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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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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...
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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-...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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'...
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?–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...
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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...
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