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1901–1968Welfare worker, community leader
Maria (Myna) Dunin Borkowska was born on 31 March 1901 in Klimaszowka, eastern Poland, then part of Russia. Her father, Kalikst Dunin Borkowski, an estate owner, and his wife, Maria Wolowska, belonged to the Polish nobility. She went to school in Kiev, and was there during the Russian...
Story: Wodzicka, Maria
1900–1987Biologist, university professor, consul general, scientific administrator
Kazimierz Antoni z Granowa Wodzicki, born on 4 February 1900 at Olejów, eastern Poland, was the son of Maria Dzieduszycka and her husband, Count Alexander Louis Wodzicki. Kazimierz’s father spent his life managing the family estates at Olejów; his grandfather was a distinguished naturalist....
1812?–1891Missionary, nurse, teacher
Johann Friedrich Heinrich Wohlers, known in New Zealand as John Frederick Henry Wohlers, was born on 1 October 1811 at Mahlenstorf, a village several miles from Bremen on the border of the kingdom of Hanover and the grand duchy of Oldenburg. He was the son of Johann Gerd Wohlers, a farmer, and...
Story: Wohlers, Eliza
1872–1956Policeman, police commissioner
Ward George Wohlmann was born on 4 August 1872 in a cottage at the Invercargill police station. His parents were Rebecca McDonald and her husband, George Alfred Wohlman, a police constable and later a farmer. Little is known of Ward's education. After working as a farm labourer and then...
Story: Wohlmann, Ward George
1879–1958Butcher, orchardist, viticulturist, wine-maker
On 31 December 1914, inflamed with anti-German hostility, a crowd of about a thousand people ransacked Friedrich and Anna Wohnsiedler's butchery in the main street of Gisborne. The couple fled with their three young children out a top-storey window and across planks to an adjacent building....
Story: Wohnsiedler, Friedrich
1839/1840?–1911Storekeeper, policeman, interpreter
Charles Wong Gye, also known as Wong Gye and Wong Ah Gye, was born at Canton (Guangzhou), China, in 1839 or 1840. He was the son of Wong Hung, a merchant, and his wife, Leong Sum. Nothing is known of his early life. On 6 May 1869 he married Harriet Asquith, a needlewoman, in Melbourne,...
Story: Wong Gye, Charles
Benjamin Wong Tape, also named Wong Ben Yew, was born on 26 December 1875 in Dunedin, New Zealand, the eldest child of Forsigh Wong Tape and his second wife, Hie Toy. Wong Tape, a merchant from Sunning (Taishan) county, Guangdong province, China, had led an early group of Cantonese goldseekers...
Story: Wong Tape, Benjamin
Cecil Walter Wood was born at Christchurch on 6 June 1878, the sixth of nine children of Robert Haswell Wood, a merchant, and his wife, Margaret Amelia Tribe. His mother died when he was seven and his father later remarried. Cecil attended Christchurch West School and at the age of 12 was...
Story: Wood, Cecil Walter
1903–1989Historian, university professor
Frederick Lloyd Whitfeld Wood was born in Sydney, Australia, on 29 September 1903, the son of George Arnold Wood and his wife, Eleanor Madeline Whitfeld. His father had migrated to Australia to be the University of Sydney’s first professor of history. Frederick, or ‘Freddie’ as he became...
1909–1990Educationalist, music teacher
Joan Myrtle Walter was born on 11 January 1909 in South Weald, Essex, England, the eldest of three daughters of South African-born Vivienne Frances Myrtle Noyce and her English husband, Ernest Lee Walter, an East India merchant. She was educated in London and South Africa, becoming dux of...
Story: Wood, Joan Myrtle
Susan Lapham was born on 21 August 1836, at Lisdillon, Great Swan Port, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Australia. She was the youngest daughter of Susan Butler and her husband, Samuel Lapham, a farmer, and later deputy sheriff of Portland, Victoria. On 9 February 1854, at Portland, she married...
Story: Wood, Susan
1896–1989Runholder, wool-classer, cattle breeder, historian, community leader
Philip Randal Woodhouse was born in Dunedin on 9 February 1886, the son of John Frederick Churton Woodhouse, a solicitor, and his wife, Edith Bathgate. Randal (as he was known) was educated at Otago Boys' High School and the University of Otago. After graduating in medicine in 1910 he joined...
Story: Woodhouse, Airini Elizabeth
1883–1977Journalist, librarian, broadcaster, radio quiz contestant, writer
Alice Woodhouse was born in Dunedin on 14 December 1883, one of three children of Edith Bathgate and her husband, John Frederick Woodhouse, a solicitor. She began reading at the age of four and was educated at private schools for girls in Dunedin, where her developing interest in literature...
Story: Woodhouse, Alice
1787/1788?–1867Soldier, police officer, bailiff
Benjamin Woods was the most important police officer in northern New Zealand between 1840 and 1853. He was born in King's County, Ireland, probably in 1787 or 1788, the fifth of six children born to Ann Wilkinson and her husband, Jonathon Woods, a shopkeeper. He married in Dublin, having...
Story: Woods, Benjamin
1810?–1881Businessman, educationalist, politician, Congregational leader, public trustee
Jonas Woodward was baptised at St Peter, Cornhill, London, England, on 29 April 1810. He was the son of Samuel Woodward, a coal-meter, and his wife, Elizabeth Pearson, formerly Day. Jonas was the eldest of the family, which consisted of four daughters and two sons. Jonas Woodward married...
Story: Woodward, Jonas
1910–1998Artist, orchardist, salesman
Mountford Tosswill Woollaston was born at Toko, Stratford, on 11 April 1910, and raised with four brothers on a dairy farm near Huinga in the Taranaki backblocks. He was the son of John Reginald Woollaston, a sharemilker, and his wife, Charlotte Kathleen Frances Tosswill. Toss (as he was always...
1872–1943Mariner, polar explorer, naval officer, writer
Frank Arthur Worsley was born at Akaroa, New Zealand, on 22 February 1872, the son of Vincent Georgiana Priscilla Fulton and her husband, Henry Theophilus Worsley, a labourer. After attending Fendalton School he joined the New Zealand Shipping Company in 1887, serving on sailing ships between...
Story: Worsley, Frank Arthur
Little is known about the early life of confidence trickster Arthur Bently Worthington. His real name was Oakley Crawford, but he was also known as Samuel Oakley Crawford. He was born to Samuel Crawford, a lawyer, and his wife, Susan Reynolds, on 1 March 1847 in Saugerties, New York state, USA...
Story: Worthington, Arthur Bently
1861–1938Policeman, police commissioner
Arthur Hobbins Wright was born at South Hamlet, Gloucester, England, on 8 April 1861, the ninth and youngest child of Henry Wright, a prominent mechanical engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth Hobbins. In 1879 he arrived in New Zealand on the Fernglen. Settling in Auckland, he worked as a clerk...
Story: Wright, Arthur Hobbins
1869–1928Shepherd, poet, journalist, Congregational minister
David McKee Wright was born at Ballynaskeagh, County Down, Ireland, on 6 August 1869, the second son of William Wright, a Presbyterian missionary, and his wife, Annie McKee. His mother remained only briefly in Ireland following his birth and he was raised by his grandmother, Rebecca McKee,...
Story: Wright, David McKee