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Allen, Sir James (1855–1942), politician in New Zealand, was born on 10 February 1855 in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of James Allen and his wife, Esther, née Bax. His mother died when he was very young and his father, a New Zealand...

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Atkinson, Sir Harry Albert (1831–1892), farmer and premier of New Zealand, was born on 1 November 1831 at Broxton, Cheshire, the fourth son and the seventh of the thirteen children of John Atkinson (1798–1856), an architect and stonemason, and his wife, Elizabeth Smith (...

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Sir Harry Albert Atkinson (1831–1892) by unknown photographer, c. 1880 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (F-23108-1/2)

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Ballance, John (1839–1893), newspaper proprietor and premier of New Zealand, was born on 27 March 1839 at Ballypitmave, near Glenavy, co. Antrim, Ireland, the eldest of the eleven children of Samuel Ballance (1800–1879), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary McNiece, the daughter of ...

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John Ballance (1839–1893) by Alfred Martin, 1875–89 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa / Tesla Studios Collection (G-70344-1/2)

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Bell, Sir Francis Henry Dillon (1851–1936), lawyer and prime minister of New Zealand, was born in Nelson, New Zealand, on 31 March 1851, the eldest of the six sons (he had one sister) of Sir Francis Dillon Bell (1821/2–1898) and his wife, Margaret (...

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Coates, (Joseph) Gordon (1878–1943), prime minister of New Zealand, was born on 3 February 1878 at Ruatuna, just outside Matakohe in Northland, New Zealand, the son of an English father, Edward Coates (1843–1905), and his northern Irish wife, Eleanor Kathleen Aickin (1851–1935). His family gave qualified support to the ...

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(Joseph) Gordon Coates (1878–1943) by Lindsay Mitchell, c. 1935 [detail] © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Domett, Alfred (1811–1887), writer and premier of New Zealand, was born on 20 May 1811 at Camberwell Grove, Camberwell, Surrey, the sixth of the nine children of Nathaniel Domett, a shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth Curling. He was educated at Stockwell Park House...

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Alfred Domett (1811–1887) by unknown photographer, after 1870 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa