Douglas, Charles Edward

Charles Edward Douglas was born on 1 July 1840 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the sixth and youngest child of Martha Brook and her husband, James Douglas, an accountant with the...

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Brunner, Thomas

Thomas Brunner was baptised on 22 August 1821 at Oxford, England, the son of William Brunner, attorney at law and Oxford county coroner, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Fraser. At...

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The 1940s

Curnow’s work hours as a cable subeditor became more irregular after the outbreak of the Second World War. The war deeply affected his poetry. He intensified his sense of...

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Hooker, Joseph Dalton

Joseph Dalton Hooker is said to have been born at Halesworth, Suffolk, England, on 30 June 1817, and was baptised there on 3 July. He was the younger son of Sir William Jackson...

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Bellingshausen, Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von

Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen is said to have been born on 20 September 1778 (9 September, Old Style) at Hoheneichen, on the island of Ösel (Saaremaa), in...

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Pascoe, John Dobrée

John Dobrée Pascoe was born at Christchurch on 26 September 1908, the elder of twin sons of Effie Denham and her husband, Guy Dobrée Pascoe, a prominent solicitor....

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Rochfort, John

John Rochfort was one of the great surveyor-engineers who explored, mapped and opened up the young colony of New Zealand for European settlement. He was born on 21 May 1832 in...

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Harper, Arthur Paul

Arthur Paul Harper, known for much of his life as AP or APH, was born in Christchurch on 27 June 1865, the eldest child of Joanna Dorothea Dyke Acland-Troyte and her husband,...

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Elder, Norman Lascelles

Norman Lascelles Elder was born on 6 April 1896 in Wellington, the son of Henry Richardson Elder and his wife, Anne Wildman. He grew up in a frontier farming environment at...

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Dore, John Benjamin Charles

John Benjamin Charles Dore was born on 29 April 1872 at Waikaia, Southland, New Zealand. He was the third child of James Dore and his wife, Mary Ann Christina Patterson, and had...

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McKee, Tasman Joseph

Tasman Joseph McKee was born in Nelson on 7 May 1911, the son of Annie Isabel Macdonald and her husband, Arthur McKee, a journalist, businessman and pioneer orchardist. Known as...

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Tuckett, Frederick

Frederick Tuckett was born at Frenchay, near Bristol, England, on 27 August 1807. He was the fifth and youngest son of Phillip Debell Tuckett, a woollen manufacturer, and his wife...

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Blair, William Newsham

William Newsham Blair was born at Kilmeny, Islay, an island in the Scottish inner Hebrides, probably on 10 August 1841. He was the son of Mary Newsham and her husband, David...

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Caples, Patrick Quirk

Patrick Quirk Caples was born in Bilboa, County Limerick, Ireland, probably in 1829 or 1830, the son of Julia Quirk and her husband, Patrick Caples, a doctor. Nothing is known of...

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Holloway, John Thorpe

John Thorpe Holloway was born at Oxford, in rural North Canterbury, on 15 November 1914, the son of Margaret Brenda North and her husband, John Ernest Holloway, an Anglican vicar...

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Mead, William Perrett

William (Bill) Perrett Mead is best known for his role in the development of the Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River recreational areas. He was born at Scarrotts station...

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Environmental advocate

In 1997 the Cousteau Society appointed Blake the successor to environmentalist and explorer Jacques Cousteau, with the intention that Blake should captain the planned Calypso II....

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Writing

A good keen man Crump collected his experiences of working as a deer culler in his first novel, A good keen man (1960). This novel, which summed up numerous cherished national...

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Barrington, Alphonse John

Alpheus John Barrington was born probably in 1831 or 1832 in Newfoundland, although he sometimes claimed to have been born in Ireland. His parents' names are unknown. He was also...

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Sibson, Richard Broadley

Richard Broadley Sibson, known to his friends as ‘Sib’, was a popular and influential teacher for two generations of Auckland schoolboys, and one of the pioneers of modern bird-...

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