Topic: Dr. W. S. Wallis

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Dr Wallis was Superintendant of King George V Hospital and on the establishment during the Second World War of the Services Convalescent Hospital, he continued the work he had begun with ex-servicemen and infantile paralysis patients.

Dr Wilfred Stanley Wallis  

Wilfred Stanley Wallis was born in Christchurch in 1892 and educated at Christchurch Boys' High before graduating from Otago University in 1914.

In 1915 he went overseas with the First Stationary Hospital, travelling with the 5th reinforcements, where he served in Egypt. Later he served in Hornchurch, England where hundreds of soldiers of the 1st NZEF were under his care. Dr Wallis returned to New Zealand with the rank of lieutenant-colonel as Chief Medical Officer of the hospital transport Maunganui. After a brief stint in Christchurch he was appointed superintendent of the King George V Hospital now Rotorua Hospital [2013].

At the conclusion of his tour of duty "on the Hill", he went into private practice in Rotorua for 17 years and on the establisment of the Services Convalescent Hospital, later renamed as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital(1948-), from 1941 and all during the Second World War, he took over the same work he had begun with ex-servicemen and infantile paralysis patients.

He retired from the at the end of March 1957 and had resumed private practice just one month before he died on 20 September 1957.

Dr Wallis was an honorary Fellow of the NZ Orthopaedic Society, a former president and life member of the Rotorua RSA, a vice-patron of the Crippled Children Society and first and only president of the Rotorua Arts Society. Five of his pieces are held by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and in 1950 he also exhibited in Wellington with the Thornhill Group   

A great participant and follower of all kinds of sport Dr Wallis in his time was a Rugby referee and Cricket coach, a member of the Rotorua Golf Club and the Rotorua Bowling Club. In his younger days, he was also a keen angler and deerhunter.

Thanks to the K Taylor Collection and the Don Stafford Index


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Dr. W. S. Wallis

First Names:Wilfred Stanley
Last Name:Wallis