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Annie Christina Morrison was born on 27 February 1870 at Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand. Her parents, Donald Morrison and his wife, Christina Ross, had been Free Church of Scotland missionaries in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). After four years in the mission, Donald Morrison's ill health...
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1935–2009Te Arawa; singer, entertainer, community leader
Howard Morrison was one of the most beloved New Zealand entertainers of the second half of the twentieth century. A household name from the 1960s, both as a member of the Howard Morrison Quartet and as a solo performer, he helped bring Māori culture to the mainstream of New Zealand society....
Story: Morrison, Howard Leslie
Cyril James Morton was born at Wanganui on 19 April 1903, the son of Helen Molloy and her husband, William Thomas James Morton, a grocer. He was educated at South Wellington School and Wellington College. After leaving school he worked as an office boy at a film distribution company. This, and...
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Frank Morton spent only 9 of his 54 years in New Zealand. During that time he shocked, stimulated and entertained New Zealanders and was then largely forgotten. Born on 12 May 1869 in Bromley, Kent, England, the son of a plumber, James Morton, and his wife, Rhoda Hookham, Morton was educated...
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Katherine Elizabeth Morton, better known as Elsie K. Morton, was born on 5 October 1885 in Melrose, Devonport, Auckland, the daughter of William Edmund Morton, an accountant, and his wife, Elizabeth Ayerst Bishop, a strongly religious but liberal woman. The fourth of five children, Elsie had...
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1916–1983Musician, singer, songwriter, entertainer, hypnotist, actor
Robert William Lane, better known as the international country music and variety performer Tex Morton, was born in Nelson on 30 August 1916. The son of Mildred Eastgate and her husband, Bernard William Lane, a telegraph operator, he was the eldest child in a family of three sons and a daughter...
Story: Morton, Tex
1827/1828?–1904Businessman, politician, planter, colonial administrator
Frederick Joseph Moss was born at Longwood, St Helena, probably in 1827 or 1828. He was the son of Sarah Britton and her husband, a farmer whose first name is unknown. Frederick was educated at the head school of the East India Company (which then administered the island), and at the age of 12...
Story: Moss, Frederick Joseph
Thomas Rawlings Mould is said to have been born on 31 May 1805; his place of birth and parentage are unknown, as are the details of his marriage, although he is known to have had six daughters. Mould was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 22 September 1826, and over...
Story: Mould, Thomas Rawlings
Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort was born on 13 March 1825, according to family information, and was baptised at Birmingham, England, on 1 September 1825. He was the eldest child of Thomas Mountfort and his wife, Susanna Wale Woolfield. Benjamin grew up in Birmingham, where his father was a...
Charles Adnam Mountfort was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 9 February 1854. He was the eldest of six children of Charles Wheeler Mountfort, a farmer and civil engineer, and his wife, Mary Eliza Adnam. Charles's parents, together with his father's sister and brother, Susanna Wale...
Story: Mountfort, Charles Adnam
William Mowbray was born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, on 25 December 1835, the son of William Mowbray, a lace manufacturer, and his wife, Anne. He received some of his education under Canon William Fry, and trained as a teacher for three years at St Mark's College, Chelsea, run by...
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1835–1918Surveyor, engineer, land commissioner
Gerhard Mueller was born on 7 February 1835 at Darmstadt, in the grand duchy of Hesse, where his Danish father was a professor of mathematics at Darmstadt university. His ability was passed on to his son, for Gerhard soon showed promise of becoming an excellent mathematician, as well as an...
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Nina Catherine Howard was born in Dunedin on 20 October 1900, the eldest of six daughters of English emigrant Ernest Henry Howard, a Baptist minister, and his New Zealand-born wife, Georgina Matheson Lindsay. By the time she was born her father had decided to study medicine, and in 1905...
Story: Muir, Nina Catherine
Rose Caroline Muir was born in Blenheim on 12 January 1884, the daughter of Rose Dale and her husband, James Muir, engineer and later manager of the Municipal Gas Works. About 1906 she began nursing training at Wairau Hospital. She qualified as a registered nurse in July 1909 and was...
Story: Muir, Rose Caroline
1921–1992Accountant, politician, prime minister
Robert David Muldoon (known as Rob or Bob) was the only son of James Henry Muldoon, a government inspector, and his wife, Amie Rusha Browne. He was born in Auckland on 25 September 1921. His paternal grandfather, James Henry Muldoon (senior), was a Methodist evangelist and social worker in one...
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1881–1962Journalist, writer, broadcaster
Alan Edward Mulgan was born on 18 May 1881 at George Vesey Stewart's Irish Protestant settlement in Katikati, in the Bay of Plenty. He was the son of Frances Maria Johnston and her husband, Edward Ker Mulgan, a farmer who was later a journalist, newspaper editor and teacher, and who eventually...
Story: Mulgan, Alan Edward
1857/1858?–1920Farmer, newspaper editor, teacher, school inspector
Edward Ker Mulgan was born at Ballynahinch, County Down, Ireland, probably in 1857 or 1858, the son of Arabella Maria Stringer and her husband, the Reverend William Edward Mulgan, later rector of Dunaghy, County Antrim. Edward was educated at Portora Royal School and Armagh Grammar School. In...
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1911–1945Journalist, poet, novelist, editor, soldier
John Alan Edward Mulgan was born in Christchurch on 31 December 1911, the elder son and second of three children born to Marguerita Blomfield Pickmere and her husband, Alan Edward Mulgan. His father was a journalist on the staff of the Christchurch Press; his mother had been one of the first...
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1927–1979Naval officer, radio engineer, adventurer, businessman
Peter David Mulgrew was born on 21 November 1927 at Lower Hutt, the elder son of Edith Matthews, a woollen industry worker, and her husband, William John Mulgrew, a boilermaker. He attended Petone West School and Epuni School, where he did well, but he was unsettled at Hutt Valley Memorial...
Story: Mulgrew, Peter David
1887–1971Farmer, farmers' union leader
William Walter Mulholland was born at Greendale, on the Canterbury Plains, on 8 January 1887, the eldest son of Frances Horrell and her husband, Daniel Mulholland, a shepherd who later farmed at Darfield. Walter (as he was known) received primary education at Darfield School. He developed a...
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