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?–1866Te Whakatohea leader
'Tangohia mai te taura i taku kaki kia waiata au i taku waiata.' (Take the rope from my throat that I may sing my song.) These words were spoken by Mokomoko, a chief of Te Whakatohea of the eastern Bay of Plenty, as he was about to be hanged at Mount Eden gaol on 17 May 1866. The charge against...
1893–1979Ornithologist, conservationist, writer
Pérrine Millais was born in London, England, on 8 February 1893, the daughter of Mary St Lawrence Hope-Vere and her husband, Everett Millais, a medical student at the time who died in 1897. Her paternal grandparents were the British painter Sir John Millais and his wife, Euphemia Gray, who had...
Story: Moncrieff, Pérrine
David Monro was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 27 March 1813, the seventh of twelve children of Maria Carmichael-Smyth, and her husband, Alexander Monro, the third-generation holder of the chair of anatomy at the University of Edinburgh. A foundation pupil at Edinburgh Academy, Monro went on...
Story: Monro, David
Henry Monson was born at Cawood, Yorkshire, England, on 25 August 1793, the son of Ann Monson and her husband, Bernard Monson, a labourer. He married Ann Kidall of Swaffham, Norfolk, at St Pancras Old Church, London, on 3 November 1825 and set up as a builder in George Street, London; there...
Story: Monson, Henry
John Israel Montefiore, also known as John Julius Montefiore, was born probably in London, England, in 1807; his parents' names are unknown. He was a cousin of Joseph Barrow Montefiore, the notable early nineteenth century New South Wales merchant, who had trading interests in New Zealand....
Story: Montefiore, John Israel
1886–1972Storeman, trade unionist, politician, industrial arbitrator
Born on 15 December 1886 at Woodville, southern Hawke's Bay, Alexander Lamont Monteith was the son of Sarah Ann Carter and her husband, Charles Forrester Monteith, a draper from a prominent local family. After his father's death in 1901, he moved with his mother to Newtown, Wellington, where...
Story: Monteith, Alexander Lamont
1821?–1914Merchant, politician, educationalist, runholder
William Montgomery was born in London, England, and was baptised on 14 January 1821 as William John Alexander Montgomery. He was the son of Josias Montgomery, a saddler, and his wife, Eleanor Martin. When William was four his father was killed in a hunting accident. He was educated at the...
Story: Montgomery, William
1899–1985Cinema proprietor, businessman
Michael Joseph Moudabber was born in Sydney, Australia, on 24 June 1895, the eldest son and fifth child of Ferris Moudabber and his wife Elizabeth Ann Akoorie. His parents had emigrated from Lebanon in the mid 1880s, leaving their four daughters in the care of relatives. They sought to make a...
Story: Moodabe, Joseph Patrick
1907–1991Commercial artist, advertising manager, welfare worker, sculptor, potter
Muriel Carrick Wilson was born on 18 March 1907 at Whangarei, the second of six children of John Munro Wilson, a surveyor, and his wife, Mildred Carrick Proude. Pursuing his work, John Wilson moved his family about – from Whangarei to Johnsonville to Nelson and then to Palmerston North, where...
Story: Moody, Muriel Carrick
George Moonlight, later known as George Fairweather Moonlight, was born at Newmill, Glenbervie, Kincardineshire, Scotland, on 5 August 1832. He was the third child of James Moonlight, a farmer, and his wife, Jane Lindsay. The Moonlights lived near the sea and George claimed that he never went...
1871–1947Salvation Army officer, businessman
George Moore was born at Brunnerton, Westland, New Zealand, on 23 April 1871, the son of William Moore and his wife, Ruth Twigg, who had emigrated from Australia around 1868. William was a miner, later a mining engineer, and George also trained as a mining engineer on leaving school. After the...
Story: Moore, George
George Henry Moore, son of the landowner Thomas Moore and his wife, Catherine Currin, was born at Billown, Isle of Man, England, probably on 12 October 1812, and was baptised at Malew on 1 January 1813. About 1830 he emigrated to Tasmania with his friend Robert Quayle Kermode. Moore worked as...
Story: Moore, George Henry
1880–1968Civilian and army nurse, nursing administrator, hospital matron
Janet Ann Moore was born on 5 February 1880 at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, England, to Frederick Morris Moore, a carpenter, and his wife, Agnes Thompson Muir. Janet's father drowned in 1881 and in 1889 her mother brought her and her three brothers to New Zealand. The travellers experienced...
Story: Moore, Janet Ann
Lorenzo Moore was born at Kilbride Manor in Blessington parish, County Wicklow, Ireland, probably on 1 September 1808, the son of Elizabeth Armstrong and her husband, George Ogle Moore. Lorenzo is said to have entered the service of the East India Company at the age of 18, joining the Madras...
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Lucy Beatrice Moore was born in Warkworth on 14 July 1906, the fifth of eight children of Janet Morison and her husband, Harry Blomfield Moore. Their farm, Huamara, produced fruit and poultry and Harry was also a naturalist and the local librarian. A childhood amidst books and the wildlife of...
Story: Moore, Lucy Beatrice
Mary Emelia Moore, the eldest of eight children, was born on 7 March 1869 at Dunedin, New Zealand, to Charles Moore, a saddler, and his wife, Mary Stewart, sister of the barrister and later MHR William Downie Stewart. Her parents were Free Church Presbyterians who encouraged their family to...
Story: Moore, Mary Emelia
Nicholas Moore was a well-known figure in Masterton for 55 years and was the oldest priest in New Zealand when he died in 1985 at the age of 98. He was born in Kilmoganny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, on 16 September 1887, the youngest of 17 children of Anne Brennan and her husband, Thomas Moore,...
Story: Moore, Nicholas
1923–1975Ngati Kahungunu, Rangitane and Te Whanau-a-Apanui; doctor
Rina Winifred Ropiha was born in Auckland on 6 April 1923, the elder of two children of Rhoda Winifred Turuki Walker of Te Whanau-a-Apanui and her husband, Tipi Tainui Ropiha of Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitane. Rina’s father was a qualified surveyor, who later became the first Maori to be...
Story: Moore, Rina Winifred
1868–1922Artist, soldier, art teacher
Horace Jones was born on 3 February 1868 at Malvern, Worcestershire, England, the third of 10 children of Sarah Ann Garner, a schoolteacher, and her husband, David Jones, an engineer. He arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, with his family probably in 1885. After studying art under Anne Dobson, a...
1825?–1881Lawyer, politician, provincial superintendent
William Sefton Moorhouse was baptised on 18 December 1825 at Knottingley House, Yorkshire, England, the oldest son of William Moorhouse, a magistrate, and his wife, Ann Carter. He went to sea as a youth in coal-carrying vessels owned by his father, then studied law at the Middle Temple, was...
Story: Moorhouse, William Sefton