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1898–1974Nutritionist, medical researcher
Muriel Emma Bell was born on 4 January 1898 at Murchison, the daughter of Thomas Bell, a farmer, and his wife, Eliza Sheat. She began her education at Murchison School, where she was a reluctant pupil. Her childhood was shaped by family tragedy. During 1905–6 she lost two siblings and in 1907...
Story: Bell, Muriel Emma
1845–1940Anglican missionary, teacher
Elizabeth Bellamy was born in Lady Wood, Birmingham, England, on 19 March 1845, the daughter of Robert Bellamy, a cordwainer, and his wife, Ann White. She became a teacher, but after hearing about a massacre of Maronite Christian men and boys near Mt Lebanon (then in the Syrian region of the...
Story: Bellamy, Elizabeth
1778–1852Naval officer, explorer
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 Estonia, the son of Fabian Ernst von Bellingshausen and his wife, Anna Katharina von Folckern (or Fölckeren). The Russian...
1912–1994Labourer, physical education instructor, sports coach
James Charles Robertson was born on 10 July 1912 in Hastings to Dorcas Mary Skerrett, of Ngāi Tahu ancestry, and James Robertson, a salesman. He was fostered by Arthur and Ada Bellwood and grew up in Christchurch. He attended Beckenham and Waltham primary schools and Christchurch Technical...
Story: Bellwood, James Charles
1898–1962Teacher, economist, university professor
Horace Belshaw was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, on 9 February 1898, the son of James Belshaw, a master greengrocer, and his wife, Mary Pilkington. His father was one of the first Labour councillors in Britain and the family was active in the Primitive Methodist church. Emigrating to New...
Story: Belshaw, Horace
William Blaxland Benham was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, on 29 March 1860, the sixth of seven children of Ebenezer (Edward) Benham and his wife, Mary Ann Shoppee. Ebenezer was a prosperous solicitor and the family home had three acres of grounds. William had a secure childhood, going...
Story: Benham, William Blaxland
Ethel Rebecca Benjamin was New Zealand's first woman lawyer. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 19 January 1875 to Lizzie Mark and her husband, Henry Benjamin, a prominent Dunedin money-broker. The Benjamins had at least seven children, of whom it is believed Ethel was the eldest. The...
Story: Benjamin, Ethel Rebecca
Agnes Elizabeth Lloyd Bennett was born on 24 June 1872 at Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia, the sixth of seven children of William Christopher Bennett, an exceptionally able engineer and commissioner of roads and bridges for New South Wales, and his wife, Agnes Amelia Hays, an intelligent woman of...
1913–1998Nō Ngāti Whakaue, nō Ngāti Pikiao; he kaipāho, he kaingārahu hōia, he kaimahi kāwanatanga, he māngai kāwanatanga
I whānau mai a Charles Moihi Te Arawaka Bennett (Taare Pēneti) i te 27 o Hūrae o te tau 1913, ko ia tētehi o ngā tamariki tekau mā iwa a Pererika Ākuhata Pēneti (Frederick Augustus Bennett) rāua ko tana wahine tuarua, ko Arihia Ngārangioue (Rangioue) Hēmana (Pōkiha rānei). Nō Ngāti Whakaue, nō...
1898–1976Doctor, military medical administrator, writer
Francis Oswald Bennett (always known as ‘Os’) was born on 19 February 1898 in Christchurch, the son of William Francis Bennett and his wife, Rose Maria Harrow. His childhood was spent on his parents’ small farm at Woodbury, South Canterbury. When he was young his mother became crippled by severe...
Story: Bennett, Francis Oswald
1871–1950Nō Ngāti Whakaue; he minita Mihingare, he pīhopa
Ko Ōhinemutu kāinga i te tapa o Rotorua Moana te wāhi i whānau ai a Frederick Augustus Bennett (Pererika Ākuhata Pēneti) i te 15 o Noema 1871. Ko Raiha Ratete (Eliza Rogers) tōna whaea. He wahine nō te kāhui ariki o tērā manawapū o Te Arawa, nō Ngāti Whakaue. Ko tāna i tuku ai ki tana tama ko...
Story: Bennett, Frederick Augustus
Henry Gilbert Bennett (better known as Harry Scott Bennett) was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on 1 June 1877, the son of a radical carpenter, James William Bennett, and his equally radical wife, Charlotte Mary Phipps, a schoolteacher. Harry Scott Bennett served his apprenticeship as a...
Story: Bennett, Henry Gilbert Scott
Mary Jane Hebden was baptised on 11 December 1816, at Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, England, the eldest child of Mary and William Hebden. Her father was, by family tradition, the squire of the village of Dacre Banks, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In September 1839, describing herself as a...
Story: Bennett, Mary Jane
1912–1986Artist, printer, typographer, publisher, editor
Leo Vernon Bensemann was born in Takaka, Golden Bay, on 1 May 1912, the son of Vernon Victor Bensemann, a blacksmith, and his wife, Ruby Arnold. He was the great-grandchild of German immigrants who had settled in the Moutere hills near Nelson in the 1840s. By 1922 his family had moved to Nelson...
Story: Bensemann, Leo Vernon
1886–1964Professor of home science
William Noel Benson was born at Penge, Surrey, England, on 26 December 1885, the son of William Benson, of independent means, and his wife, Emma Elizabeth Mather. Shortly after their son's birth the couple moved to Australia: to Melbourne, then Hobart. William and his two younger sisters...
Story: Benson, Gertrude Helen
1837–1916Soldier, deserter, Pākehā-Māori, character
Kimble Bent, also known as Kimball Bent, was born in Eastport, Maine, USA, on 24 August 1837, the fourth of the seven children of John (or Waterman) Bent, a shipbuilder and carpenter, of Nova Scotian origin, and his wife, Eliza Bagley (or Reynolds). Kimble Bent once claimed that his mother was...
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1901–1978Magician, juggler, entertainer
Edgar Wilson Beynon – known professionally as Edgar Benyon – was born on 29 March 1901 in Auckland, the son of William Melville Beynon, a printer, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Wilson, a dressmaker. By 1903 the family had moved to Christchurch, where William carried on his trade with Weeks...
Story: Benyon, Edgar Wilson
1890–1973Senior public servant, diplomat
Carl August Berendsen was born at Woollahra, New South Wales, on 16 August 1890, the only child of Jurgen Ferdinand Plenge Berendsen, a Swedish immigrant then working as a bank clerk, and his Australian wife, Fannie Asher, the daughter of a Jewish businessman who had been a storekeeper and...
Story: Berendsen, Carl August
1868–1934Stonemason, sculptor, commercial traveller
Carlo Giuseppe Bergamini was born at Carrara, Italy, on 19 January 1868, the son of Oreste Bergamini and his wife, Marie de Raimondo Castelpoggi. Carrara was the centre of the Italian marble industry and the family were stonemasons and sculptors. As a young man Carlo arrived in Australia and...
Story: Bergamini, Carlo Giuseppe
1906–1979Commercial artist, stamp, coin and medal designer, landscape painter
Reginald George James Berry (known as James) was born on 20 June 1906 in London, England, the second child of James Willie Berry, a clerk, and his wife, Amy Blanche Clarissa Wakefield. After the death of his father in 1911, James was sent to board at Russell Hill School from 1913 until 1922. He...
Story: Berry, Reginald George James