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1850–1897Biologist, university professor, museum curator
Thomas Jeffery Parker (who was known as Jeffery) was born in London, England, on 17 October 1850, the eldest son of Elizabeth Jeffery and her husband, William Kitchen Parker, a medical practitioner and noted zoologist and naturalist. He was educated at Clarendon House School in London and at...
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1914–1986Ngati Porou; adult educationalist, broadcaster, university lecturer, community leader
William (Wiremu) Leonard Parker was born at Makarika station near Waipiro Bay, on the East Coast, on 4 February 1914, the son of Ngati Porou parents William Leonard Parker, a farmer, and his wife, Te Oharepe Ruta (Ruth) Collier. Bill was educated at Hiruharama Native School and attended Te...
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Alice May Parkinson's conviction and imprisonment for manslaughter became a cause célèbre in New Zealand in the years before 1920. Born on 29 December 1889 at Hampden (Tikokino) in Hawke's Bay, she was one of at least 12 children of Isabella Rosina Beazley and her husband, George Parkinson, a...
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Graham Beresford Parkinson, known as Ike, was born in Mount Cook, Wellington, on 5 November 1896. He was the son of Henry Ainslie Parkinson, a schoolteacher, and his wife, Ethel Constance Young. Ike attended Greytown School and Newtown District High School and completed his education with two...
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1810–1890Carpenter, farmer, labour reformer
Samuel Duncan Parnell, a carpenter and joiner by trade, initiated the eight hour working day in Wellington. He is said to have been born in London, England, on 19 February 1810, the son of Joan Duncan and her husband, James Parnell, gentleman. Parnell's interest in a shorter working day dated...
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?–1887Nga Puhi and Te Roroa leader
Parore Te Awha, of the hapu Te Kuihi, was born at Mangakahia, probably sometime in the 1790s. Through his father, Toretumua Te Awha, he was descended from the high chief Toa of Te Roroa, kin of Ngati Whatua, whose grandson Taramainuku adopted the hapu name Te Kuihi, and from the renowned Nga...
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1888–1953Nga Puhi and Te Roroa leader, interpreter, land court agent
Louis Wellington Parore was born at Te Houhanga marae, Dargaville, on 26 December 1888. According to tradition, he was the first of his people born in a European-style house and was known to his family as Te Ruma (the room), although he was more generally known as Lou Parore. His father,...
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1869–1941Lawyer, mayor, politician, diplomat
Christopher James Parr was born on 18 May 1869 at Pukerimu, near Cambridge, New Zealand, the son of Reuben Parr, a farmer, and his wife, Maria Greaves. Although the family shifted to Waihou, near Te Aroha, when James was nine, his upbringing continued to centre on a very tough farm life. For...
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1816?–1904School administrator, politician, public servant, interpreter, soldier, judge
Robert Reid Parris, son of William and Agnes Parris, was baptised on 16 May 1816 at Chard, Somerset, England. His forebears, of French protestant origin, had settled in Dorset in the sixteenth century; his father was a farmer. Robert married Mary Whitmore at Colyton, Somerset, on 18 October...
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Evan Parry was born on 30 November 1865 at Llanddeiniolen, Carnarvonshire, Wales, the son of William Parry, a slate quarry agent, and his wife, Eliza Williams. Evan was educated in Bangor and worked for a firm of marine engineers before moving to Glasgow University in 1890 to take a BSc degree...
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1878–1952Miner, trade unionist, politician
William (Bill) Edward Parry was born at Orange, New South Wales, in 1878. He was one of 13 children of John Parry, a goldminer and prospector, and his wife, Emily Wright. The hardships faced by his family were to be a formative influence on him. Parry left school at the age of 12 and worked in...
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Elizabeth Widdop was born at London, England, on 10 February 1846, the third of four children and the elder daughter of William Widdop, a coachman, of Wakefield, Yorkshire, and his wife, Hannah Byatt, of Cheadle, Staffordshire. On 25 June 1855 the Widdop family left Gravesend for New Zealand...
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Roy Parsons sold books in Wellington for nearly 50 years, changing the intellectual climate of the city and opening the minds of several generations of New Zealanders to the world of books and ideas. The son of a schoolmaster, George Henry Parsons, and his wife, Beatrice Sparrow, Roy George...
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Arnold Paul Pascoe (registered at birth as Edward Arnold, but always known as Paul) was born at Christchurch on 26 September 1908. He was the younger of twin sons of Guy Dobrée Pascoe, a solicitor, and his wife, Effie Denham. Following schooling at Sumner and Christ’s College, Paul commenced...
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1908–1972Mountaineer, photographer, writer, editor, historian, archivist
John Dobrée Pascoe was born at Christchurch on 26 September 1908, the elder of twin sons of Effie Denham and her husband, Guy Dobrée Pascoe, a prominent solicitor. After primary education at Sumner School, John attended Christ’s College (1921–27). Always slightly uncomfortable in conformist...
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1880–1937School doctor, child health administrator, community worker
Ada Gertrude Paterson was born at Caversham, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 6 June 1880. She was the daughter of Margaret Smith Ayton and her husband, James Paterson, for many years librarian at the Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics' Institute. Ada completed her secondary education as dux in 1898 of...
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1902–1968Cartoonist, illustrator, museum and art gallery curator
Alan Stuart Paterson was born in Hawera on 24 January 1902, the son of Ada Fannie Butler and her husband, Alexander Paterson, a draper, who was later an art dealer. He was a nephew of George Butler, New Zealand’s official war artist in the First World War. By 1907 the family had moved to...
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1863/1864?–1921Ngati Koata and Ngati Kuia leader, religious founder
Haimona (Simon) Patete (also known as Haimona Turi) was born on Rangitoto (D'Urville Island), in the Marlborough Sounds, probably in 1863 or 1864. Te Putu, his grandfather, and Turi Te Patete, his father, were among the Ngati Koata leaders who accompanied their Ngati Toa relatives on the...
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1859–1937Blacksmith, farmer, landowner
James John Patterson was born in New Plymouth on 17 October 1859. His father, George Patterson, an engineer, had emigrated to New Zealand with his wife, Elizabeth, in the Katherine Stewart Forbes in 1852 and established a steam sawmill in the Grey district, outside New Plymouth. After...
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1827–1871Missionary, teacher, linguist, bishop
John Coleridge Patteson is said to have been born at Bloomsbury, London, England, on 1 April 1827, the eldest son of John Patteson, barrister, and his second wife, Frances Duke Coleridge, a niece of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In 1830 his father became a judge of the court of King's...
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