(You can also watch this video on YouTube here )
- 50 YEARS ON"
a sparkling Spring day, November 2nd 2006, the 50th anniversary of the
Salk Polio Vaccine was celebrated at the beautiful Wilson Home in
Takapuna. Ninety polio survivors, spouses and family gathered to give
thanks at a chapel service for the anniversary of this vaccine ....
this historic vaccine which was discovered too late to benefit any of
forgotten by most New Zealanders, the now aging adults got polio as
children before the vaccine arrived here in 1956. These survivors are
still sprinkled thoughout society and carry within them the memories
and the physical ravages of polio.
Yet in a strange irony they
enjoyed a day of story-telling and reminiscing about their struggles in
the very home where they had been rehabilitated so long ago.
- 1. Polio -
50 years on 7m (watch this video here)
- 2. Chapel
- 3. Polio
Stories from the Wilson Home 1h 39m
- 4. The
Wilson Home grounds 5m
The Wilson Home Trust
Wilson Home Trust was established in 1937 when Mr & Mrs W R
gifted their family home, and 13 acres of magnificent coastal gardens
at Takapuna, for the express benefit of children with disabilities.
Wilsons had been inspired about the trends in treating children with
polio and other crippling conditions and disabilities. The wide
verandas were ideal for laying out those with infantile paralysis to
benefit from the sun and sea breezes. During the 1940's, 1950's, and
into the early 1960's, the Wilson Home was indeed a caring home for so
many with polio.
lived there for several months and some for a number of years as their
bodies recovered enough to enter school and society. The polio
vaccines were introduced in the mid 1950's and the polio epidemics
ceased in the early 1960's.
Wilson home still operates today, meeting the special needs of hundreds
of special children, but fortunately none with Polio.
More about the Wilson Home here...
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