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1802–1873Cooper, community leader, farmer, politician, writer
Joseph Masters was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England, in 1802. His father, a leather breeches manufacturer, died when Joseph was a child, and his mother was forced to take up employment as a nurse. From an early age Joseph worked in a silk mill, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. He frequently...
Story: Masters, Joseph
1840–1842?–1909Ngati Tama, Te Ati Awa and Ngati Toa woman of mana, landowner
Huria Matenga was born at Whakapuaka (near Nelson) probably some time between 1840 and 1842. She was named Ngarongoa Katene at birth, but was also known as Nga Hota and, in later life, as Huria Matenga. Of Te Ati Awa, Ngati Tama and Ngati Toa descent, she was able to trace her genealogy back...
Story: Matenga, Huria
?–1890Rongowhakaata leader, farmer
Anaru Matete was born in the Poverty Bay area; the date of his birth is not known. His mother was Hinetautope, of Rongowhakaata and of Te Whanau-a-Kai and Te Whanau-a-Taupara hapu of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki; his father was Te Harawira Tekoteko of Nga Ariki and Ngati Wahia hapu of Te Aitanga-a-...
Story: Matete, Anaru
Sarah Louise Mathew was baptised on 19 November 1805, at London, England. She was the daughter of Ann Constant Strange and her husband, Richard Mathew. She had two sisters and two brothers, one of whom, George Felton Mathew, was a friend of the poet John Keats. Well educated, intelligent and...
Story: Mathew, Sarah Louise
1818–1883Cheese and butter maker, community leader
According to family information Catherine Johnstone was born at Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, on 11 December 1818, the eldest of six children born to Thomas Johnstone and his wife, Jean Bryden. She married John Mathieson of Mid Calder, West Lothian, on 3 June 1851 at Lochmaben; their...
Story: Mathieson, Catherine
1917–1997Journalist, writer, horticulturist
James William Matthews was born at Ahaura on the West Coast on 26 September 1895, the son of James Lindsay Matthews, a butcher, and his wife, Elizabeth Agatha Pothan. He was educated at Wairoa School, Hawke’s Bay. As a youth two of his main interests were gardening and reading and his ambition...
Story: Matthews, Barbara Winifred
Henry John Matthews was born on 19 September 1859 at Dunedin, New Zealand, the fourth surviving son and youngest child of George Matthews, a nurseryman, and his wife, Elizabeth Pressly. His parents emigrated from Scotland to Ireland and thence to New Zealand. Henry spent his earliest years in...
Story: Matthews, Henry John
1896–1987Civil engineer, roading contractor, businessman, horticulturist, philanthropist
Born in New Plymouth on 19 July 1896, Russell Matthews was the 10th and youngest child of Grace Marshall and her husband, Robert James Matthews, a banker. He was raised in an environment in which business and entrepreneurial skills were admired and encouraged. Educated at New Plymouth Boys'...
Story: Matthews, Russell
?–1894Ngati Kahungunu leader, reformer, politician
The time and place of Henare Matua's birth are uncertain. It may have been at Nukutaurua, on the Mahia peninsula, in the 1830s. Airini Donnelly, his stepdaughter, said that he returned from Nukutaurua to Hawke's Bay 'when he was old enough to wash without his mother's help'. The return to the...
Story: Matua, Henare
1862–1935Hospital matron, district nurse, social worker
Sibylla Emily Maude, known throughout New Zealand as Nurse Maude, was born at Hagley Lodge, Christchurch, New Zealand, on 11 August 1862. Her parents, Thomas William Maude and his wife, Emily Catherine Brown, were of English origin.
The eldest of eight children, Sibylla grew up in a...
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Henry Widenham Maunsell was born on 22 February 1845 in Dublin, Ireland, the son of Charles Maunsell, a solicitor, and his wife, Maria. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he gained a silver medal for experimental and natural science, and graduated AB and MB in 1867. The same...
Story: Maunsell, Henry Widenham
1810–1894Missionary, linguist, translator
According to family information Robert Maunsell was born at Milford, near Limerick, Ireland, on 24 October 1810. He was the seventh child of George Maunsell, a collector of customs and later a banker, and his second wife, Frances Magrath Fitzgerald. Robert Maunsell received his early education...
Story: Maunsell, Robert
1880–1961Rangitane; land agent, interpreter, politician
William Arthur Moffatt (Mawhete) was born at Tiakitahuna (Jackeytown), south of Palmerston North, on 4 March 1880, the son of Emiri Mokena (Emily Morgan) and her husband, William Moffatt. His mother, also known as Arani or Arini, was the grand-daughter of Wiremu Kingi Te Aweawe. His main...
Story: Mawhete, Rangiputangatahi
Alice Heron Maxwell's dedication to the preservation of the historic Te Papa mission station, at a time when few Pakeha New Zealanders realised the value of such sites, was both far-sighted and courageous. She was born on 9 October 1860 in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of the...
Story: Maxwell, Alice Heron
1850–1926Temperance worker, suffragist, dress reformer
Isabella Malcolm was born in Hoxton, London, England, on 22 June 1850, one of five children of Scots parents Jemima Crawford Souter and her husband, Andrew Wilson Malcolm, a brewer's clerk. The family moved to Dublin around 1858. The children shared an Irish nurse and were members of the...
Story: May, Isabella
1897–1982Teacher, school principal, writer
Muriel Wallace May was born in Dunedin on 13 April 1897 to Catherine Jane Ogilvie and her husband, Harry May, a confectioner. In June 1901 Harry accidentally drowned, leaving Catherine, with help from a supportive extended family, to bring up four-year-old Muriel and her two younger brothers....
Story: May, Muriel Wallace
1892/1893?–1969Rongowhakaata; shearer, trade unionist, community leader
Petera Te Hiwirori (Hiwi) Maynard was born, probably in 1892 or 1893, at Manutuke, in the Gisborne area, the son of Wiremu Hatea Maynard and his wife, Pehi Te Wiwini, both of Rongowhakaata. His father was a general labourer. Hiwi was educated at the local primary school and Waerenga-a-hika...
Story: Maynard, Petera Te Hiwirori
1905–1993Nurse, hospital matron, local politician
Tui Alfreda Mayo was born on 13 January 1905 at Aorangi, Manawatu, the youngest of four daughters of Annie Honeyford and her husband, Alfred Richard Mayo, an orchardist and nurseryman. She was educated at Taonui School and Feilding Technical School, then Feilding Agricultural High School,...
Story: Mayo, Tui Alfreda
1890–1963Lawyer, morals inquiry chairman, writer
Oswald Chettle Mazengarb was born in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia, on 31 May 1890, the son of Alfred Valentine Mazengarb and his wife, Elizabeth Mary Murphy. At the time of Ossie’s birth his father was a phrenologist, but he later became a pastor, first in the Associated Churches of Christ...
Story: Mazengarb, Oswald Chettle
1892–1981Welfare worker, community leader
Laurel Grace Barker Storey was born on 20 October 1892 at Temuka to William Storey, a tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth Wright. She was the eldest of three children: one brother was killed in the First World War and the other, Percy, later became an All Black. Laurel attended Rangitata Station...