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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
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...
Story: McIntyre, William Victor
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...
Story: McKay, Alexander
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...
Story: McKee, Arthur
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...
Story: McKee, Tasman Joseph
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...
Story: McKenna, John
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...
Story: McKenzie, John
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.
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Story: McKenzie, John Robert Hugh
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...
Story: McKenzie, Margaret