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1883–1969Artist, art teacher
Elizabeth and Richard Wallwork were associated as artists for nearly 60 years. He was born on 2 January 1882 in Stretford, Lancashire, England, the son of Richard Wallwork, a leatherworks manager, and his wife, Mary Smith. Elizabeth Donaldson was born at Broughton, Lancashire, on 20 July 1883...
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1881–1951Engineer, aviation administrator
Pioneer aviators Leo and Vivian Walsh were mainly responsible for New Zealand’s first successful powered, controlled aeroplane flights in 1911. They designed and built New Zealand’s first successful seaplane and during the First World War operated a private training school for pilots. They...
Story: Walsh, Austin Leonard
1894–1963Seaman, trade unionist, farmer
Fintan Patrick Walsh was born Patrick Tuohy at Pātūtahi, Poverty Bay, on 13 August 1894, one of eleven children of farming parents Andrew Tuohy and his wife, Hannah O'Sullivan, both born in Ireland. He was raised a Catholic but discarded his faith as an adult. Little is known of his education...
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1912–1988Hockey player and coach, sports writer, teacher, bookseller
Cyril Vincent Walter was born at Nelson on 4 December 1912, the son of Carolena Jean Young and her husband, Reginald Richard Walter, a customs officer. In 1924 he won an entrance scholarship to Christ’s College, which he attended until 1930. After working as a clerk for a Christchurch...
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Gordon Frederick Walters was born in Wellington on 24 September 1919, the son of Ethel Constance Mexted and her husband, Henry Frederick Walters, a tailor’s presser. Gordon grew up in Wellington, where he attended Miramar South School and Rongotai College. Between 1935 and 1939 he trained and...
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1860–1940Ngāti Rangitihi; boatbuilder, rugby player, tourist guide
Alfred Patchett (Patiti) Warbrick told the historian James Cowan in 1934 that he had been born on 24 February 1860 near, and given his first bath in, the warm water basins of Te Tarata, the white terrace at Rotomahana. Other evidence indicates that he was in fact born at Matatā. He was to have...
Story: Warbrick, Alfred Patchett
1883–1961Community leader, matron
Charlotte Eliot Warburton was born in Palmerston North on 14 March 1883, the eldest of five children of English parents George Hartopp Eliot Warburton, a solicitor, and his wife, Sophia Isabella Budd. The Warburtons joined in the busy social life of the small town, and Charlotte later wrote of...
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1825/1826?–1896Temperance leader, welfare worker
Anne Titboald was born, probably in 1825 or 1826, at Exeter, Devonshire, England, the daughter of Thomas Titboald; her mother's name is not known. She arrived on the Cordelia at Wellington, New Zealand, on 29 September 1854 with her lawyer husband, Charles Dudley Robert Ward (known as Dudley...
Story: Ward, Anne
1906–1993Accountant, dairy researcher and administrator, company director, university chancellor
Arthur Hugh Ward was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England, on 25 March 1906, the son of Ada Elizabeth Burton and her husband, Arthur Ward, a publican and photographer of Thornaby-on-Tees. After his father’s death in 1910 and his mother’s remarriage, he was brought up on a farm in Yorkshire...
Story: Ward, Arthur Hugh
1832–1867Farmer, journalist, businessman, politician
Crosbie Ward is said to have been born on 10 February 1832 at Killinchy, County Down, Ireland, and was baptised there on 11 August 1833. He was the third son of Henry Ward, rector of Killinchy, and his wife, Anne Mahon. He married Margaret (Maggie) Townsend, of Rangiora, on 13 January 1857 at...
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1817–1892Pastoralist, surveyor, explorer, politician
Joseph Ward was born and baptised on 21 August 1817 at Tixall, Staffordshire, England, the son of Anne Redwood and her husband, Joseph Ward, an estate agent and tenant farmer on the Tixall estate. Ward's very broken education included being tutored by a Roman Catholic priest and attending...
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1856–1930Merchant, politician, prime minister
Joseph George Ward (registered at birth as Joseph Ward) was born in Hawke Street, North Melbourne, Australia, on 26 April 1856, the son of Irish immigrant parents William Ward, a clerk, and his wife, Hannah Dorney. Joseph was their third surviving child; seven others died in infancy. William...
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1862–1927Farmworker, bookseller and stationer, astronomer
Joseph Thomas Ward was born at Chelsea, London, England, on 25 January 1862, the son of Mary Sarah Clark and her husband, Francis Ward, a licensed victualler. From an early age Joseph showed a keen intellect and read widely. He was educated for the Catholic priesthood but decided instead to go...
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1890–1972Pastoralist, businessman, wool industry leader
Henry John Wardell was born at Dunedin on 12 August 1890, the third child of Georgina Wardell and her husband, John Wardell. Harry’s parents were cousins; they had immigrated to New Zealand in 1886 with two of his father’s brothers from County Antrim, Ireland. The three Wardell brothers...
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1924–2001Ngāpuhi; community worker
Whāea (mother) Betty Wark worked with ‘at risk’ Māori youth in Auckland for more than 30 years. The product of a difficult childhood, she struggled to provide a family environment to many young people whose lives had been destabilised by mid-twentieth century Māori urbanisation. At Arohanui,...
1900–1988Anglican bishop, university chancellor
Alwyn Keith Warren was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 23 September 1900, the son of Thomas John Cory Warren, a merchant, and his wife, Lucy Frances Williams. Doreen Eda Laws was born at Portswood, near Southampton, England, on 2 April 1901, the daughter of Charles Frederick Laws, a master...
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Enga Margaret Washbourn was born in Collingwood, Golden Bay, on 1 March 1908, the eldest child of Sydney Laing Sinclair and her husband, Henry Everly Arthur Washbourn, a medical practitioner in Nelson and later Collingwood. She attended Nelson College for Girls from 1921 to 1926. She excelled...
Story: Washbourn, Enga Margaret
John Cathcart Wason was born on the Corwar estate, Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland, in November 1848, the son of Euphemia McTier and her husband, Peter Rigby Wason. His father was a barrister and a successful farmer who converted much of the Corwar estate from moor to arable land; he had also...
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1910–1967Ngāti Maru and Te Arawa; rugby league player, politician, industrial welfare officer
Puti Tīpene Wātene, popularly known as Steve, was born in Kirikiri, Thames, on 18 August 1910, the only child of Rose Maria Savage (Hāwete) of Te Arawa and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, and her second husband, Toke Wātene, a farmer of Ngāti Maru descent. He had a half-brother from his mother’s first...
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1918–1982Agrochemical distributor and manufacturer, businessman
Born in New Plymouth on 24 February 1918, Daniel Anthony Watkins was the fifth child and third son of Augustus Edward Watkins, a self-employed accountant, and his wife, Alice Mary Kyngdon. He attended West End School and New Plymouth Boys’ High School, where he excelled in swimming. From 1932...
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