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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 Taiporutu Te Mapu-o-te-rangi Mitchell was born at Ohinemutu on 5 May 1877, the elder of two children of Te Whakarato Rangipahere Taiehu of Ngati Te Takinga, a hapu of Ngati Pikiao, and Henry Walker Mitchell, a surveyor. Taiporutu, 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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?–1838Nga Puhi leader, agriculturalist, trader
Moetara was a leader of Ngati Korokoro at Hokianga during the period of European contact in the 1820s and 1830s. He also had connections with Te Rarawa, Te Roroa and Ngati Whatua. He is thought to have been born in the late eighteenth century and was descended from Nga Puhi ancestor Rahiri and...
Story: Moetara Motu Tongaporutu
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...
Story: Moffatt, Harry Louis
1885–1943Ngati Whakaue; land agent, commission agent, Ratana administrator
Pita Te Turuki Tamati Moko was born at Rotorua on 9 May 1885, the son of Tamati Moko and his wife, Rawinia Te Whau Wharetutu. He was principally of Ngati Whakaue of Te Arawa, although he was also connected to Ngati Rangiwewehi and Ngai Te Rangi. Pita Moko attended Rotorua School and then St...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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