Prime minister

In June 1984, Prime Minister Robert Muldoon called a snap election. National’s vote was seriously split by the New Zealand Party, recently created and led by Bob Jones....

Part of biography: Lange, David Russell

McKnight, Beeban Annadale

Beeban Annadale McDonald was born at The Willows Terrace, Princes Street, Dunedin, on 16 January 1897, the fourth of five children of Adelaide Ritchie Wells and her husband,...

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Burn, William Wallace Allison

William Wallace Burn (later known as William Wallace Allison Burn) was the first New Zealand army officer to qualify as a military aviator. He was born on 17 July 1891 at...

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Andersen, Gordon Harold (Bill)

Communist and trade unionist Bill Andersen was one of the best-known figures in New Zealand’s radical left in the middle decades of the twentieth century. An influential...

Part of biography: Andersen, Gordon Harold (Bill)

Manning, George

George Manning was born at Gowerton, Glamorganshire, Wales, on 11 February 1887, the son of steelworker Richard Manning and his wife, Sarah Davies. At the age of 12 he won a...

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McDougall, David

David (Davie) McDougall was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 14 July 1858, the son of David Dougall, a carter, and his wife, Agnes Wardrop. By the age of 12 he was employed in a...

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Wilson, George Hamish Ormond

George Hamish Ormond Wilson was born in Bulls on 18 November 1907, the eldest son of George Hamish Wilson, a farmer, and his wife, Ada Mary Ormond. His grandfathers, J. G. Wilson...

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Wilford, Thomas Mason

Thomas Mason Wilford was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, on 20 June 1870 to John George Frederick Wilford, a surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Catherine Mason, daughter of Thomas...

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Doidge, Frederick Widdowson

Frederick Widdowson Doidge was born at Cootamundra, New South Wales, on 26 February 1884, the son of Edwin Doidge and his wife, Mary Lucy Chilcott. His father had been a...

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Hill, Tobias McGlinchy

Tobias McGlinchy Hill was born in Blantyre, near Glasgow, Scotland, on 5 November 1915, the son of Alice Wood, a mill worker, and her husband, Joseph Hill, a coalminer. Toby...

Part of biography: Hill, Tobias McGlinchy

Black, William Pierpont

William Pierpont Black's career illustrates some of the more unusual aspects of the New Zealand labour movement in the early twentieth century. William Peter Negrescu was born in...

Part of biography: Black, William Pierpont

Parliament and retirement

Pencarrow MP Far from retiring, in November 1987 Sonja Davies entered Parliament as member for Pencarrow. She had owned a home in the electorate since 1985, due to a gift from...

Part of biography: Davies, Sonja Margaret Loveday

Brown, Byron Paul

Born in Wellington on 8 July 1866, Byron Paul Brown was the seventh of fourteen children of Jane Winton and her husband, Arthur Brown, a carpenter who later became a cabinet-...

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Angus, Percy Roy

Percy Roy Angus was born in Wellington on 22 September 1893, the son of Matthew Angus, a railway clerk, and his wife, Ann Jane Bell, who were both originally from Auckland. He...

Part of biography: Angus, Percy Roy

Bailey, Rona

Rona Bailey was one of the most important figures on the radical left in twentieth-century New Zealand. She was a communist and an organiser of protest movements, particularly...

Part of biography: Bailey, Rona

Morton, Tex

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...

Part of biography: Morton, Tex

Solomon, Harata Ria Te Uira

Harata Ria Te Uira Parata was born at Otaki on 22 January 1925, the daughter of Natanahira Te Umutapu Wi Te Kakakura Parata, a farmer, and his wife, Oriwa Tuini Horomona. Her...

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Forbes, George William

George William Forbes was born in Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 12 March 1869, the son of Annie Adamson and her husband, Robert Forbes, a sailmaker. After attending Lyttelton School...

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Carey, Elijah John

Elijah Carey was born in the goldmining town of Gympie, Queensland, Australia, on 20 August 1876, a twin son of Catherine Newman and her husband, Elijah Carey, a miner. Elijah...

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Firth, Cedric Harold

Cedric Harold Firth was born on 22 May 1908 in Auckland, the son of Jane Elizabeth Marie Cartmill and her husband, Wesley Hugh Bourne Firth, a building and general contractor....

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