Webb, Thomas Clifton

Thomas Clifton Webb was born on 8 March 1889 at Te Kopuru, Northland, the son of English parents Thomas Webb, a farmer, and his wife, Penelope Martha Massey. Clifton attended Te...

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O'Connor, Patrick John

Patrick John O’Connor, known as Pat and sometimes publicised as ‘Irish Pat’ in American wrestling, was born at Raetihi on 22 August 1924, a son of sheepfarming parents John...

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Falla, Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander Falla was born in Palmerston North on 21 July 1901, the son of George Falla, a railway clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth Kirk. The family shifted frequently, Falla'...

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Andrews, Isabella Smith

Isabella Smith Young, known as Isobel, was born at Glasgow, Scotland, on 2 November 1905, the daughter of Jeanie Scott and her husband, James Young, a mercantile clerk. The...

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Wilson, Joseph Vivian

Joseph Vivian Wilson – JV to his colleagues, Vivian to his family – was a man of many parts. He was a brilliant classical scholar who might well have had a distinguished academic...

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Shadbolt, Maurice Francis Richard

Maurice Shadbolt was a leading figure in the growth of a New Zealand literature during the second half of the twentieth century. He was the first New Zealand author to earn a good...

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Coubray, Edwin

Edwin Coubray was born at Eastern Bush, Southland, on 19 October 1900, the third of four sons of Nicholas Coubray and his wife, Minnie Flowers. His father was a railway labourer...

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Whitehouse, Alfred Henry

Alfred Henry Whitehouse was born on 15 September 1856 at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, the son of Abel Whitehouse, a warehouseman, and his wife, Matilda Craddock. He is...

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Llewellyn, Stephen Peter

Stephen Peter Llewellyn was born at Hereford, England, on 18 July 1913, the son of Arthur Henry Llewellyn, a government valuer, and his wife, Martha Helen Scott. He was educated...

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Tarr, George Herrmann

George Herrmann Tarr was born at Sydney, Australia, on 22 September 1881, the son of Agnes Emily Herrmann and her husband, William Tarr, a sawyer. He made his stage début at the...

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Campbell, Douglas Archibald

Douglas Archibald Campbell was born in Dunedin on 13 December 1906 to Archibald Campbell, a poultry expert, and his wife, Louise Shepard. He attended Dunedin Technical School and...

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Ashbridge, George Richard

George Richard Ashbridge was born in Wellington on 13 August 1901, the son of tinsmith Walter Ashbridge and his wife, Mary Agnes Hart. As a young man he tried himself out in a...

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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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Lewin, John Philip

John (Jack) Philip Lewin was born at Masterton on 3 June 1915, the second son of Frederick John Lewin, an engine driver, and his wife, Mary Theresa Williams. Jack’s father, who...

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Daniels, Margaret Dorothy Louise

Margaret Dorothy Louise Daniels, who was to become one of New Zealand’s leading teachers of ballet, was born in Wellington on 1 August 1916, the third of four children of...

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Nuclear politics

David Lange was minister of foreign affairs as well as prime minister from 1984 to 1987. During that time he came to personify New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy, although he...

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Writing and travelling

In September 1962 Frame completed the manuscript of Scented gardens for the blind (1963), her most baffling novel. Residence in rural East Suffolk from May 1962 gave substance to...

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Harris, Witarina Te Miriarangi

At the time of her death, Witarina Harris was described by politician Tariana Turia as a ‘cherished kuia of Ngāti Whakaue o Te Arawa waka; darling of the silver screen; and...

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Welch, Elwyn Owen Arnold

Elwyn Owen Arnold Welch was born in Masterton on 13 January 1925, the son of Ethel Falkner and her husband, Owen Welch, a farmer. Ethel’s family was from nearby Kaiparoro,...

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Defeat and recovery

Robert Muldoon’s 1984 election campaign was perfunctory and far less effective than his earlier ones. With the National Party’s vote split by the new right-wing New...

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