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1870–1956Hospital matron, midwife, nursing administrator
Amelia Bagley was born on 2 October 1870 at Dunedin, New Zealand, to Amelia Prictor and her husband, Benjamin Bagley, a chemist. Both Amelia and her sister, Mary, chose nursing as a career and neither married. Both achieved considerable prominence within the nursing profession. Mary became...
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1912–1986Librarian, bibliographer, historian
Austin Graham Bagnall was born in Auckland on 30 November 1912, the only child of Charles Claude Bagnall, a farm manager at Kawhia, and his wife, Constance Margaret Austin, a governess. After the First World War the family moved to Glen Oroua near Rongotea, west of Palmerston North. Graham...
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1921–1963Communist, taxi driver, trade unionist
Reginald John Bailey was born on 16 March 1921 in Blenheim, the son of James Maurice Bailey, a Crown lands ranger, and his wife, Elizabeth Agnes Murray. He was always known as Chip, and in 1957 changed his name by deed poll. After his family moved to Wellington he attended Khandallah School and...
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1914–2005Political activist, dancer, teacher
Rona Bailey was one of the most important figures on the radical left in twentieth-century New Zealand. She was a communist and an organiser of protest movements, particularly against the Vietnam War, apartheid and racism. Her beliefs also found expression in her leading roles in the...
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1848–1944Teacher, librarian, feminist, peace activist, writer
Wilhelmina Sherriff (registered as William Sherif) Bain was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 5 September 1848, the daughter of Elizabeth Middlemass and her husband, John Bain, a spirit merchant. She came to New Zealand on the Gloucester in 1858 with her parents, four sisters and one brother and...
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Eleanor Southey Baker was born at French Farm, Akaroa, New Zealand, on 13 September 1879. She was the eldest of four daughters of Thomas Southey Baker, a stock owner, and his wife, Josephine Harriet Anne Dicken. Her Oxford-educated father also ran his own boys' boarding school at French Farm....
1908–1958Ngāpuhi; accountant, military leader, rehabilitation officer, public servant
Frederick Baker was born at Whauwhaukauri, Hokianga, on 19 June 1908, the son of John Francis (Frank) Baker and his wife, Jane Robinson. His father was a bushman but subsequently became a dairy farmer. Baker was of Ngāpuhi descent from his mother. He grew to six feet tall and had a dark...
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1878–1958Suffragist, wartime women's labour administrator, gardener, peace educator
Isabel Noeline Baker was born at Opawa, Christchurch, on 25 December 1878, the second and only surviving child of John Holland Baker, chief surveyor of Canterbury, and his wife, Isabel Strachey. Noeline, as she was known, was educated at home. When only 11 she accompanied her father on an...
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1841–1930Surveyor, public servant
John Holland Baker was born on 4 December 1841 at Chilcomb, Hampshire, England, one of 10 children of Catherine Mathias and her husband, Thomas Fielding Baker, an Anglican clergyman. He was raised by his grandmother for three years, and from 1851 to 1856 lived with his parents at Königswinter...
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Louisa Alice Baker was a prolific writer who described herself as 'bred under the Southern Cross, held cheaply there – and labelled in London'. She was born Louisa Alice Dawson on 13 January 1856 at Aston, Warwickshire, England, the second of five children of Elizabeth Bratt and her husband,...
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1841–1894Sheepfarmer, station manager, roading supervisor, diarist
David Paton Balfour was born on 12 July 1841 at Monikie, Forfarshire, Scotland, the son of David Balfour, a carrier, and his wife, Jane Paton; there were a number of other children. Schooling was encouraged, but David absented himself frequently. He worked for a shoemaker, then for a ropemaker...
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1895–1986Teacher, school inspector, educational administrator
Douglas George Ball was born in Wanganui on 19 October 1895, the son of John Ball, a journalist, and his wife, Emma Agnes Shaw. He was educated at the Victoria Avenue primary school and Wanganui Technical School. He then spent four years as a pupil-teacher. Enlisting in the army in 1915, Ball...
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1809–1897Coloniser, landowner, politician
Thomas Ball was born in Brigg, Lincolnshire, England, on 28 February 1809, the son of Thomas and Ann Ball. His father was a bookseller. Thomas junior trained to be a chemist and, probably in 1834, he married Jemima Abraham. The couple had two daughters, Lucy Ann and Emily, and one son, William...
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1839–1893Newspaper proprietor and editor, politician, premier
John Ballance was born at Ballypitmave, near Glenavy in County Antrim, Ireland, into a comfortably off but not prosperous family. His date of birth is said to have been 27 March 1839; he was baptised on 7 April that year. His father, Samuel Ballance, was a Protestant tenant farmer 'with...
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1924–1986Journalist, novelist, short-story writer
David Watt Ballantyne was born on 14 June 1924 in Auckland, the son of David Watt Ballantyne, a foreman carpenter, and his wife, Iris Joyce Foley, a grand-daughter of Jane Foley (Heni Te Kiri Karamu), who gave water to wounded British soldiers after the battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina). He grew...
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1906–1980Ballet teacher and examiner, choreographer
Jean Ballantyne was born on 10 July 1906 at Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, the second of five children of Edith Emily Hartshorn, a schoolteacher, and her husband, Herbert Gregory Ballantyne, who was of Scottish parentage. At the time of Jean’s birth, her father owned the general store at Puketapu, a...
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1880–1940Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and Te Whakatōhea; interpreter, private secretary, public administrator
Hēnare Te Raumoa Huatahi Balneavis was born at Muriwai, Poverty Bay, according to family information on 26 March 1880, the only son of John Henry Balneavis, a surveyor, and his wife, Rina Matewai Wilson. His special status as an only child was signified by the name Te Huatahi, and marked him as...
1817–1819?–1876Soldier, public servant
Henry Colin Balneavis was born at Ghent, Belgium, probably some time between 1817 and 1819. His birthplace is not altogether surprising, since his father, Lieutenant General Henry Balneavis, a career officer, Peninsular War veteran and colonel commandant of the 65th Regiment, moved his family...
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1855/1856?–1932Catholic nun, teacher
Frances Banahan was born in Ireland, probably in 1855 or 1856, the daughter of Cornelius Banahan, a grazier, and his wife, Margaret McManus. She entered the Brigidine Convent novitiate on 1 February 1873 in Mountrath, County Laois, and was professed as a religious on 24 February 1876, taking...
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1835?–1923Presbyterian church leader, philanthropist
Jane Burns was baptised in the parish of Monkton, in Ayr, Scotland, on 24 February 1835, the second daughter of the Reverend Thomas Burns, early religious leader of the Free Church settlement in Otago, and his wife, Clementina Grant. Her future husband, William Bannerman, was also of Scots...
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