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In a Strange Garden: The Life and Times of Truby King

Chronology of Truby King's life 1858-1938

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Chronology of Truby King's life 1858-1938

Age Year
1858 Truby King born on April Fool's Day in New Plymouth
2 1860 Mother and five children sent to Nelson to escape land wars
6 1864 Brother Francis dies. Truby contracts pneumonia, pleurisy, tuberculosis
15 1873 Truby begins work at the BNZ, New Plymouth, for his father
16 1874 Transfers to Auckland with the bank
18 1876 Moves to Wellington as private secretary to manager of the BNZ
20 1878 Appointed manager, BNZ, Masterton
22 1880 Leaves for London to commence medical studies at Edinburgh University
26 1884 Passes second professional exam with distinction, loses sight in left eye
28 1886 Graduates, winning Ettles Scholarship as top scholar
29 1887 Resident Surgeon, Glasgow Infirmary. Studies for BSc
Marries Isabella Cockburn Millar, the landlady's daughter
30 1888 Returns to New Zealand. Commences work at Wellington Hospital
31 1889 Appointed Medical Superintendent, Seacliff asylum
35 1893 Truby's father dies, aged 72
36 1894 Twelve months' leave to study brain pathology in London. Bella accompanies King
38 1896 Extended sick leave, goes back to Edinburgh
39 1897 Back to Seacliff, still unwell, spends winter in Queenslandpage 16
40 1898 Begins building Karitane house
43 1901 Two 40-foot fishing boats commissioned for Karitane
44 1902
45 1903 Buys Argyle gold dredge in Southland
46 1904 Six months in Japan on paid sick leave
47 1905 Mary King adopted by Truby and Bella
47 1905 The Feeding of Plants and Animals published
48 1906 The Evils of Cram published
49 1907 First newspaper article on infant welfare published
First public meeting presaging the formation of Plunket
King's Karitane house becomes prototype baby hospital
Society for Health of Women and Children acquire house in Dunedin for hospital
50 1908 Plunket Society officially formed
52 1910 The Fisherman's Cottage and the Sailor's Cottage built at Puketeraki
53 1911 Farm at Tahakopa (Catlins) purchased
Truby's mother dies, aged 93
54 1912 Truby and Bella on the road preaching the Plunket message for 3 months
55 1913 To London with Bella and Mary, representing New Zealand at medical conference
56 1914 To London to speak at Education and Eugenics Conference
58 1916 Catlins piggery begins using whey from the dairy farm
59 1917 To London, summoned by Lady Plunket. Stays for 15 months
60 1918 Travels to USA, returns to London. With honorary rank, goes to Europe
61 1919 Represents British Empire at Red Cross conference in Cannes
Returns via Australia, back to work at Seacliff
62 1920 Appointed Director of Child Welfare
63 1921 Leaves Seacliff after 32 years. Moves to Wellington.
Bella's health failing.
Mary, aged 16, starts two-year kindergarten trainingpage 17
63 1921 Publishes booklet on evils of picture shows
National tour with Bella, talking to maternity nurses and midwives
64 1922 Purchases 10 acres of land on hilltop at Melrose, overlooking Cook Strait
Another trip to Australia
65 1923 Building of house begun at Melrose
66 1924 Bella's health fails, she is hospitalised
Truby and Mary move into Melrose, Bella joins them later
Begins ordering thousands of plants for the garden
67 1925 Truby King created Knight Bachelor
Karitane hospital building commences on Melrose land
69 1927 Bella King dies. Truby heartbroken, never really recovers
Karitane hospital opens
Truby retires as Inspector-General of Mental Health, Director Child Welfare
Truby goes to Australia
70 1928 Truby and Mary embark on European trip, returning via USA
71 1929 Truby opens Karitane Products factory in Sydney
72 1930 Conference in London is not a success, Truby's old magnetism is waning
73 1931 Falls ill in Sydney
Rents out Melrose house, closes Sydney factory
74 1932 Mental state deteriorates. Committed but never hospitalised
76 1934 Confined to bed
78 1936 Permanent nursing support
80 1938 Sir Truby King passes away. Dies bankrupt. Buried with full State honours
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