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1914–1980Farmer, aviator, community leader, environmental campaigner
Best known for his pivotal role in the successful Save Manapouri Campaign, Ronald James McLean was born on 22 January 1914 at Wyndham, Southland, the son of farming parents Alexander Henry McLean and his wife, Petra Mathilde Petersen. He was educated at Quarry Hills and Kennington primary...
Story: McLean, Ronald James
1778/1779?–1866Teacher, preacher, fisherman, coloniser
Norman McLeod was born probably in 1778 or 1779. Although no records of his birth and marriage have been found he is said to have been born at Stoer Point, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, the son of Margaret and Daniel McLeod. His father was a fisherman. Norman married Mary McLeod, probably his...
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1903–1968Teacher, university lecturer, historian, artist
Alexander Hare McLintock was born in Gore on 14 April 1903, the son of Robert Alexander Hare McLintock, a Glasgow-born engineer, and his wife, Christina Jane Cameron McDonald. Throughout his life he remained proud of his Scottish heritage. Educated at Caversham School and Otago Boys' High...
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1908–1972University professor, agricultural scientist and administrator
Campbell Percy McMeekan was born on 29 July 1908 at Otaki, the only son of four children of Alexander Nelson McMeekan, a baker and shopkeeper, and his wife, Ellen (Helen) Kime. His paternal family were Irish, and on his maternal side he was of English Methodist origins. Alexander McMeekan’s...
Story: McMeekan, Campbell Percy
David Gervan McMillan was born in New Plymouth on 26 February 1904, the eldest of three children of Annie Gertrude Pearce and her husband, David McMillan, who had a dairy farm near Stratford. Gervan was dux of Stratford Technical High School in 1921, and stayed on to gain a Taranaki...
Story: McMillan, David Gervan
1904–1987Teacher, community leader, politician
Ethel Emma Black was born at Kaiti, Gisborne, on 12 May 1904, the daughter of Ethel Louise Evans and her husband, Walter Stuart Black, a carpenter who also had a small farm. After attending local primary schools she became a prefect and dux of Gisborne High School. In 1921 Ethel went south to...
Story: McMillan, Ethel Emma
1842–1919Teacher, journalist, newspaper proprietor
Alexander McMinn was born at Dunlady, near Dundonald, County Down, Ireland, on 28 August 1842, the son of Francis McMinn, a doctor, and his wife, Mary Day. Little is known of his early years, but in 1863 he arrived in Auckland to cover the New Zealand wars for a London newspaper. McMinn then...
Story: McMinn, Alexander
1867–1918Scientist, smelting engineer, mining manager and consultant, orchardist
George Cannon McMurtry was born on 14 November 1867 at Camberwell, Surrey, England, the son of Randal McMurtry, an oil refiner, merchant and spectacle maker, and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Cannon. George was the only surviving child of the marriage; his father died when he was five years...
Story: McMurtry, George Cannon
1921–1995Women’s military administrator, political organiser, community leader
Dorothy Pauline Lamason was born in Napier on 8 December 1921, the daughter of Violet Lloyd Curtis and her husband, William John Lamason, a draughtsman. Her parents had strong principles and the family attended the local Brethren assembly. Like all Napier households the Lamasons were deeply...
Story: McNab, Dorothy Pauline
1864–1917Lawyer, farmer, politician, historian
Robert McNab was born at Dunragget farm, near Invercargill, New Zealand, on 1 October 1864. He was the eldest child of Janet McQueen and her husband, Alexander McNab, a runholder who served as a member of the Otago and Southland provincial councils. By early 1871 Robert was left as the only...
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fl. 1870–1874Farm worker, labour reformer
James McPherson is thought to have emigrated to New Zealand about 1865, probably from Britain. Of his background and family nothing is known. One of the few items of personal information is recorded in a letter he wrote to the Lyttelton Times in March 1872: 'I was born in a coal country and...
Story: McPherson, James
1900–1980Horticulturist, horticultural administrator and writer
One of New Zealand’s most eminent horticulturists, James Anderson McPherson devoted his life to the development of public gardens throughout the country. He was born at Dunedin on 3 June 1900, the son of John McPherson, a carpenter, and his Scottish-born wife, Elizabeth Bain Munro. James was...
Story: McPherson, James Anderson
Charles McQueen was born on 17 April 1836, in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the son of Peter McQueen, a fender-maker, and his wife, Elizabeth Scott. Little is known of McQueen's early life, other than that he served an apprenticeship with a boiler-making firm before emigrating to Victoria...
Story: McQueen, Charles
1898–1976Teacher, university lecturer, vocational research officer, commissioner of apprenticeship
Henry Charles McQueen was born in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, on 6 July 1898, the son of Agnes Hadrill, from Denmark, and her husband, Alexander McQueen, a New Zealand-born engineer. When he was about one year old the family migrated to Dunedin, where his father became a partner in an engineering...
Story: McQueen, Henry Charles
1860–1945Presbyterian deaconess, orphanage matron, social worker
Mary McQueen was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, on 13 July 1860, the daughter of John McQueen, a farmer, and his wife, Catherine McIntosh. Little is known about her early life. She trained at the Presbyterian Deaconess Training Institute in Melbourne in 1900 and 1901 and was made a...
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1847/1848?–1923Grocer, goldminer, brick and pipe manufacturer
Peter McSkimming was born, probably in 1847 or 1848, in Auchenheath, Lanarkshire, Scotland; he was the son of Mary McNish and her husband, Peter McSkimming, a brick- and tile-maker and pipe manufacturer. His early life was spent in various towns in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. He started work at...
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Robert McVeagh, the son of Margaret Read and her husband, Robert McVeagh, and the eldest of a large family, was born at Maungakawa, near Cambridge, on 20 or 22 September 1866. Both parents were Irish Catholics. Robert senior, a tinsmith by trade, had served with the armed constabulary and...
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1862–1954Community worker, local politician
Ann McLachlan was born on 4 November 1862 near Kilmartin, Argyllshire, Scotland, the daughter of Lilly McNair and her husband, Alexander McLachlan, a labourer. After attending a state school in Kilmartin, Annie trained as a nurse in Glasgow. There on 8 February 1888 she married Gordon McDonald...
Story: McVicar, Annie
1889–1980Engineer, skier, tramper, ranger, writer
William (Bill) Perrett Mead is best known for his role in the development of the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River recreational areas. He was born at Scarrotts station, near Dargaville, on 7 December 1889. His father, Arthur David Mead, a farmer, was drowned in the Wairoa River in...
Story: Mead, William Perrett
Matilda Fisher was baptised at Rochester, Kent, England, on 12 June 1825. She was the daughter of James Fisher, a fishmonger, and his wife, Sarah. On 3 May 1846 she married bargeman John James Sancto; they had four daughters and a son. In the summer of 1852 John Sancto was retailing beer, and...
Story: Meech, Matilda