Story: Dental care

Dental nursing: Te Araroa, East Cape, early 1940s (1st of 5)

Dental nursing: Te Araroa, East Cape, early 1940s

Nurse Urquhart poses for the camera with seven of her young patients, who have travelled on horseback to visit her dental clinic at Te Araroa, a small township on the East Cape of the North Island. Te Araroa was the birthplace of Sir Āpirana Ngata, the Māori leader who made a major contribution to improving the welfare of Māori. Children from small rural schools travelled long distances to dental clinics. Nurses would sometimes visit their schools, but often they needed the equipment in the clinics of larger schools if teeth were to be extracted or filled.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, R. M. S. Taylor Collection
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Photograph by Richard Taylor

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Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, 'Dental care - Dental nurses to dental therapists', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2020)

Story by Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Nov 2018