Edward William Seagar

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Pioneer of Mental Health

Edward William Seagar came to New Zealand in 1851 and played an important role in the early development of Canterbury. He served at first in the police force and in the prison service, then became the first Steward of Sunnyside Asylum, his wife serving as Matron, both proving sympathetic and enlightened in their approach to problems of mental health. This exhaustive biography by his granddaughter is the result of many years of research, and stands as both a tribute to great pioneers and as a valuable contribution to the history of mental hospitals in early New Zealand.

Published in 1987.

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Madeleine Seager


Out of Print




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