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1878–1963Rangitane and Ngati Kahungunu; farmer, Mormon leader
Stuart (Te Tuati) Meha was born at Wanstead, Hawkes’s Bay, probably on 29 December 1878. His father, Arapata Meha, a prominent member of Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Ruatotara of Rangitane, was a successful sheepfarmer and landowner from Te Tapairu, near Waipawa. His mother, Mere Te Hau, was of...
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John James Meikle was born in Linlithgow, Scotland, probably in 1844 or 1845, the son of John Meikle, a general labourer, and his wife, Jannet Jamieson. Nothing is known of Meikle's early life. In October 1869 he and other members of his family emigrated to Otago, New Zealand, on the Christian...
Story: Meikle, John James
1865–1964Lawyer, farmer, military leader, magistrate, local politician
William Meldrum was born into a comfortably off farming family at Whangarei, New Zealand, on 28 July 1865, the son of Margaret Barr and her husband, Alexander Lewis Meldrum. William was educated at Kamo School, in Scotland, at Auckland College and Grammar School and at Auckland University...
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1861–1922Anglican deaconess and nun
Edith Mary Mellish was born at Pailles in the district of Moka, Mauritius, on 10 March 1861. She was the daughter of Edward Mellish, an English banker and businessman, and his wife, Ellen Borrowes, an Irishwoman who died when Edith was a baby. Edith's youth was divided between Mauritius,...
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1898–1976Lawyer, unionist, coroner, community leader
Jacob (Jack) Meltzer was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 21 October 1898, to Jewish parents Naphtali Meltzer, a travelling draper, and his wife, Deborah Peisachson. He was one of seven boys and two girls, and was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle before his family...
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According to the age given on his death certificate William Meluish was born probably in 1822 or 1823. An advertisement in the Nelson Examiner in February 1859, soon after he arrived in New Zealand, announced that he had a photographic studio in Bridge Steet, Nelson, and was 'late of Crystal...
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1882–1946Lawyer, local politician, feminist, women's activist
Eliza Ellen (known as Ellen) Melville was born on 13 May 1882 at Tokatoka, Northern Wairoa, New Zealand, the third of seven children of Alexander Melville, a boatbuilder and farmer, and his wife, Eliza Annand Fogerty, formerly a schoolteacher and governess. Until she was seven, Ellen was...
Story: Melville, Eliza Ellen
1821–1888Runholder, politician, provincial superintendent
James Alexander Robertson Menzies was born on 21 February 1821 at Mount Alexander (Dunalister), Perthshire, Scotland, son of a local doctor, William Menzies, and his wife, Elizabeth Robertson. Menzies followed his father's profession and, after obtaining a diploma at the Royal College of...
1886–1944Mechanic, aviator, commercial aviation entrepreneur
James Cuthbert Mercer was born in Caversham, Dunedin, on 16 September 1886, the son of Robert Mercer, a gardener, and his wife, Sarah Jane Speed. Educated in Dunedin, Bert (as he was known) undertook an apprenticeship at Vickery's bicycle shop in Invercargill. Later, as cars became popular, he...
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1821?–1885Bootmaker, teacher, musician, farmer
Charles Murton, the elder son of James Murton, a labourer, and his wife, Susan Denny, was born in Haughley, Suffolk, England, and baptised there on 4 November 1821. His father's family had lived in the district for many generations. Little is known of Charles's early life. He was apprenticed...
Story: Merton, Charles
1908–1965Journalist, cookery writer, crime novelist
Elizabeth Messenger was born Betty Margery Esson on 25 July 1908 at Thames, the second of three children of Amy Isobel Dodd and her husband, Melvin Brown Esson, a senior telegraphist with the Post and Telegraph Department. The family moved around New Zealand as Melvin Esson was promoted,...
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?–1872–1880?Tuhoe composer of waiata
Mihi-ki-te-kapua was the greatest composer of the Tuhoe and Mataatua peoples. At some time in the last years of the eighteenth century she was born at Ruatahuna. Her hapu were Ngati Te Riu and Ngati Ruapani. While living in the Ruatahuna area she married and had children. In 1823 she was...
1892–1943Military leader, prisoner of war
Reginald Miles was born on 10 December 1892 at Springston, near Christchurch, the son of local farmers William Miles and his wife, Mary Margaret Restell. He was educated at Rangiora High School and in 1910 was commissioned a subaltern in the school cadets. The following year he was selected to...
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Ann Cleland was born on 15 March 1855 at Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland, the 14th child of Mary Masterton and her husband, Andrew Cleland, a moulder. Seven children in the family had died by the time Ann was born. Nothing is known of her life until she came to New Zealand in her early 20s...
Story: Millar, Annie Cleland
1885–1944Public servant, union official
Frank Winfird Millar was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 20 September 1885, the son of Mary Elizabeth Geddes and her husband, Walter Oliphant Millar, a Scottish-born accountant. Shortly after his 16th birthday Millar passed the junior civil service examination and was offered a cadetship in...
Story: Millar, Frank Winfird
1855–1915Seaman, trade union leader, politician
John Andrew Millar was born on 8 July 1855 in India, and baptised at Jullundur, Punjab, on 6 August 1855. He was the eldest son of Eliza Sarah Hawthorne and her husband, John Craufurd Millar, a lieutenant and later major general in the British Army. His father fought in the relief of Lucknow...
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1913–1974Librarian, theatre director, critic and administrator
Nola Leigh Millar was born in Wellington on 18 February 1913, the daughter of Agnes Eleanor Marshall and her husband, Frank Winfird Millar, a civil servant who became general secretary of the New Zealand Public Service Association and editor of its journal. Agnes Millar died in 1919 leaving...
Story: Millar, Nola Leigh
1890–1973Entomologist, university lecturer, scientific administrator
David Miller, one of New Zealand’s leading scientists, shares with R. J. Tillyard the distinction of founding professional entomology in New Zealand. Their work was based on the contributions of several great amateurs. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 21 February 1890 to Mary Martin and...
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1904–1996Journalist, goldminer, historian, poet, community worker
New Zealand’s longest-serving journalist, Frederick Walter Gascoyne Miller was born at Hastings on 19 September 1904, the son of Caroline Manners Gascoyne and her husband, Walter McNair Miller, a clerk in the Department of Agriculture. He attended Remuera School and Hutt District High School,...
1898–1989Lecturer, librarian, writer
Harold Gladstone Miller was born on 15 May 1898 in Masterton to Nellie Stores and her husband, Tobias Miller, a shop assistant. He was educated at Masterton District High School, where he captained both the First XV and First XI. He then entered Victoria University College, Wellington, where...
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