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William Gray Young was the son of Matthew Gray Young and his wife, Agnes Anderson Barclay, and was born in Oamaru on 21 June 1885. His father had arrived in New Zealand from Scotland as a watchmaker, and developed skills as a jewellery retailer in partnership with his brother. They moved their...
Story: Young, William Gray
1870–1953Seaman, trade unionist
William Thomas (Tom) Young was born in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand, on 27 April 1870, the son of Jessie Dykes and her husband, William Young, a farmer. Tom Young began work when he was 11 and went to sea soon after. His involvement with the union movement can be traced to 1895, when he was...
Story: Young, William Thomas
1878–1969Artist, art teacher, photographer
Adela Mary Roche was born at Te Awamutu on 3 April 1878, the second child of Emily Adela Malcolm and her Irish-born husband, Hungerford Roche, a farmer and local politician. Her aunt, Fanny Osborne, was a well-known painter of New Zealand flora. Adele, as she preferred to be known, was raised...
Story: Younghusband, Adela Mary
1910–1983Lawyer, farmer, farmers’ advocate, peace campaigner
Harold Wilfred Youren was born in Auckland on 23 April 1910 to Mary Philpott Pitcher and her husband, David Prinald Youren, a banker. He was educated at Wellington College and gained both Junior and Senior National Scholarships. He then attended Victoria University College and Auckland...
Story: Youren, Harold Wilfred
1881–1955Teacher, translator, consul
Yue Ah Hee, a Chinese merchant, emigrated to Otago, New Zealand, from the village of Lee Yuan, Sunning (Taishan) county, Guangdong province, and in 1877 married a Scottish domestic servant, Mary Ferguson. On 15 July 1881 at Roxburgh the fourth of five children was born, and registered with the...
Story: Yue, Henry Jackson
1871–1949Professor of modern languages
George William Edward Ernest von Zedlitz, first professor of modern languages at Victoria College, Wellington, New Zealand, was born near Neukirch, Germany, on 10 March 1871, the only child of an Englishwoman, Mary Bethia Wolff, and her husband, Baron Sigismund von Zedlitz und Neukirch, a...
1804?–1854Policeman, farmer, innkeeper
Joseph Zillwood was baptised at Cholderton, Wiltshire, England, on 23 December 1804. He was the son of Thomas Zillwood, a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Silver. Little is known of his early life, although he worked as an agricultural labourer and at Laverstock Asylum, near Salisbury. On 26...
Story: Zillwood, Joseph
1893–1997Ngai Tai and Ngati Paoa woman of mana, secretary, community leader
Rachael Ngeungeu Te Irirangi Beamish was born at Waiariki, Mercer, Waikato, on 10 October 1893, the third of ten children of Richard Evanson Beamish, a settler and later master mariner, and his wife, Rangi Takotokino Emere (Emily) Maxwell. Rangi was the daughter of Anaru Makiwhara (Andrew...
Victor Dmitrievich Zotov (Zotoff) was born in Vladivostok, Russia, on 16 September 1908. Little is known of his early life, but in 1924 he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents, Dmitry Nikitich Zotoff and his wife, Olga Ivanovna Mikulovskaya. The family settled in Bunnythorpe, Manawatu,...
Story: Zotov, Victor Dmitrievich