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1812/1813?–1888Artist, farmer, politician
Albin Martin was born, probably in 1812 or 1813, at Stower Provost (Stour Provost), Dorsetshire, England, the son of Harry Martin, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth Gatehouse. He became a pupil of the well-known poet William Barnes, before attending grammar school in Salisbury. In...
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Arthur Anderson Martin was born in Milton, Otago, New Zealand, on 26 March 1876, the son of Thomas Martin, a labourer, and his wife, Jessie Anderson. Educated at Lumsden School and Lawrence District High School, in 1893 he was highly placed in civil service examinations. In 1894 he began a...
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Born on 18 May 1830 in Cockfield, Durham, England, Hannah White was the first daughter, after four sons, of Jane Angus and her husband, Francis White. On 22 November 1834 the Cockfield blacksmith and his family, now increased by another girl, sailed from London on the Fortune to join Francis's...
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1898–1982Nurse, hospital matron, tutor, nurses' association leader
Jessie Iris Martin was born in Wellington on 19 December 1898, the daughter of Harriet Wilhelmina Warnes and her husband, William Lee Martin, a storeman who later farmed at Matangi near Hamilton and became MP for Raglan (1927–31 and 1935–43). After working for a time in the office of the local...
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1822–1892Labourer, carter, merchant, politician, runholder, land speculator
According to family sources John Martin was born on 11 November 1822 at Moneymore, County Londonderry, Ireland. He was the son of John Martin, a clergyman who was later a farmer, and his second wife, Sarah Espie. There were three children of the first marriage, and John Martin junior was the...
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1843–1916Teacher, educationalist, lecturer, photographer
Josiah Martin was born in London, England, on 1 August 1843, the son of Charlotte Bromley and her husband, Josiah Martin. His father was a melter, and later an actuary. The young Josiah's first job appears to have been in an insurance office. He was in business as a coal merchant when, in...
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1817–1884Community leader, teacher, writer
Mary Ann Parker was born in London, England, on 5 July 1817, the daughter of William Parker, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Ann. Very little is known about Mary's childhood and education, although she later suffered ill health which seems to have had its origins in a sickly childhood....
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1805–1810?–1848Land claimant, magistrate, journalist, writer
Samuel McDonald Martin was born probably in Kilmuir, Trotternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland, some time between 1805 and 1810. He was the son of Mary Nicholson and her husband, John Martin, a doctor. Samuel Martin graduated MD from the University of Glasgow in 1835. It is likely that while in...
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New Zealand's first chief justice, William Martin, the youngest son of Henry Martin, a manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Martin, was baptised on 22 May 1807 in Birmingham, England, where he received his early education at King Edward VI Grammar School. Formally admitted to St John's College,...
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1891–1978Palaeontologist, geological consultant
John Marwick was born at Maheno, near Oamaru, on 3 February 1891. He was the son of Hugh Marwick, an Orkney Islander trained as a wheelwright, and his wife, Jane Cuthbert. After attending Oamaru North School from 1896 to 1903 Jack Marwick enrolled at Waitaki Boys' High School. A set of...
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1839–1898Farmer, entomologist, administrator
William Miles Maskell was born at Mapperton, Dorsetshire, England, on 5 October 1839. He was the son of Mary Scott and her husband, William Maskell, an Anglican clergyman who joined the Catholic church in the 1850s. Maskell was educated at the Catholic St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham,...
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1921–1982Playwright, actor, critic
Bruce Edward George Mason was born on 28 September 1921 at Wellington, the son of Howard George Mason, a New Zealand-born accountant, and his English wife, Anne March. Bruce’s family moved to the seaside suburb of Takapuna, Auckland, when he was five. He later wrote: ‘This huge panorama has...
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1885–1975Lawyer, politician, monetary reformer
Henry Greathead Rex Mason was born on 3 June 1885 in Wellington, the son of Harry Brooks Mason, a compositor from Cape Town, and his Australian-born wife, Henrietta Emma Rex, who helped to form the Women's Social and Political League in 1894. Rex Mason was dux of Wellington College in 1902 and...
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1864–1924Doctor, public health administrator
James Malcolm Mason was born in the Scottish fishing port of Arbroath, Forfarshire, on 22 August 1864, the son of Sarah Malcolm and her husband, Thomas Mason, a railway labourer who later became a librarian. In the early 1880s James became an assistant librarian in Glasgow before studying...
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1905–1971Poet, tutor, labourer, journalist, editor, socialist
Ronald Allison Kells Mason was born in Penrose, Auckland, on 10 January 1905, the son of Francis William Mason and his wife, Jessie Forbes Kells. His father, a perfume maker, died of an accidental overdose of opium in 1913 and he and his elder brother were sent to live with an aunt, Isabella...
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Ruth Mason was born in Auckland on 7 November 1913, the eldest of four children of Dulcia Martina Rockell and her husband, Henry Greathead Rex Mason, a solicitor. Rex was active in the early days of the New Zealand Labour Party and later became a Labour cabinet minister. Ruth lived in Pukekohe...
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1818–1903Quaker, runholder, horticulturalist, politician
Thomas Mason was born in York, Yorkshire, England, on 28 July 1818, the first of three children of John Mason, a tea dealer, and his wife, Catharine Smart of Warwick. Both parents and their families were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). Thomas's father died in 1822 at the age of 33...
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1810–1897Architect, politician, local politician
William Mason was born at Ipswich, Suffolk, England, on 24 February 1810, the son of George Mason and his wife, Elizabeth Forty. On 1 June 1831 he married Sarah Nichols or Nickless, a Berkshire woman 15 years older than he, at St Pancras Old Church, London; they had one son, William. Sarah...
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1863–1932Homemaker, political hostess, community leader
Christina Allan Paul was born in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia, on 11 January 1863, the eldest of four children of Scottish immigrants Christina Allan and her husband, Walter Paul, a miner. The family settled in Auckland, New Zealand, soon afterwards, purchasing farmland at Mangere. When...
Story: Massey, Christina Allan
1856–1925Farmer, politician, prime minister
William Ferguson Massey was born at Limavady, near Londonderry in northern Ireland, on 26 March 1856. Bill Massey, as he was generally known, was the eldest child of John Massey and his wife, Mary Anne Ferguson. Bill's father came from a long-established Ulster family but both his mother and...
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