The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Dr. Edward Menzies
Dr. Edward Menzies was born at Kingston, Jamaica, in the year 1820, was educated at Hall Place School, Baxley, Kent, and studied for his profession at Guy's Hospital. London, where he took his degree of M.R.C.S. in 1841. He entered the army, and was all through the Crimean war. During his thirty years' connection with the army, he spent nearly twenty years of that period in the various provinces of India, two years in Turkey, four in China, and a few months in Canada, and retired on a pension in 1872, with the rank of inspector general of army hospitals. He then went to Buenos Ayres, where he practised until 1874, when, on the death of his wife he left for England. After six years spent in Bath, Dr. Menzies came to New Zealand, entered into practice in Napier, and was appointed to the charge of the Napier Hospital and the Old Men's Refuge, retiring from the former position in 1896. He died on the 25th of May, 1904.