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1881–1972Music teacher, conductor, organist, composer
Harold Temple White was born in Laceby, Lincolnshire, England, on 24 December 1881, the son of Emma Jane Wales and her husband, John Hobson White, a grocer. The family were ardent Methodists (John White was to become a minister at Kimbolton) and Harold's religious upbringing strongly...
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1826–1891Scholar, writer, linguist, public servant
John White was born in the village of Cockfield in Durham, England, on 3 January 1826, one of a family of eight children born to Francis White, a blacksmith, and his wife, Jane Angus. The White family emigrated to New Zealand in 1834. They were probably encouraged by Francis's brother, William...
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1906–1967Photographer, photojournalist, aviator, publisher, writer
Leo Lemuel White was born at Auckland on 4 July 1906 to May Rae and her husband, Albert Edward White, a carter. He was educated at Ellerslie and Remuera schools. After completing the sixth standard he joined the Post and Telegraph Department as a messenger.
Acquiring a Brownie box...
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William White was born on 11 February 1794, at Ingleton, County Durham, England, the elder son of Francis White and his wife, Hannah Walker. He became a carpenter by trade and a Wesleyan lay preacher. In 1822 he was ordained and sent to New Zealand to help the Reverend Samuel Leigh establish...
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1899–1983Biochemist, microbiologist, scientific administrator
Hugh Robinson Whitehead was born in Hunslet, Leeds, England, on 11 November 1899, the son of Annie May Robinson and her husband, John Hanson Whitehead, an electrical engineer. He was educated in Leeds and graduated BSc (1921) and MSc (1922) from the University of Leeds. He then worked as a...
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1856–1929Motion picture exhibitor and producer
Alfred Henry Whitehouse was born on 15 September 1856 at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, the son of Abel Whitehouse, a warehouseman, and his wife, Matilda Craddock. He is believed to have come to New Zealand with his parents about 1864. Very little is known of his early life. When he...
Story: Whitehouse, Alfred Henry
1912–2002Actor, producer, broadcaster
Davina Whitehouse’s career in performance spanned 70 years, from theatre and film roles in Britain between the 1920s and the 1940s to radio, theatre, television and film roles in New Zealand from the 1950s to the 2000s. In New Zealand she was widely recognised as an energetic advocate for local...
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John Whiteley was born at Kneesall, Nottinghamshire, England, the son of James Whiteley, a grocer, and his wife, Elizabeth Rainor. He was born on 20 July 1806, which was also the day of his baptism. He went to primary school at Farnsfield and was apprenticed to a miller and baker before being...
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1855–1875Tightrope dancer, gymnast, magician
Jane Whiteside was born on 5 February 1855 and baptised on 28 February in the Church of Ireland, Tullylish, County Down, Ireland. Her parents were Jane Totten and her husband, John Whiteside, a weaver of Clare, County Down. Her father enlisted in the 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment...
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1891–1977Journalist, newspaper editor and proprietor
William Arthur Whitlock was born at Nelson on 2 July 1891, the son of William Charles Whitlock and his wife, Hobart-born Mary Saul Alexander. His father had come to New Zealand from England to take up farming, but instead became a pioneer newspaper proprietor. Around 1899 the family moved to...
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1829–1903Soldier, military leader, runholder, politician
George Stoddart Whitmore was born on 30 May 1829 in Malta, the son of George St Vincent Whitmore and his wife, Isabella Maxwell Stoddart. His father was a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers stationed at Malta; his mother was the daughter of Sir John Stoddart, the chief justice of Malta. The...
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1836–1932Soldier, ammunition manufacturer
John Whitney was born on 27 June 1836 at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, the son of James Whitney, a chemist, and his wife, Sophia Caroline Carline. After attending school at Shrewsbury, he obtained a commission in 1858 in the British Army, serving mainly in Ireland. On 18 April 1860 John...
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1914–1985Agricultural chemist, dairy researcher, community worker, peace activist
Walter George Whittlestone, known to friends and family as ‘Wattie’, was born at Abbotsford, near Dunedin, on 2 April 1914, the son of Annie Ethel Lowe and her husband, George Frederick Opawa Whittlestone, a miner. When he was four the family moved to Kaitangata, where George became a mine...
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1908–1983Tuhoe; cook, blacksmith, midwife, exhumer
Wi Whitu was born on 4 December 1908 at Maungapohatu, at the height of Rua Kenana’s religious leadership there. His parents were Whitu Te Rangimaka (Maka) Tawa (or Kanuehi) of Hamua, a Tuhoe hapu in Ruatoki, and his wife, Kirikino (also known as Koutu) Hikihiki of the Tamakaimoana hapu at...
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1877–1945Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou; doctor, historian, community leader
Tutere Wi Repa was one of a group of Maori who, in the early twentieth century, set out to put their professional training at the disposal of their people. Less well known than men such as Apirana Ngata, Peter Buck and Maui Pomare, he was to spend most of his life in comparative obscurity on...
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1892–1989Nurse, tutor, hospital matron, nursing administrator
Muriel Grace Widdowson was born in Christchurch on 14 June 1892, the third of four children of Emma Matilda Lawrence and her husband, Howell Young Widdowson, a solicitor. The family moved to Dunedin in 1905 when Howell became a magistrate. There Grace became a pupil at Braemar House. Lack of...
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Joan Wiffen was a self-taught palaeontologist who greatly advanced knowledge of fossil reptiles in New Zealand. Wiffen, who described herself as ‘a rank amateur, a Hawkes Bay housewife in fact, with no scientific training, just … a great deal of curiosity’, made some of New Zealand’s most...
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1913–1980Civilian and military aviator, company director, commercial aviation entrepreneur
Henry Rodolph Wigley was born at Fairlie, South Canterbury, on 2 February 1913, the eldest son of Jessie Christie Grant and her husband, Rodolph Lysaght Wigley, a mail contractor, and later an airline operator. Harry attended Timaru Boys’ High School and Christ’s College. He was still under 20...
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1881–1946Motor transport, tourism and commercial aviation entrepreneur
Rodolph Lysaght Wigley was born on 21 October 1881 at Opuha Gorge station, South Canterbury, New Zealand. He was the second of four children born to Thomas Henry Wigley, a sheepfarmer and MLC, and his second wife, Annie Caroline Lysaght. Educated at Christ's College from 1896 to 1898, Rodolph...
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1857–1934Businessman, politician, aviation promoter
Born in London, England, on 18 January 1857, Henry Francis Wigram was the son of a barrister, William Knox Wigram, and his wife, Mary Ann Pomeroy, daughter of the fifth Viscount Harberton. After attending Harrow School, Wigram worked with the Bank of England and a London shipping company....
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