Kathleen Hall (He Ming Qing)

Kathleen Hall RGN, RM (1896 – 1970)

Kathleen Hall (He Ming Qing) was a New Zealand missionary nurse in China who worked in poor rural areas under extremely difficult conditions, and trained local nurses to work alongside her. She was also swept up in the war against Japan. Not only did she nurse the sick and wounded, but time and time again she smuggled medical supplies through the Japanese lines to Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian surgeon who was in charge of medical services for the Chinese 8th Route Army. 

Kathleen Hall Memorial Scholarship


The He Ming Qing (Kathleen Hall) Memorial Scholarship was established in her honour by the New Zealand China Friendship Society Inc. to provide three-year scholarships for Chinese from poor rural areas enabling them to complete nursing training in order to return to their villages and work for improved health standards. This scholarship replaces the previous Kathleen Hall Centennial Memorial Scholarship, which ran for ten years.

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Kathleen Hall–Latest News

Kathleen Hall, International Webinar

On 29 July 2021, the online webinar of “China-New Zealand Friendship Envoy-in Commemoration of Kathleen Hall’s 125th Birthday” was held. The event was jointed organized by Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the New...

He Ming Qing Memorial Scholarship news

Two He Mingqing Scholars selected

NZCFS' He Mingqing Scholarship Committee received three recommendations in August 2021: two recommended by Shaanxi Women's Federation, and one from Shanxi Province. We have to date supported three female students that Shaanxi Women’s Federation have...

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