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Frederic Truby King (1858 - 1938)

01 Jul 2016

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Biography, Health

Who was Sir Truby King?

LEVEL: Primary

Frederic Truby King was a New Zealand doctor, who worked to improve the health of women and children. He started the Plunket Society to help mothers raise their children, and Karitane hospitals to care for sick babies

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable. Enter 'Truby King' into the search bar and you will see that his name is highlighted in lots of stories to do with health

To find out about his life:

  1. Choose the 'Biography' tab
  2. Then 'K' for King
  3. Look down the list for King, Frederic Truby

A book about Truby King has been digitised, which means that you can read it online in the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. At the beginning of the book, there is a very handy Chronology (timeline) of Truby King's life. You can find it in the Table of contents.

HOT TIP: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

For a shorter account of Truby King's life go to NZHistory, which is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa and it also belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage! Just type 'Truby King' into the search bar and go to the first result Truby King

To find out more about how Truby King became involved with Plunket, have a look at Our history on the Plunket website.

In 1925 Sir Frederic Truby King received a knighthood and in 1957 he was the first New Zealander to feature on a New Zealand postage stamp.

When Truby King died in 1938, several tributes were published in The Press newspaper.

Check out our other ManyAnswers entries about famous New Zealanders.

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