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John Kenneth McAlpine was born in Christchurch on 26 July 1906. He was the eldest son of Walter Kenneth McAlpine, a sheepfarmer, and his wife, Gwendolen Marion Wall. Educated at Christ’s College, he went straight from school to work as a shepherd on his father’s high country station at...
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1898–1974Draughtsman, lottery organiser, soccer player
Neil McArthur was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 19 March 1898, the son of George McArthur, a blacksmith, and his wife, Margaret McTavish, a dressmaker. He emigrated to New Zealand with his family around 1907 and settled in Wellington, where his father helped build some of the city's earliest...
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1919–1987Artist, art gallery worker, university lecturer
Colin John McCahon was born in Timaru on 1 August 1919, the second of three children of Ethel Beatrice Ferrier and her husband, John Kernohan McCahon, a commercial traveller, and later a company manager. Ethel McCahon travelled from the family’s home in Dunedin to be with her mother for Colin’...
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1866–1933Teacher, temperance worker, political activist
Mary Ann Recknall McCarthy was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 11 August 1866, the fifth of eight children of Elizabeth Ann Pyke and her husband, Samuel McCarthy, a locksmith. Mary (or Polly, as the family knew her) became a pupil-teacher at the Normal School in Dunedin about 1884, entered...
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1908–1984Broadcaster, journalist, writer
Winston John McCarthy, the ‘Voice of New Zealand Rugby’, was born at Wellington on 10 March 1908, the son of Hugh Donald McCarthy, a salesman, and his wife, Alice Maud Collins, who died when he was six years old. Winston was educated at the Marist brothers’ schools at Newtown and Thorndon,...
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1900–1985Agricultural instructor, lecturer, conservationist, writer
Lancelot William McCaskill (registered at birth as Lancecot) was born at Winchester, South Canterbury, on 8 May 1900, the son of Janet Bisset and her husband, Daniel McCaskill, a wool scourer. His father died when he was five. After attending Winchester School and Timaru Boys’ High School, he...
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1849–1930Farm manager, farmer, land valuer
John McCaw was born on 4 October 1849 at Morriston, Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of Alexander McCaw, a farmer, and his wife, Hughina McLachlan. McCaw was educated at the Kirkoswald parish school and at the Ayr Academy. He attended the Andersonian Institution in Glasgow in 1866 then assisted his...
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1849–1926Gold prospector and miner, mine manager
John McCombie was born in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, on 15 June 1849. His father, Alexander McCombie of Aberdeen, was a regular soldier who married an Irishwoman, Ellen Schoolan, while on service in New Zealand. In 1867 John began his working life as a prospector and miner on the newly...
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1873–1935Socialist, social worker, politician
Elizabeth (Bessie) Reid Henderson was born at Kaiapoi on 19 November 1873. She was the eighth of nine children of Alice Connolly and her husband, Daniel Henderson, a storeman. A few years after her birth the family moved to Ashburton; by 1883 they were living in Christchurch. Elizabeth...
Story: McCombs, Elizabeth Reid
1873–1933Draper's assistant, socialist, land speculator, politician
James McCombs was born on 9 December 1873 at Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland, the elder child of Kate Rourke and her husband, George McCombs, a farmer. The family emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand, on the Waimea in 1876. By 1886 they were living in Christchurch where James attended Sydenham...
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1895–1980Billiards and snooker player
Clark McConachy was born at Glenorchy, Otago, on 15 April 1895. He was the son of Peter Hill McConachy, an Australian-born storekeeper and later a billiard saloon proprietor, and his wife, Frances Lydia Stead, who was born in England. The family moved briefly to Gore but by 1905 were living in...
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Thomas Arthur McCormack was born on 27 April 1883 at Napier, the son of Irish parents Elizabeth Kirwin and her husband, Thomas McCormack, a labourer. At the Marist brothers' school in Napier he was interested only in athletics and drawing. He became captain of the school's rugby and cricket...
Story: McCormack, Thomas Arthur
1906–1995Teacher, critic, historian, university lecturer, biographer
Eric Hall McCormick was born in Taihape on 17 June 1906, the second child and only son of William James Hall McCormick, a boot merchant, and his wife, Ellen Powrie, who had been a dressmaker before her marriage. His Irish-born father had moved to Taihape from Christchurch in the vanguard of a...
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1860–1947Tinsmith, trade unionist, political activist
John Alexander McCullough was born at Belfast, Ireland, on 17 January 1860, the eldest of five children. He was the son of Sarah Davison and her husband, William John McCullough, a seaman, staunch unionist and Orangeman; both his parents were devout Presbyterians. The McCulloughs emigrated in...
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1829–1906Companion help, accommodation-house keeper, nurse, postmistress
Agnes Carmont was born at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, probably on 2 September 1829, the daughter of Elizabeth Caven and her husband, John Carmont. She was raised largely in the household of her uncle, a Glasgow doctor, and by assisting him in his dispensary acquired a...
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Hedwick Wilhelmina McDonald's greatest achievement as a racehorse trainer does not appear in record books; nor does her real name. She trained the winner of the 1938 Melbourne Cup, but because women were not permitted to be professional trainers in Australia at the time, her husband...
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1824–1890Missionary, priest, vicar general
The brothers James and Walter McDonald were born in the townland of Nicholastown, Mooncoin parish, County Kilkenny, Ireland, James on 10 August 1824, Walter on 14 December 1830. Their parents were Richard McDonald, farmer, and his wife, Ellen Keefe. The two brothers trained for the priesthood...
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1865–1935Artist, photographer, film-maker, museum worker, film censor, promoter of Maori arts and crafts
James Ingram McDonald was born on 11 June 1865 at Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand, the son of Donald McDonald, a ploughman, and his wife, Margaret Ingram. After primary school James attended Otago Boys' High School between 1884 and 1885. He showed early promise as a painter and as a young man...
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1907–1987Viticulturist, wine-maker, orchardist, community leader
Tom McDonald was an outstanding figure in the New Zealand wine industry for several decades. The first post-war wine-maker to explore Hawke’s Bay’s potential for high-quality table wines made from classic grape varieties, he was also the driving force behind New Zealand’s first prestige red....
Story: McDonald, Thomas Bayne
1831–1833?–1899Public servant, military leader, writer
Thomas McDonnell, eldest son of Thomas McDonnell and his wife, Anna Patterson, was born probably some time between 1831 and 1833, possibly at Manila in the Philippines while his parents were on a trading voyage. His father, from County Antrim in Ireland, was an officer in the British navy. He...
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