The New Zealand Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week Present
Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes
Kia ora, The New Zealand Project is proud to nominate Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes to be the collaborative profile of the week. Sir Brian was a pioneering heart surgeon who was born in Wellington in 1924. He performed the first "hole in the heart" open heart surgery in New Zealand on a 10 year old child in 1958. He went on to achieve international recognition in the various fields of cardiac surgery and was knighted in 1971.
Our New Zealand project members have already made a start by adding some links to his profile and profiles for both parents. There's lots more to add !!
1. What were his early years like?
2. What were the highlights of his career?
3. He certainly was a remarkable surgeon but what of his family life?
4. What unique honour did he receive in 1995?
5. What was ironic about the cause of his death?
It’s helpful to the collaboration and to save duplication of work, if you post an answer here before working on some aspect of the profile. But please feel free to simply add to the profile whatever you’ve found out with it’s source.
New Zealand Project
Because of its remoteness New Zealand was one of the last land masses to be settled by humans. Polynesians were the first settlers in the islands that were to become New Zealand developing a distinctive Māori culture. Today the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million are of European descent with English being the predominant language.
The New Zealand project is for anyone with an interest in the country, it's people and it's history. Through sub projects such as First Ships, we strive to assist members in tracing their ancestors' journeys from the early 19th century onward. If you would like to join the New Zealand project just contact Maria Maxwell.