In an emergency dial


Our history

Since 1927 Wellington Free Ambulance has been providing an invaluable service to the people of the Wellington region, thanks to the Mayor of the day, Charles Norwood.

“A man was lying on the cold footpath with the crowd just standing around looking at him.  I asked: has anyone sent for a doctor – yes they had.  Has anyone sent for an ambulance – no, they couldn’t get one from the hospital.   This really set the idea of a free ambulance service going in my mind.”

Charles Norwood, city mayor and philanthropist.  The year was 1927.

This vision was a gift that has held through the years and makes Wellington Free Ambulance 100% unique.

  • 1920s

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