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1809/1810?–1852Policeman, police magistrate, militia officer, roading supervisor
Arthur Edward McDonogh (or MacDonogh) was born probably in 1809 or 1810 in Ireland; his parents' names are unknown. As a young man McDonogh served as an officer in the 5th Fusiliers. By the middle of 1840 he had emigrated to New Zealand, and was living at Kororareka (Russell). Lieutenant...
Story: McDonogh, Arthur Edward
1858–1943Labourer, town milk supplier, politician
David (Davie) McDougall was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 14 July 1858, the son of David Dougall, a carter, and his wife, Agnes Wardrop. By the age of 12 he was employed in a local iron works; at 17 he was a farm labourer. Later he became a carter for a potato merchant. On 27 June 1882 at...
Story: McDougall, David
1900–1975Dairy scientist and administrator
Frederick Henry McDowall, one of a small group of pioneering scientists in the dairy-processing industry of New Zealand, was born at Waianiwa, near Invercargill, Southland, on 1 September 1900. His parents, Montgomery McDowall and his wife, Mary Ann Eggleton, farmed a property at Taramoa. At...
Story: McDowall, Frederick Henry
1883–1986Cook, fruit-stall holder
Sarah Isabella (Bell) Hansen was born in Kawarau Gorge, near Cromwell, Central Otago, on 28 November 1883. She was the sixth of seven children of Henrick (Henry) Peter Hansen, a Dane, and his wife, Mary Ann Bennett, who was born in England. Bell's family were poor; her father was a miner, but...
Story: McElligott, Sarah Isabella
The man who was to become Dunedin's first public librarian was born at Edinburgh, Scotland, on 17 December 1870. William Barker McEwan was the son of journeyman stonemason William McEwan and his wife, Mary Barker. Educated at a George Heriot school, William left at the age of 14 to become...
Story: McEwan, William Barker
1876–1960Surgeon, army health administrator, medical administrator
Donald Johnstone McGavin was born on 19 August 1876 at Chatham, Kent, England, the son of John McGavin, a draper, and his wife, Jessie Burns. Donald was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and at Mason University College in Birmingham, and then at the London Hospital. He qualified LRCP...
Story: McGavin, Donald Johnstone
1868–1953Engineer, gold-dredging entrepreneur
Alexander Crow McGeorge was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 4 August 1868, during the Otago goldrush; he was to become a major figure in the gold-dredging boom some 30 years later. One of four children of James McGeorge, a carter, and his wife, Isabella Crow, Alec left school at 14. His first...
Story: McGeorge, Alexander Crow
1802–1864Lawyer, politician, public servant, educationalist
John McGlashan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 7 November 1802, the son of John McGlashan, a furniture dealer, and his wife, Mary Fraser. John attended Edinburgh High School and the University of Edinburgh, qualifying as a solicitor on 10 September 1824.
On 16 January 1827 McGlashan...
Story: McGlashan, John
1828–1901Master mariner, ship owner, company director
Alexander McGregor was born at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, on 20 August 1828. He was of Scottish descent, the son of Alexander McGregor, a farmer, and his wife, Mary McKinnon. As a young man he worked in the coastal trade around Nova Scotia and New England. On 26 May 1857 he married...
Story: McGregor, Alexander
1896–1936Military aviator, farmer, airline operator
Malcolm Charles (Mac) McGregor, who was to achieve fame as a First World War air ace and later helped to establish civil aviation in New Zealand, was born on 4 March 1896 at Mangamako, near Hunterville. He was the youngest of three children of sheepfarmer Ewen McGregor and his wife, Matilda...
Story: McGregor, Malcolm Charles
1894–1977Zoologist, university lecturer
William Roy McGregor was born in Thames on 8 July 1894, the son of Peter McGregor, a draper, and his wife, Susan Melville Rea. He attended Auckland Grammar School in 1909, then – it is understood – briefly took up schoolteaching. In 1918 he became a demonstrator in biology at Auckland...
Story: McGregor, William Roy
Emmet Charles McHardy was born at Pihama, Taranaki, on 27 June 1904, the third of four children of John McHardy, a Scottish-born farmer, and his wife, Mary Frances O’Reilly, the daughter of Irish hotel-keepers. It was an affectionate, lively family. There was also a wide extended family and...
Story: McHardy, Emmet Charles
1861–1943Midwife, volunteer nurse, health patrol, social hygiene lecturer
Fanny Balmer, the daughter of Margaret McIntosh and her husband, William Balmer, a corporal in the 65th Regiment, was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 21 August 1861. Her father died in 1869. After her mother remarried in 1871 Fanny and her family moved to Marton, and then around 1879 to the...
Story: McHugh, Fanny
1867–1956Teacher, telegraphist, local politician, policeman, police commissioner
William Bernard McIlveney was born in Greymouth on 8 March 1867, the son of Irish parents Ellen Biggim and her husband, Bernard McIlveney, a flax dresser and goldminer at Kumara. Educated privately, William began teaching at Greymouth in 1881. He became a telegraphist in 1885, leaving three...
Story: McIlveney, William Bernard
John McIndoe was born at Rothesay, on the isle of Bute, Scotland, on 29 November 1858. He was the son of Elizabeth Gillies and her husband, James McIndoe, a grain merchant. Both the McIndoe and Gillies families had connections with New Zealand. James McIndoe had been a member of the Otago...
Story: McIndoe, John
1906–1978Librarian, senior public servant, diplomat
Alister Donald Miles McIntosh was born at Picton on 29 November 1906, the eldest of four children of Henry Hobson McIntosh, a telegraphist, and his wife, Caroline Margaret Cowles Miles. From 1920 to 1924 he was educated at Marlborough College, Blenheim, where he took the first section of a BA...
Ronald Alexander McIntosh was born in Auckland on 21 January 1904, the only child of William John Alexander McIntosh, a presser, and his wife, Lucy Jane Robinson. He left the Marist brothers school in Ponsonby at 14 and found work as an office boy. After studying accountancy at night school,...
Story: McIntosh, Ronald Alexander
1888–1982Farmer, freezing company chairman
Hugh Pearson McIntyre was born on 12 October 1888 at Waikaka Valley, near Gore, Southland. He was one of nine children of John Pearson McIntyre and his wife, Beatrice Nichol, whose farm, Hopetoun, was at Maitland, near Gore. His grandfather had brought the first sheep to Merino Downs in the...
Story: McIntyre, Hugh Pearson
Peter McIntyre was born in Dunedin on 4 July 1910, the son of Peter McIntyre, a lithographic artist, and his wife, Isabella Edith Cubitt. His Scottish father had been one of the founders of the Caxton Printing Company, Dunedin, where he became a pioneer of lithographic techniques in New...
Story: McIntyre, Peter
1879–1933Artist, art critic
Raymond Francis McIntyre was born at Christchurch, New Zealand, on 5 February 1879. He was the son of Canadian-born George McIntyre, a surveyor, and his wife, Julia Sophia Margaret Smith, a magistrate's daughter from Tasmania. The musical and artistic McIntyre family lived in central...
Story: McIntyre, Raymond Francis