Historic plaque presented to care home

Pictured are Sandy and his wife Sylvia presenting Kim with the plaque. They have also donated Doctor Elmslie’s original medical certificate.Photo: Rob White / Wanaka Sun

Care home receives doctor’s plaque

Elmslie House has been given a plaque that once stood outside the surgery of the doctor who gave it its name.

The care home, based on Stone Street, is named after Alexander Harper Elmslie, the doctor for Pembroke from 1925 to 1938. His practice was run from a house on the main street near the original library and the plaque, which outlines his name and credentials, hung outside.

Dr Elmslie returned to the area to retire in 1948, eight years after it changed its name from Pembroke to Wanaka. The plaque was then passed on to his family when he died, and last Wednesday (January 24), his godson Alexander Morris, known as Sandy, awarded it to Elmslie House.

 “He was the best man at my parents’ wedding in 1939. Elmslie House is named after Dr Elmslie and I thought it’s a suitable place for the shingle to go up. It’s the history of the building,” Sandy said.

Kim Taylor, the clinical coordinator at Elmslie House, said, “We appreciate having that link back to the doctor that the facility is named after. It will be nice to explain to residents how it came to be known as Elmslie House.”

Sandy said he was delighted to make the presentation and thought Dr Elmslie would have been very happy to know that his plaque was on display at the care home.

  - By Rob White / Wanaka Sun. Email: journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Pictured are Sandy and his wife Sylvia presenting Kim with the plaque. They have also donated Doctor Elmslie’s original medical certificate.Photo: Rob White / Wanaka Sun


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