Roger Ridley-Smith

Roger graduated in Medicine from Otago in 1959.   From 1962 to 1990 he worked in full-time general practice in the Wellington area.  He was visiting MO at Arohata Women's Prison for seventeen years and a Wellington City Councillor from 1980 - 1983.

Since medical retirement he has pursued his passion for the French language and in 2007 graduated BA with First Class Honours in French from Victoria University Wellington.  He is currently engaged in the translation of two French novels.

He has written two novels "I'm not here for the Money" and "Rough House" a novel about boarding school life in the 1940s.   His historical interests include the impact on this country of the First World War.

Talks given to WMHS previously include:

2007Military Medicine and Military Psychiatry in the First World War
2009Prostitution in Paris in the 1830s
2010Queen Mary Hospital
2011Gallipoli - Running Hot and Cold
2013The Karori Lunatic Asylum
2014 The Treaty of Versailles of 1919
2015 Work and Prayer in the Medieval Monastery
2016 A Very General Practice
2018 Blitzed - The Nazis and the Pharmaceutical Industry