rob McKenzie

    mckenzie profile Rob talks about his training and early private practice in Wellington in the 1950s and 60s, about discovering his 'method,'... Read more
  • Fran Elkin

    Fran Elkin and students Fran talks about her work in London and Auckland before being involved in establishing the new school in Auckland (Auckland... Read more
  • June Gardiner

    Born in the Depression, June talks about her training under M.L. Read more

  • Kate Hedges

    Kate talks about growing up in the South Island but working in Auckland and working with children with cerebral palsy. Read more

  • Lesley Askew

    Lesley talks about her training, being bonded to Gisborne, intensive care work in the 1960s, and being in Wellington on the day of the Wahine disaster. Read more

  • Linley Kennett

    Linley recounts her adventures during her training in Dunedin and the 1956 polio epidemic. Read more

  • Margaret Davidson

    Margaret talks about her training in Dunedin in the 1960s, working in the South Island and settling in Timaru before moving to Chicago and Aberdeen to further her career. Read more

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