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1887–1964Shepherd, farmer, dog breeder and handler
William Victor McIntyre (better known as Victor or Mac) was born on 24 May 1887 at Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, New Zealand. He was the son of Robert McIntyre, a labourer, and his wife, Eliza Ann Cochrane. McIntyre was educated at Pleasant Point School, where he was dux in 1900. He then...
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1789–1873Nurse, midwife, businesswoman
Douglas Mary Dunsmore was born on 20 July 1789, at Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Mary Paterson and her husband, John Dunsmore, an alehouse keeper. After the death of her father in November 1801 her mother married an army officer, George Donaldson. From this time the family appear to have...
Story: McKain, Douglas Mary
Alexander McKay has been a legendary figure among New Zealand geologists for over 100 years. He was born in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, on 11 April 1841. His family were of Calvinist shepherd stock, although his father, William Sloane McKay, was a wheelwright. His mother was...
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1863–1943Newspaper proprietor, photo-engraver and printer, land agent, businessman, orchardist
Arthur McKee was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on 14 August 1863, the son of Jane Fleck and her husband, Alexander McKee, a journeyman shoemaker. Arthur attended classes at University College, Liverpool, and later became a reporter on the staff of the St Helens Newspaper and...
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1911–1973Industrial and agricultural chemist, geologist, company director
Tasman Joseph McKee was born in Nelson on 7 May 1911, the son of Annie Isabel Macdonald and her husband, Arthur McKee, a journalist, businessman and pioneer orchardist. Known as Tas, he was educated at Tasman and Mapua Schools, Wellington’s St Patrick’s College, Motueka District High School...
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Peter Thomas Bertram McKeefry was born on 3 July 1899 in Greymouth, the fifth of seven children of Mary McAlary and her husband, Michael McKeefry, a police constable. His parents were both born in County Londonderry, Ireland. After living briefly in Christchurch, the family moved to Dunedin,...
John and Thomas McKenna were born to Patrick McKenna and his wife, Margaret Wallace, who farmed in Newpark, Kilmaganny, County Kilkenny, Ireland. John is said to have been born on 20 February 1860 and Thomas on 21 December 1864. The brothers attended St Kieran's College and trained for the...
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1915–1941Disabled artist, entertainer
Gilbert Allen McKenzie, known as Alan, was born at Invercargill on 27 May 1915. The second son of Mary Anna Reed and her husband, David McKenzie, he was born without arms.
The McKenzie family lived in the small mining town of Nightcaps in western Southland; David owned the New Brighton...
Story: McKenzie, Gilbert Allen
Jane (later known as Jean) Robertson McKenzie was born on 19 January 1901 at Edendale, Southland, the fifth of seven children of Amy Evelyn Swale and her husband, Duncan McIntyre McKenzie, a Scottish blacksmith. From 1906 she attended Edendale School, obtaining a proficiency certificate in...
Story: McKenzie, Jane Robertson
1839–1901Farmer, politician, political reformer
Sometime in May 1845 the five-year-old John McKenzie was woken by his father before dawn and marched off on a 16-mile walk to the small Presbyterian church at Croick in eastern Ross-shire, Scotland. On the way the young McKenzie saw something he would never forget: the once proud people of...
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John McKenzie left school at the age of 13 to deliver newspapers. When he died, he was reputed to be one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. He contributed in excess of £1 million to New Zealand charities in his lifetime; a further £160,000 was bequeathed on his death.
John Robert Hugh...
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Margaret McKenna was born in County Tyrone, northern Ireland, sometime between 1836 and 1839, the daughter of Alice McConnell and her husband, Hugh McKenna, a farmer. In October 1866 she reached Hokitika, New Zealand, on the Taranaki. She described herself as a servant when she married Daniel...
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1905–1988Teacher, dietitian, public servant
Monica Beatrice McKenzie was born on 23 October 1905 at Wellington, the daughter of Ida Grace Kenny and her husband, Alexander McKenzie, a schoolmaster. Educated at Karori School and Wellington Girls’ College, she enjoyed science subjects and was a talented pianist. She graduated in 1927 from...
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1897–1996Clerical worker, bank teller, dancer, entertainer, cinema operator, community leader
Beeban Annadale McDonald was born at The Willows Terrace, Princes Street, Dunedin, on 16 January 1897, the fourth of five children of Adelaide Ritchie Wells and her husband, Arthur Thomas McDonald, an Australian-born wool merchant. She was named after the daughter of an Indian tea planter,...
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1891–1956Miner, trade unionist, political activist, politician
Angus McLagan was born in Mid Calder, Midlothian, Scotland, on 30 December 1891, to Angus McLagan, a limestone miner, and his wife, Agnes Campbell. He began work as a pit boy at the age of 14 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1911. One of a number of Scottish migrant coalminers who made their...
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1867–1872?–1939Trade unionist, politician
David McLaren was born at Glasgow, Scotland, probably sometime between 1867 and 1872, the son of Jane Ayton and her husband, Robert McLaren, a baker. As a child David was delicate and nearly lost his eyesight, a faculty that remained impaired for the rest of his life.
The McLaren family...
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Allan McLean was baptised on 24 May 1822, the seventh of nine children of Alexander McLean and his wife, Mary McLean, of Lagmhor on the Inner Hebridean island of Coll, Scotland. The Isle of Coll had been inhabited by the McLean clan since the fifteenth century.
After the death of...
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1820–1877Administrator, runholder, politician, provincial superintendent
Donald McLean was a Scottish Highlander, born on 25 October 1820, the third son of Margaret McColl and her husband, John McLean, at Kilmaluag on Tiree, one of the Inner Hebrides. John McLean was a tacksman, holding a large lease from the Duke of Argyll, probably with sub-tenants of his own. The...
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Mary Jane McLean was born on 4 April 1866 at Timaru, New Zealand, the eldest child of Ann le Ber and her husband, Duncan McLean, a physician and surgeon. After attending Timaru Main School and Timaru High School Mary undertook several years of extramural university studies while teaching part...
Story: McLean, Mary Jane
1857–1939Public works contractor, sportsman
Neil McLean was born on 4 August 1857 on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the third child of Mary McLean and her husband, John McLean, a shipwright. The McLeans belonged to Norman McLeod's religious community, and in the 1850s joined their exodus to New Zealand in search of better economic...
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