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1829–1893Catholic nun, teacher, religious founder
Adèle Euphrasie Barbier was born at Caen, Normandy, France, on 4 January 1829, the child of Louis-Désiré Barbier, a shoemaker, and his wife, Jeanne Adèle Le Cler. She worked for a time as a laundress before entering religious life.
In 1848 she joined a small, recently founded religious...
Story: Barbier, Adèle Euphrasie
Alfred Charles Barker was born in Hackney, London, England, on 5 January 1819, the fifth child and fourth son of Joseph Gibbs Barker and his wife, Sarah Pritchett Bousfield. Barker was descended from a fifteenth century gentry family, the Barkers of Aston, Claverley, in Staffordshire, and...
Story: Barker, Alfred Charles
1898–1994Newspaper journalist and editor, local politician
Harry Heaton Barker, one of eight children of John Heaton Barker, an accountant, and his wife, Martha Annie Johns, was born in Nelson on 18 July 1898. The family had moved to Wellington by 1902 and then to Auckland by 1912. John Barker eventually founded the Four Square grocery organisation....
Story: Barker, Harry Heaton
Mary Anne Stewart was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, on 29 May 1831, the eldest daughter of Walter George Stewart, Jamaica's last island secretary, and his wife, Susan Hewitt. Mary Anne Stewart seemed destined for a life of travel, being sent back to England (where she received her education)...
Story: Barker, Mary Anne
1887–1970Tram conductor, trade unionist, socialist
Tom Barker was born on 3 June 1887 at Crosthwaite, Westmorland, England, the eldest child of Thomas Grainger Barker, a farm labourer, and his wife, Sarah Trotter. As a boy he worked on farms, attending school part time, but left home after his mother died in 1897. Tom did farm work for several...
Story: Barker, Tom
1886–1958Lawyer, politician, parliamentary Speaker
William Edward Barnard was born in Carterton, Wairarapa, on 29 January 1886, the son of Ellen Banks and her husband, Charles Leonard Barnard, a watchmaker. He attended Levin School and at 13 began work as an office boy for a local lawyer. He later studied law at Wellington’s Victoria College...
Story: Barnard, William Edward
1902–1991Law clerk, political activist
Freda Ellen Jacobs, who was always known as ‘Fuzz’ because of her exceedingly curly hair, was born on 12 August 1902 in Lyttelton, the eldest of six children of English-born parents Jane Ellen Ransley and her husband, Frederick Charles Jacobs, a qualified electrical engineer. She spent most of...
Story: Barnes, Freda Ellen
1908–1995Clerk, athlete, military aviator, prisoner of war, politician, sharebroker, sports administrator, community leader
James George Barnes was born in Dunedin on 24 September 1908, the younger of twins. In a long lifetime in the city, he began as a telegraph delivery boy and finished as an MP and mayor, knighted for his community service and honoured for his wartime bravery. His father, Richard Rodwell Barnes...
Story: Barnes, James George
1827?–1918Blacksmith, labour reformer
William Henry Barnes was baptised on 8 April 1827 at Manchester, Lancashire, England. He was the son of Jane Bonsell and her husband, George Barnes, a labourer. William, also known as Bill or Billy, had some education; his few surviving letters are well written. He may have served an...
Story: Barnes, William Henry
1867–1938Organist, choirmaster, pianist, composer, conductor
John Maughan Barnett, born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England, on 21 March 1867, was the son of Maria Gibbs and her husband, John Barnett, a lawyer's clerk. He was educated at a private school and learned the organ from the local parish church organist. He studied piano and composition at the...
Story: Barnett, John Maughan
1865–1946Surgeon, university professor
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 24 March 1865, Louis Edward Barnett was the fourth of seven children of Alfred Abram Barnett, an auctioneer of Jewish extraction, and his wife, Julia Joshua. He attended Thorndon School, and from 1879 Wellington College where he was a member of the cricket XI...
Story: Barnett, Louis Edward
Miles Aylmer Fulton Barnett was born in Dunedin on 30 April 1901, the son of Louis Edward Barnett, a surgeon, and his wife, Mabel Violet Fulton. After attending Christ’s College, Christchurch, he went on to the University of Otago, where he gained the Beverly Scholarship in physics and higher...
Story: Barnett, Miles Aylmer Fulton
1872–1922Secretary, interpreter, mountaineer, journalist
Constance Alice Barnicoat was born on 27 November 1872 in Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand. She was the last of seven children of Rebecca Lee Hodgson and her husband, early farming settler John Wallis Barnicoat, a member of the Nelson Provincial Council and of the Legislative Council. As the...
Story: Barnicoat, Constance Alice
John Barr was born on 24 October 1809 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the son of a manufacturer, James Barr, and his wife, Rebecca Barr. He was educated at a parish school before entering the engineering trade, eventually establishing the firm Barr and McNab, which took on large...
Story: Barr, John
John Barr was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 28 July 1887, the son of John Barr, a tinsmith, and his wife, Rebecca Witherington. He was educated at St David's School, and from about the age of 13 was an assistant in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, where he gained certificates in librarianship...
Story: Barr, John
Peter Barr, son of Dunedin's first chief postmaster, Archibald Barr, and his second wife, Sarah Hepburn, was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 9 July 1861. He was educated at Middle District School and then at the High School of Otago from 1875 to 1877. Barr left school at the age of 16 and...
Story: Barr, Peter
1924–2006Doctor, cardiac surgeonEarly life and training
Brian Gerald Boyes was born in Wellington on 13 January 1924, the second of three children of Edna Myrtle Barratt and her husband, Gerald Cave Boyes. Gerald Boyes was an accountant at the Avery Motor Company. He later contracted tuberculosis, and died in 1944.
Story: Barratt-Boyes, Brian Gerald
Charles Decimus Barraud was born in Camberwell, London, England, on 9 May 1822, the 10th child (of 12) of William Francis Barraud and his wife, Sophia Hull. Barraud wanted to become a doctor, but his father, a clerk in the Custom House, London, died when Charles was only 11 years old and his...
Story: Barraud, Charles Decimus
Sarah Maria Style was baptised on 10 August 1823 at Wraysbury, near Windsor, England. She was the daughter of Robert Style, a farmer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Haines. Sarah Style married Charles Decimus Barraud, pharmacist and artist, on 17 March 1849 at St Lawrence's Church, Southampton...
Story: Barraud, Sarah Maria
1879–1965Teacher, community leader
Nina Agatha Rosamond Greensill was born in Picton on 9 August 1879, the youngest of seven surviving children of Selina Rebecca Downes and her husband, John Abraham Roberts Greensill. Her mother died in 1883 and Nina was brought up by her father, assisted by a housekeeper and a maid. His second...
Story: Barrer, Nina Agatha Rosamond