Cook, Freda Mary

Freda Mary Pym was born on 9 November 1896 at Alvescott, Oxfordshire, England, one of four children of Emma Bertha Harrison and her husband, Samuel Arnott Pym, a solicitor. Freda...

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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...

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Page, Ruth Allan

Ruth Page came to prominence in 1955 when she led the controversial and much publicised Nelson women’s railway protest. Unusually small of stature, and always correct and...

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Baxter, Archibald McColl Learmond

Archibald McColl Learmond Baxter was born at Saddle Hill, Otago, New Zealand, on 13 December 1881, one of eight children of John Baxter, a farm labourer, and his wife, Mary McColl...

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Hippolite, John Te One

John Te One Hippolite (registered as Teone Hoani Hippolite) was born at Madsen Bay, D’Urville Island, on 25 August 1929, the eldest of 10 children of Benjamin (Peneamine)...

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Tuck, George Albert

George Albert Tuck was born at Cambridge, New Zealand, on 13 February 1884, the son of Charles Tuck, an accountant, and his wife, Mary Josephine Gallagher. He attended school in...

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Elliott, Howard Leslie

Howard Leslie Elliott was born in Maldon, Victoria, Australia, on 10 March 1877, the son of Emma March and her husband, James Elliott, a bootmaker. Although brought up a...

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Hunn, Jack Kent

Jack Kent Hunn, the eldest of three children, was born on 24 August 1906 in Masterton to Annie Peterson and her husband, Frederic John Hunn, a carriage painter by trade, who was...

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Pyatt, William Allan

William Allan Pyatt was born in Gisborne on 4 November 1916, the eldest of seven children of Albert Ernest Pyatt, a warehouseman, and his wife, Violet May Feldon. At Gisborne...

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Bailey, Chip

Reginald John Bailey was born on 16 March 1921 in Blenheim, the son of James Maurice Bailey, a Crown lands ranger, and his wife, Elizabeth Agnes Murray. He was always known as...

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Stewart, Albert Oliphant

Albert Oliphant Stewart, also known as Te Tāwhero Stewart (Tuati) and Arapeta Tuati, was born in Whakatāne on 16 July 1884, the son of Charles Edward Oliphant Stewart, a farmer,...

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Thornton, Leonard Whitmore

Sir Leonard Thornton was New Zealand’s outstanding military leader in the second half of the twentieth century. He demonstrated leadership, administrative skill, and...

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Soljak, Miriam Bridelia

Miriam Bridelia Cummings was born at Thames on 15 June 1879, one of eight children of Irish-born Matthew Cummings, a carpenter, and his Scottish wife, Annie Cunningham. The...

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Cossey, Alice Eleanor

Alice Eleanor Cossey was born on 8 November 1879 at Drury, Auckland, New Zealand, the eighth of nine children of Solomon Cossey, a shoemaker, and his wife, Martha Bragg Martin....

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Mack, Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph Mack was born at Wellington, New Zealand, on 3 March 1867, the son of Barbara Wilkinson and her husband, Thomas Mack, who farmed in the Ohariu Valley. About two...

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Papahurihia, Penetana

Papahurihia, also known as Te Atua Wera, was a renowned Ngāpuhi tohunga. He belonged to both Te Hikutū and Ngāti Hau hapū. The date of his birth is unknown; in 1866 he was said to...

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Barsanti, Ottavio

Ottavio Barsanti was born in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy, probably in 1825 or 1826, the son of Lorenzo Barsanti, a farmer, and his wife, Maria Silionni. His gravestone in Sydney...

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Weir, Stephen Cyril Ettrick

Cyril Ettrick Weir, the youngest of the 10 sons of Cochrane Weir, a farmer, and his wife, Allison McKay, was born at Sandymount on the Otago Peninsula on 5 October 1904. He 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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Youren, Harold Wilfred

Harold Wilfred Youren was born in Auckland on 23 April 1910 to Mary Philpott Pitcher and her husband, David Prinald Youren, a banker. He was educated at Wellington College and...

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