National MP

Rob Muldoon tried repeatedly throughout the 1950s to become a member of Parliament. In 1951 he unsuccessfully sought National’s candidacy for Mt Albert. In 1954, after...

Part of biography: Muldoon, Robert David

Morton, Cyril James

Cyril James Morton was born at Wanganui on 19 April 1903, the son of Helen Molloy and her husband, William Thomas James Morton, a grocer. He was educated at South Wellington...

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O'Brien, Margaret Kathleen

Margaret Kathleen O’Brien was born in Wellington on 7 April 1906, the youngest of six children of Margaret O’Brien, a domestic servant, and her husband, Thomas O’Brien, a...

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Holmes, Cecil William

New Zealand’s first left-wing documentary film-maker, Cecil Holmes achieved notoriety in the late 1940s through the highly publicised exposure of his communist activity as a...

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Stuart, Bathia Howie

Bathia (known as Bathie) Howie Stuart was born on 10 May 1893 in Hastings, the daughter of Ellen Elizabeth Downie and her husband, Alexander Stuart, a draper. Her parents...

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Mirams, Gordon Holden

Gordon Holden Mirams was born in Christchurch on 9 March 1909, the son of Leslie Haywood Mirams, a travelling salesman, and his wife, Mary Elvire Webb. A regular film-goer from...

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Hayward, Ramai Rongomaitara

Ramai Hayward was a pioneering documentary and feature film-maker. She trained as a photographer in the mid-1930s and had established her own studio in Auckland when she...

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Hayward, Rudall Charles Victor

Rudall Hayward was New Zealand's most prolific pioneer film-maker in an era when local film-going was dominated by American westerns. Inspired by New Zealand's ‘rough-hewn story...

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Nation, William Charles

William Charles Nation was born in Sydney, Australia, on 18 February 1840, the eldest child of William Nation, a printer, and his wife, Mary Jenkin Howe. In 1857 the family moved...

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Lye, Leonard Charles Huia

Leonard Charles Huia Lye was born on 5 July 1901 in Christchurch. A year earlier the marriage of his parents, Rose Ann Cole and Harry Lye, a hairdresser, had caused conflict...

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Whitehouse, Davina

Davina Whitehouse’s career in performance spanned 70 years, from theatre and film roles in Britain between the 1920s and the 1940s to radio, theatre, television and film...

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Kerridge, Robert James

Robert James Kerridge was born in Christchurch on 30 October 1901, the son of Frederick Thomas Kerridge, a tram driver, and his wife, Ellen Maude Bell. At the age of five his...

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Hanna, George Patrick

George Patrick Hanna was born at Whitianga on 18 March 1888 to Australian-born Mary Jane Carnie and her Irish-born husband, Patrick Hanna, a hotel keeper. Educated at Wanganui...

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Munro, Leslie Knox

Leslie Knox Munro was born in Auckland on 26 February 1901, the son of Colin Robert Munro, a schoolteacher, and his wife, Maria Caroline Knox. He was educated at Remuera School...

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O'Brien, Thomas Alexander

Thomas Alexander O'Brien was born in Thames on 11 June 1888, the son of Thomas O'Brien, a local police constable, and his Scottish-born wife, Rose Ann Gray. Details of his...

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Bartlett, Patricia Maureen

Patricia Bartlett became a household name in 1970s New Zealand. Hers was a celebrity of an unusual kind: she stood against the tide of social change which promoted more relaxed...

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Cataldo, Giovanni

Universally known as Johnny or John, Giovanni Cataldo was born at Island Bay, Wellington, on 18 November 1927. He was the fifth child and second son of Francesco Cataldo and his...

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Newham, Charles Frederick

Charles Frederick Newham was born at Christchurch, New Zealand, on 21 June 1880, the son of Ann Martin and her husband, Enoch Newham, a mechanic. Nothing is known of his early...

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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...

Part of biography: Webb, Thomas Clifton

Fame

First publication From 1945 to 1948 the Hendersons taught at Waiōmatatini Native School on the East Coast. Sylvia published short pieces in the periodicals Here and Now and the...

Part of biography: Ashton-Warner, Sylvia Constance

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