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1919–1986Surveyor, Antarctic explorer, conservationist
Joseph Holmes Miller, the son of Irish parents Annie Mary Campbell and her husband, Samuel Hunter Miller, a farmer, was born at Waimate on 12 February 1919. He was educated at Willowbridge School and then Waimate High School, where he was dux. In 1936 Holmes (as he was known) moved to...
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1847–1936Businessman, ship owner, politician
James Mills was born at Wellington, New Zealand, on 30 July 1847, the third son of Catherine Miller and her husband, William Mills, a carpenter. Two years later William became landing waiter at Port Chalmers and in 1853 he was appointed collector of customs at Dunedin. James Mills, or 'Little...
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Marjory Hinemoa Mills was born in Wellington on 11 November 1896, the fourth of five children of British parents Thomas Lewis Mills, a noted journalist, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Huggins. Marjory went to primary school in Wellington but by 1910 had moved with her family to Feilding, where...
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1856–1942Labour reformer, political organiser
Walter Thomas Mills was born in Duane, New York, USA, on 11 May 1856, the son of Charles Mills, a farmer, and his wife, Mahetabel Ladd, both Quakers. Nothing is known of Mills's early life. In 1868 he moved with his parents to Iowa and worked at a variety of jobs while saving the money to put...
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Francis Middleton Milne, known as Frank, was born on 11 December 1891 at Taieri Beach, Otago, to Scottish parents Rebecca McDonald and her husband, James Milne, a farmer. His rural upbringing taught him a variety of practical skills, but he did not settle to any occupation until, late in 1913...
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Mary Jane Milne was born at Coalisland, County Tyrone, Ireland, on 16 September 1840, to Margery Fay, née Dawson, and her husband, James Stewart Milne, a builder. Mary Jane was the eldest of their six children, one of whom died in early childhood.
The family left Ireland in July 1863...
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1875–1944School principal, educationalist
Frank Milner was born in Nile Street, Nelson, New Zealand, on 7 November 1875, the son of William Milner, a draper, and his wife, Annie Dodson Swanson. He attended the Bridge Street Boys' School in Nelson and gained top marks in Nelson and Marlborough in the scholarship examination, which...
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Alice Ethel Minchin was born at Waihou, Hokianga, on 5 November 1889, the second of three children of Charles Minchin, a settler at Rangiahua, and his wife, Edith Fennell. She went to Rawhia School, but when her father died in 1900 the farm was sold and her mother took the children to...
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1902–1992Architectural draughtsman, cartoonist
Gordon Edward George Minhinnick was born at Torpoint, Cornwall, England, on 13 June 1902, the son of Annie Sealy and her husband, Percy Charles Minhinnick. Gordon's father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been naval officers and it was assumed he would follow them; he was educated at...
1909–1966Journalist, film critic, editor, educational media producer, film censor
Gordon Holden Mirams was born in Christchurch on 9 March 1909, the son of Leslie Haywood Mirams, a travelling salesman, and his wife, Mary Elvire Webb. A regular film-goer from the age of 10, he received his secondary schooling at Christ’s College.
In 1927 he started work on the...
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Samuel Haywood Mirams was born on 28 August 1837 in Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, the son of Elizabeth Cole and her husband, James Mirams, a clergyman. He was educated at private schools at Blackheath and Twickenham before taking up employment at an architect's office in...
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Alfred James Mitchell was born in Plymouth, England, on 19 January 1853, the son of Alfred Adolphus Mitchell, a Royal Navy post captain, and his wife, Nelly Stanley. He served as a police constable in England before emigrating to Australia, where he joined the New South Wales police force for...
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1877–1944Ngati Pikiao leader, farmer, surveyor, land development supervisor, community leader
Henry Taipōrutu Te Mapu-o-te-rangi Mitchell was born at Ōhinemutu on 5 May 1877, the elder of two children of Te Whakarato Rangipāhere Taiehu of Ngāti Te Takinga, a hapū of Ngāti Pikiao, and Henry Walker Mitchell, a surveyor. Taipōrutu, or Tai as he was generally known, had a younger brother,...
Marion Mitchell was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 19 October 1876, the daughter of Fanny Maria Wheatland Waters and her husband, Walter Mitchell, a bootmaker and amateur musician. At the age of 14, in September 1891, Marion auditioned in Wellington for a place in a juvenile opera company...
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1841–1894Naval seaman, Victoria Cross winner, goldminer, farmer
Samuel Mitchell was born on 8 September 1841, at Aspley, near Woburn, Bedfordshire, England, the son of William Mitchell, a labourer and later a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Eleanor Field. Mitchell entered the Royal Navy as a naval apprentice in August 1857. He served in the ships...
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1925–1980Artist, gallery owner
Victor Leonard William Mitchell, always known as Leonard, was born in Palmerston North on 8 March 1925. He was the eldest son of Victoria Adelaide Cogswell and her husband, Leonard Cornwall Mitchell, an artist and internationally recognised stamp designer: he created 90 stamp designs,...
1846–1934Timber merchant, politician
Edwin Mitchelson was the son of Alexander Mitchelson and his wife, Johanna Fitzpatrick, who arrived at Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand, from Sydney, Australia, on the Hannah Watson in April 1840. They settled at Maungaturoto, but when Alexander Mitchelson failed to find employment they moved to...
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?–1838Ngāpuhi leader, agriculturalist, trader
Moetara was a leader of Ngāti Korokoro at Hokianga during the period of European contact in the 1820s and 1830s. He also had connections with Te Rarawa, Te Roroa and Ngāti Whātua. He is thought to have been born in the late eighteenth century and was descended from Ngāpuhi ancestor Rāhiri and...
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1839–1913Sailor, goldminer, storekeeper, wharfinger, writer
Harry Louis Moffatt was born in London, England, probably in 1839. His father was John Anderson Moffatt, a Scot, who joined the British Army during the Napoleonic wars and became batman to Lord Aylmer; he married Eliza Ann Bosquet, a French orphan, who was Lady Aylmer's personal maid. Harry...
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1885–1943Ngāti Whakaue; land agent, commission agent, Rātana administrator
Pita Te Tūruki Tāmati Moko was born at Rotorua on 9 May 1885, the son of Tāmati Moko and his wife, Rawinia Te Whau Wharetutu. He was principally of Ngāti Whakaue of Te Arawa, although he was also connected to Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāi Te Rangi. Pita Moko attended Rotorua School and then St...
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