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1877–1918Labourer, politician, lawyer, professor of economics and history
Harry Dodgshun Bedford was born in Hunslet, Yorkshire, England, on 31 August 1877, the only son of Walter Scott Bedford, a tailor, and his wife, Ellen Dodgshun. He attended Morley School until 1886, when he emigrated to Invercargill, New Zealand, with his mother and four sisters; his father had...
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1902–1998Educational psychologist, university lecturer, educationalist, senior public servant, ambassador
Clarence Edward Beeby was born at Meanwood, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 16 June 1902, the second son of Anthony Beeby and his wife, Alice Rhodes. His forebears on both sides were working class but his father had been apprenticed to a pharmacist and owned a chemist shop when Clarence was born. The...
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Estelle Girda Beere was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, on 23 July 1875, one of five children of Edward Holroyd Beere, a surveyor, and his wife, Mary Brewer. When she was 11 years old her family moved to 76 Hill Street, Wellington, where she attended Fitzherbert Terrace School. Estelle had her...
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1936–1997Teacher, lecturer, politician
Bruce Beetham was one of New Zealand’s best-known politicians during the 1970s and early 1980s. Under his leadership the New Zealand Social Credit Political League mounted a sustained but ultimately unsuccessful third-party challenge to the post-Second World War ascendancy of the Labour and...
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1912–1991Radiologist, historian, conservationist
Charles and Neil Begg came from a well-known Dunedin family, their paternal grandparents having been among the early Scottish settlers of Otago. Their father, Charles Mackie Begg, was a physician and surgeon, who married Lillian Helen Lawrance Treadwell in 1909. Alexander Charles (known as...
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1825?–1874Piano manufacturer, piano tuner, music shop proprietor
Charles Begg was baptised at Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 23 July 1825. He was the son of William Begg and his wife, Margaret Hunter. On 19 July 1855 at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, he married Jessie Milne, daughter of Alexander Milne and his wife, Janet Begg. Charles and Jessie Begg had...
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1879–1919Doctor, surgeon, army health administrator
Charles Mackie Begg was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 13 September 1879, the sixth of nine children of Alexander Campbell Begg, an accountant and Free Church Presbyterian, and his wife, Katherine Clarke, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Kaikorai School and Otago Boys' High School...
Story: Begg, Charles Mackie
1886–1971Welfare worker and administrator, feminist
Jeannie Begg was born on 7 October 1886 at Port Chalmers, one of 10 children of Scottish parents Eliza Johnstone and her husband, John Begg, a tanner and rug-maker. Her close-knit Presbyterian family considered her the most dynamic and boisterous of the children (her mother put this down to her...
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Robert Campbell Begg was born on 11 April 1886 in Dunedin, the son of Katherine Clarke and her husband, Alexander Campbell Begg, an accountant. He attended Kaikorai School, and then Otago Boys’ High School from 1898 to 1901, before working in an office. Begg’s Presbyterian upbringing directed...
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William Belcher was born in London, England, probably in 1859 or 1860, the son of Mary Ann Bull and her husband, William John Belcher, an engineer. Little is known of his early years before he went to sea in 1872. In his late teens or early 20s he may have been ship-wrecked on an island off the...
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1870–1936Farmer, soldier, land agent, newspaper editor, politician
Allen (Allan) Bell was born at Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand, on 14 February 1870. He was the son of Allen Bell, a farmer, and his wife, Mary Mathews. Allen senior was apparently forced off his land in the depression of the 1880s and the family moved to Taranaki. Young Allen attended Mr...
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1897–1990Teacher, sports administrator, community leader
Elizabeth Viola Bell was born on 4 June 1897 at San Francisco, California, the daughter of English parents Elizabeth Brown and her husband, John William Bell, a boilermaker. The family moved to Canada, Australia and then Fiji arriving in New Zealand at the end of 1902. Early the next year Vi, as...
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1822–1898Public administrator, runholder, politician
Francis Dillon Bell, usually called Dillon, is said to have been born in France on 8 October 1822. His father, Edward Bell, was a merchant and the British consul at Bordeaux. His mother, Frances, was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, the Reverend J. Matthews. Dillon Bell was tutored at home...
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1887–1970Surgeon, university professor
Francis Gordon Bell was born on 13 September 1887 at Grovetown, Marlborough, the son of Scottish-born William Bell, who ran merino sheep in the Wairau Valley, and his wife, Emma Amelia Dolamore, a schoolmistress and daughter of New Zealand’s first Baptist clergyman, Decimus Dolamore. Gordon (as...
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1851–1936Lawyer, mayor, politician, prime minister
Francis Henry Dillon Bell, known to his friends and family as Harry, was born at Nelson, New Zealand, on 31 March 1851, the eldest son of the former New Zealand Company agent Francis Dillon Bell and his wife, Margaret Hort. Bell was educated at the Church of England Grammar School in Auckland...
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1896–1987Radio pioneer, sheep farmer
Shag Valley station in eastern Otago is an unlikely setting for a sister and brother to become world radio pioneers. Margaret Brenda Bell was born there on 18 October 1891; Francis Wirgman Dillon Bell was born in Dunedin on 12 June 1896. They were the only children of runholder Alfred Dillon...
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1809–1899Newspaper proprietor and editor
George Bell was born at Hull, Yorkshire, England, on 9 January 1809, the son of John Bell, a customs landing waiter, and his wife, Hannah Armitage. Until the age of eight George was educated at home by his mother, and was then sent to a private school, taking Latin, French and rudimentary...
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1877–1934Geologist, writer, company director
James Abbott Mackintosh Bell was born at St Andrews, Quebec, Canada, on 23 September 1877, the son of Andrew Bell, a civil engineer and architect, and his wife, Marianne Rosamond. The family moved to Almonte, Ontario, when James was a child, and he received his early education there. He studied...
1895–1970Teacher, farmer, political organiser, educationalist
Kathrine McAllister Stewart was born at Manchester, England, on 13 May 1895, the eldest of three children of Andrew Stewart, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Jane Vallance Davidson. When Rena, as she was known, was five years old, the family moved to Birmingham, where she attended the King...
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1922–2012Teacher, lecturer, educationalist
Marie Bell was an educator and tireless campaigner for the rights of both children and parents, challenging educational orthodoxies to ensure more child-centred practices and an environment more supportive of parents. Through her work with a network of like-minded organisations, her advocacy for...
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