Lovelock, John Edward

One of the most celebrated of all Olympic champions, John Edward (Jack) Lovelock was born on 5 January 1910 at Crushington, near Reefton. He was named after his father, John...

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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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Page, Sarah

Sarah Saunders, born on 26 August 1863 at Waimea South, New Zealand, was the sixth of 10 children of Rhoda Flower and her husband, the radical politician, writer, temperance...

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Gummer, William Henry

William Henry Gummer, the sixth child in a family of eight, was born in Auckland on 7 December 1884, the son of Thomas George Gummer, an accountant, and his wife, Jane Taylor...

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Harper, Amy Merania

Amy Merania Harper was born in Paeroa on 23 May 1900, the eldest child of Ada Agnes Nalder and her husband, William Septimus Harper, an engineer. Amy grew up with her family (she...

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Carson, William Nicol

Bill Carson was honoured in sport as the fifth person to represent New Zealand in both cricket and rugby, and in war as a recipient of the Military Cross for bravery. The son of...

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Christy, Hirini Whaanga

Hirini (Sidney) Whaanga Christy, great-grandson of Ngāti Rakaipaaka and Ngāti Kahungunu leader Īhaka Whaanga, was born on 16 August 1883 at Nūhaka. His mother, Mihi Mere Whaanga,...

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Train, Winnifred Sarah

Winnifred Sarah Train was born at Waitotara on 14 February 1904, the daughter of Hilda Mary Parsons and her husband, Frederick Train, a storekeeper and farmer. She attended...

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Enright, Mary Teresa

Mary Teresa Enright was born in Charleston on the West Coast on 22 July 1880, the daughter of Irish Catholic parents Mary Hayes, a hotel-keeper from County Clare, and her husband...

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Rose, Randolph Arthur John Scott

Randolph Arthur John Scott Rose was born at Wellington on Christmas Day 1901, the son of Henry Rose, a civil servant, and his wife, Grace Gillespie. His family had a strong...

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Don, Rachel

Rachel Hull was born at Hokitika, New Zealand, on 23 July 1866, the daughter of Mary Ann Walters and her husband, James Hull. James, an American, was described as a musician when...

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Aspey, Vincent

Vincent Aspey, popularly known as Vince, was the first leader of New Zealand’s National Orchestra. He was born in Hindley, Lancashire, on 5 January 1909, the second of two sons...

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McHardy, Emmet Charles

Emmet Charles McHardy was born at Pihama, Taranaki, on 27 June 1904, the third of four children of John McHardy, a Scottish-born farmer, and his wife, Mary Frances O’Reilly, the...

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Ralph, Patricia Marjorie

Patricia Marjorie Ralph was born in Wellington on 5 April 1920, the daughter of Clarence John Ralph, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Elin Elfie Jacobson. She attended...

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