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Charles Allan Marris was born on 11 September 1876 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His father, Charles Augustus Marris, was a law clerk, later a teacher, from Lincolnshire, England; his mother, Agnes Reid Allan, was from Glasgow, Scotland. Little is known of Marris’s early life in Australia...
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1889–1970Physicist, university professor, educational and scientific administrator
Ernest Marsden was born in Rishton, Lancashire, England, on 19 February 1889, the son of Phoebe Holden and her husband, Thomas Marsden, a cotton weaver. From his earliest schooldays Ernest showed unusual ability and won scholarships to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, and then to...
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1765–1838Chaplain, magistrate, agriculturalist, missionary
According to reliable sources Samuel Marsden was born on 25 June 1765, at Farsley, Yorkshire, England, the eldest of the seven children of Bathsheba Brown and her husband, Thomas Marsden. He was baptised at Calverley, near Leeds, on 21 July 1765. At the age of 14 or 15 he went to work in his...
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1895–1982Artist, playwright, actor, novelist, director
Edith Ngaio Marsh was born on 23 April 1895 in Merivale, Christchurch, to Rose Elizabeth Seager and her husband, Henry Edmund Marsh, a clerk in the Bank of New Zealand in Christchurch. His daughter said of him, 'I can imagine nobody less naturally suited to his employment.'
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1851–1915Ngati Pou; river captain, river engineer
Allan Marshall was born at Mercer on the Waikato River, New Zealand, probably on 9 November 1851, the son of Charles Marshall, a trader, and his third wife, Tiramate, of Ngati Pou. After developing an early interest in river vessels, he obtained his certificate of competency for river trade in...
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1912–1988Lawyer, soldier, politician, prime minister
John Ross Marshall was born in Wellington on 5 March 1912, the son of Allan Marshall, a clerk, and his wife, Florence May Ross. His father was from Perthshire, and his mother’s family had also originally come from Scotland. From the age of seven John lived with his family at Whangarei, where...
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1869–1950Teacher, geologist, university professor
Patrick Marshall was born on 22 December 1869 in Sapiston, Suffolk, England. He was the son of Emily Louisa Merielina Rogers and her husband, John Hannath Marshall, vicar of Sapiston. In 1876 the family emigrated to New Zealand and settled at Kaiteriteri, Nelson. John Marshall died in 1879 and...
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William Marshall, the first schoolmaster in Hawke's Bay, was born probably in 1816 or 1817 and had migrated from England to Wellington, New Zealand, by 1850. The names of his parents and his place of birth are not known. Early in 1850 Marshall opened Wellington Grammar School in Hawkestone...
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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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