Anderson, Ellen Alice

Ellen Alice Anderson was born in Eketahuna on 22 June 1882, the sixth child of Swedish immigrants Johanna Manson and her husband, Anders Anderson, a farmer. Her parents had...

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Penlington, William Arthur Greener

William Arthur Greener Penlington was born on 8 October 1890 at Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, where his grandfather, a sawmiller, had settled around 1852. The son of compositor...

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Astor, Alexander

Alexander Ostroff, one of eight children of Rabbi Theodore Lionel Ostroff and his wife, Gertrude Freedman, was born in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 August 1900. Several months later...

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Elliott, Keith

Keith Elliott was born (auspiciously) on 25 April 1916 in the backblocks settlement of Apiti, north-east of Feilding, the eighth of nine children of Thomas Frank Capper Elliott,...

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Hardham, William James

William James Hardham was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 31 July 1876, the son of George Hardham, a labourer, and his wife, Ann Gregory. After attending Mount Cook School,...

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Roberton, James Basil Wilkie

James Basil Wilkie Roberton was born in Auckland on 30 January 1896, the second of four children of Eliza Ann Wilkie and her husband, Ernest Roberton, a prominent medical...

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Sutherland, Olive Rose

Olive Rose Sutherland was born on 6 August 1894 at Masterton. She was the daughter of Rose Julia Clarke and her husband, Robert Sutherland, a labourer who became a printer’s...

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Te Whiu, Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas Te Whiu was one of the last four people to be hanged for murder in New Zealand, and his 1955 execution was to give impetus to the campaign to abolish capital...

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Watkins, Gladys Elinor

Gladys Elinor Watkins was born in Akaroa on 20 October 1884, the 11th child of English-born parents Elizabeth Ellen Pavitt and her husband, Stephen Watkins, a gardener. She was...

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Ehau, Kepa Hamuera Anaha

Kepa Hamuera Anaha Ehau was born on 5 November 1885 at Otewa, a small community south-east of Otorohanga in the King Country. At the time of Kepa’s birth Te Kooti and his Ringatu...

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Hippolite, John Te One

John Te One Hippolite (registered as Teone Hoani Hippolite) was born at Madsen Bay, D’Urville Island, on 25 August 1929, the eldest of 10 children of Benjamin (Peneamine)...

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Holdaway, Hubert Reginald

Hubert Reginald Holdaway was born at Lower Moutere, near Motueka, on 18 January 1896, the 10th of 12 children of Henry Oscar Holdaway and his wife, Jane Edwards. His parents were...

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James, Jimmy

Jimmy James, the man who taught thousands of Wellingtonians the art of ballroom dancing, was born Dimitrios Skafidas in Athens, Greece, on 15 February 1915. He was one of six...

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Ruru, Lena Matewai

Rina Matewai Ruru, better known as Lena, was born in Gisborne on 5 June 1902, the sixth of eleven children of Henare Keepa Ruru and his wife, Maata Rewanga Paraone. Her birth...

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Tahiwi, Pirimi Pererika

Pirimi Pererika Tahiwi was born on 16 September 1890 at Otaki. His father, Rawiri Rota Tahiwi, a Native Land Court assessor, was of Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Maiotaki. His mother,...

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Huata, Wiremu Te Tau

Wi Te Tau was the third in a succession of Anglican Maori ministers from the Huata family, their careers spanning most of the history of Christianity in New Zealand. His father,...

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Luxford, Nola

Nola Luxford was a New Zealand-born actress, writer, pioneer broadcaster and founder of the Anzac Club in New York City during the Second World War. Born Adelaide Minola Pratt on...

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Kippenberger, Howard Karl

Howard Karl Kippenberger was born at Ladbrooks, south of Christchurch, on 28 January 1897. He was the eldest child of Karl Kippenberger, a head teacher and Methodist local...

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Rupe, Carmen Tione

Carmen Rupe was a trailblazing transgender woman and entertainer, a larger-than-life personality, sex worker, and celebrated LGBTIQ+ icon. Proprietor of several notorious...

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