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1845–1930Lawyer, company director, writer, conservationist
Alexander Bathgate was born on 4 August 1845 in Peebles, Peeblesshire, Scotland, the son of Anne Cairns Anderson and her husband, John Bathgate. His father, the local procurator fiscal, had had experience in banking, and had founded a newspaper, the Peeblesshire Monthly Advertiser. Alexander's...
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1809–1886Lawyer, businessman, politician, judge
John Bathgate was born on 10 August 1809 at Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Frances Hamilton Macdowall and her husband, Alexander Bathgate. His father had been a skinner, but rose to become a teacher in the day school at Peebles. Because John's mother had died when he was five, he was raised by...
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1849–1917Seaman, farm worker, storekeeper, sheepfarmer
Robert Thompson Batley, the son of Jane Thompson and George Batley, a mariner, was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, on 15 November 1849. He was educated in Portsmouth, and at about the age of 13 joined the crew of the Royal Bride, which sailed from London to Auckland, New Zealand,...
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One of the great international aviators of the 1930s, Jean Gardner Batten was born on 15 September 1909 in Rotorua, the only daughter of a dentist, Frederick Harold Batten, and his wife, Ellen (Nellie) Blackmore. She was christened Jane after her grandmother, but soon became known as Jean. She...
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1848–1931Linguist, ethnologist, journalist, interpreter
Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Baucke, known as William, was born on Chatham Island on 7 July 1848. He was the second of nine children of Johann Heinrich Christoph Baucke and his wife, Maria Müller. Baucke's father was one of a group of German Lutheran missionaries who had come to New Zealand in 1843...
1870–1958Poet, writer, penal reformer
Blanche Edith Baughan was born on 16 January 1870 at Putney, Surrey, England. She was the youngest of six children of Ruth Catterns and her husband, John Baughan, a scrivener. Her father died when she was 10 years old.
Baughan was one of the first women to attend Royal Holloway College...
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Friedrich Baume, later called Frederick Ehrenfried Baume, was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, on 13 June 1862, the son of Joseph Baume, a photographer, and his wife, Emilie Ehrenfried. He was educated at Thames and at the High School of Otago (later Otago Boys' High School) in Dunedin.
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1871–1934Teacher, feminist, community leader
Rosetta Lulah Leavy was born in July 1871 at San Francisco, USA, the daughter of Francesca Simon and her husband, Charles Maurice Leavy, a civil service commissioner for the state of California. Rosetta received a bachelor of philosophy from the University of California in 1891 and then...
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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. Both the Baxters and the McColls were Scottish pioneers; Archibald's maternal grandfather had arrived in Otago in...
1926–1972Poet, postman, teacher, dramatist, writer, social critic
James Keir Baxter was born on 29 June 1926 at Nurse Ross’s maternity home, Dunedin, the second son of Archibald McColl Learmond Baxter, an Otago farmer, and his wife, Millicent Amiel Macmillan Brown. His brother, Terence, had been born in 1922. Neither Archie nor Millicent had religious...
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1893–1975Printer, trade unionist
Kenneth McLean Baxter was born at Naseby, Otago, on 30 July 1893, the eldest child and only son of Theresa Reed and her husband, Robinson Wyllie Baxter, an Australian-born goldminer. His parents were strict Presbyterians but Ken was to become a lifelong atheist. He attended Naseby District High...
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Millicent Amiel Macmillan Brown was the elder daughter of Helen Connon, an early woman graduate of Canterbury College, and her husband, John Macmillan Brown, one of its founding professors. She was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 8 January 1888, conveniently during the summer vacation as...
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1906–1934Farmer, convicted murderer
William Alfred Bayly, the son of Constance Ivy Walker and her husband, Frank Bayly, a farmer, was born in Auckland on 15 July 1906. The family subsequently lived on farms in Waikato and to the south and east of Auckland. In June 1925 Bill Bayly moved to Pāpāmoa, a few miles from Te Puke, to work...
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1906–1965Psychologist, ethnologist, university professor
Ernest Beaglehole was born in Wellington on 25 August 1906 to David Ernest Beaglehole and his wife, Jane Butler. His father was an accountant for a pharmaceutical firm. A sickly baby, he was delivered at the family home by Dr Agnes Bennett. Ernest attended Mount Cook School and Wellington...
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1901–1971Historian, lecturer, writer, typographer, critic, university professor
John Cawte Beaglehole was born in his parents’ house in Hopper Street, Wellington, on 13 June 1901, the second of four sons of Jane Butler and her husband, David Ernest Beaglehole. David was a serious-minded young man who found in literature the key to that ideal of self-improvement so central...
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1830–1910Doctor, registrar, mayor
Bernard Charles Beale was born in London, England, probably on 10 September 1830, the son of Thomas Beale, a surgeon, and his wife, Sophia Lewis. Following his father's profession, he trained at London Hospital between 1849 and 1852 while working as dispenser of medicine and assistant surgeon at...
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1881–1972Bookkeeper, journalist, historian, ethnologist, bookseller
James Herries Beattie (known as Herries) was the son of Scots immigrants James Beattie and Mary Roden (Rodden) Thomson, who arrived in Otago in 1862 and were married in 1874. After some years of farming, James Beattie opened a drapery business in Gore, where he became a well-known figure and was...
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May Beatty was one of several New Zealand performers who rose to prominence with the famed Pollard Opera Company during the 1890s. She was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 4 June 1880, the daughter of Emma Furby and her husband, George Beatty, a hotel-keeper and theatre manager.
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1858–1938Businessman, banker, philanthropist
Harold Beauchamp was born at Ararat, Victoria, Australia, on 15 November 1858, the son of Arthur Beauchamp, an auctioneer, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Stanley. At the age of two Harold sailed to New Zealand with his parents on the brig Lalla Rookh, arriving at Nelson on 23 February 1861. The...
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1883–1962Public servant, child welfare reformer
John Beck was born on 22 January 1883 at Kirkcudbright, Scotland, the son of Thomas Fazakerly Beck, a railway guard, and his wife, Margaret Darsie Smith. The family emigrated to New Zealand in 1886 and settled in Otago where Thomas Beck worked for the railway service.
After leaving school...
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