Williams, Robert Martin (Robin)

Robin Williams was an influential administrator who helped shape New Zealand’s late twentieth century public service. His ability as a mathematician earned him a place in...

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Later career

A small bach (holiday home) on a bush section on Lone Kauri Road at Karekare Beach on Auckland’s west coast provided a base for Allen and Jeny Curnow each summer, and an...

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Hanson, Frederick Melrose Horowhenua

Frederick Melrose Horowhenua Hanson was born in Levin on 9 July 1895, the son of Eliza Elizabeth Tantrum and her husband, Frederick Hanson, a farmer. He spent two years at Levin...

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Sutherland, Mary

One of a family of five daughters, Mary Sutherland was born in London on 4 May 1893 to Nellie Miller Sutherland and her husband, David Sutherland, a medical wine manufacturer....

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Marshall, John Ross

John Ross Marshall was born in Wellington on 5 March 1912, the son of Allan Marshall, a clerk, and his wife, Florence May Ross. His father was from Perthshire, and his mother’s...

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Shalfoon, Gareeb Stephen

Gareeb Stephen Shalfoon was born on 13 August 1904 at Opotiki, the son of Raria (Mary) Hopa and her husband, George Shalfoon, a storekeeper. His mother was descended from the six...

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Haddon, Arthur Langan

Arthur Langan Haddon was born on 3 October 1895 at Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Walter Haddon, an engine driver, and his wife, Mary Langan. After attending...

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Compositional styles

Lilburn’s compositional output can be divided into three distinct style periods. First period: nationalism In his first period (1936–55) he showed concern for...

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Newlands, Mabel Annie

Mabel Annie Fielding was born on 1 July 1902 at Pleasant Point, Canterbury, the youngest of the seven children of Frederick Fielding, a farmer, and his wife, Mary Davis, both...

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Clayden, Arthur

Arthur Clayden was born on 9 August 1829 at Wallingford, Berkshire, England. He was the second of four children of Eliza Mary Greene and her husband, Peter Clayden, an ironmonger...

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McArthur, Neil

Neil McArthur was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 19 March 1898, the son of George McArthur, a blacksmith, and his wife, Margaret McTavish, a dressmaker. He emigrated to New Zealand...

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Turner, Harvey

Harvey Turner was born on 11 September 1889 above his father's fruit shop in Karangahape Road, Auckland, the son of Maude Mary Constable and Edward Turner (born Tredgett). He was...

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Waite, Fred

Fred Waite, the son of storekeeper George Waite and his wife, Isabella Edington Curry, was born in Dunedin on 21 August 1885. The eldest son in a family of eight, he went to work...

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Hunter, Hiram

Hiram Hunter was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 10 February 1874, the son of Charles Hunter, a maltster, and his wife, Deborah Ann Eden. He was educated at the Sydenham...

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Northcroft, Hilda Margaret

Hilda Margaret Northcroft was born in Hamilton on 22 April 1882, the daughter of Henry William Northcroft, a resident magistrate, and his wife, Margaret Henderson. Her father was...

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Nash, Walter

Walter Nash was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, on 12 February 1882, the fifth of six children of Alfred Arthur Nash and his wife, Amelia Randle. The family was...

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Nobel Prize and other awards

Awards Before being awarded the Nobel Prize, MacDiarmid was made Blanchard Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1988). He received the John Scott Award of the City of...

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Winstone, Jane

Jane Winstone was born at Wanganui on 24 September 1912, the daughter of Lina Storme Clapham and her husband, Arthur George Winstone, a chemist. The eldest of three sisters, she...

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Matthews, Russell

Born in New Plymouth on 19 July 1896, Russell Matthews was the 10th and youngest child of Grace Marshall and her husband, Robert James Matthews, a banker. He was raised in an...

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Burgin, Annie Mona

Annie Mona Burgin was born at Kirk Michael, on the Isle of Man, on 11 March 1903, the daughter of John Robert Burgin, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Henrietta Jane...

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