Sir Archibald McIndoe (1900-1960) was born on the 4th of May, 1900 in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was the second of the four children of John McIndoe, a printer, and his wife, Mabel Hill. He was educated at Otago High School. He studied Medicine at Otago University. He qualified M.B, ChB in 1924, winning medals in medicine and surgery. After qualifying, he was appointed house surgeon at Waikato Hospital.