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Allen, Sir James (1855–1942), politician in New Zealand  

Richard S. Hill

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)  

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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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Atkinson, Sir Harry Albert (1831–1892), farmer and premier of New Zealand  

Judith Bassett

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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Bell, Sir Francis Henry Dillon (1851–1936), lawyer and prime minister of New Zealand  

Richard S. Hill

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  

Michael Bassett

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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Coates, (Joseph) Gordon (1878–1943)  

Maker: Lindsay Mitchell

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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  

Jeanine Graham

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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Domett, Alfred (1811–1887)  

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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

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Forbes, George William (1869–1947), prime minister of New Zealand  

W. J. Gardner

Forbes, George William (1869–1947), prime minister of New Zealand, was born at Norwich Quay, Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 12 March 1869, the third son of Robert Forbes, a sailmaker and ship's chandler, and his wife, Annie Adamson. He attended the Lyttelton borough school...

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Fox, Sir William (1812–1893), premier of New Zealand  

W. P. Reeves

revised by Raewyn Dalziel

Fox, Sir William (1812–1893), premier of New Zealand, born at Westoe, co. Durham, in June 1812, was the third of the five surviving sons of George Townshend Fox, deputy lieutenant of co. Durham, and his wife, Ann Stote, née Crofton. He was admitted commoner of ...

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Grey, Sir George (1812–1898), colonial governor and premier of New Zealand  

James Belich

Grey, Sir George (1812–1898), colonial governor and premier of New Zealand, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, on 14 April 1812 into a genteel English family, a cadet branch of the family of the earls of Stamford. His mother, Elizabeth Anne Grey, née Vignoles...

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Grey, Sir George (1812–1898)  

Maker: George Richmond

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Sir George Grey (1812–1898) by George Richmond, 1854 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of Sir George Grey, 1887

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Hall, Sir John (1824–1907), premier of New Zealand  

A. B. White

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Hall, Sir John (1824–1907), premier of New Zealand, born at Hull, probably on 18 December 1824, was the third son of George Hall, a shipowner, of Hull and of Elloughton, Yorkshire, and his wife, Grace Williamson. After attending a dissenting academy, at the age of ten he went abroad to finish his education in ...

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Ngata, Sir Apirana Turupa Nohopari (1874–1950), Maori leader and politician in New Zealand  

M. P. K. Sorrenson

Ngata, Sir Apirana Turupa Nohopari (1874–1950), Maori leader and politician in New Zealand, was born on 3 July 1874 at Te Araroa on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand, the first child of Paratene Ngata (1849–1924) and his wife, Katerina Naki...

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Richardson, Sir John Larkins Cheese (1810–1878), army officer and politician in New Zealand  

C. A. Harris

revised by Jane Tucker

Richardson, Sir John Larkins Cheese (1810–1878), army officer and politician in New Zealand, the son of Robert Richardson of the Bengal civil service and his wife, Mary Anne, née Romney, was born in Bengal on 4 August 1810. He was sent to England...

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Rolleston, William (1831–1903), farmer and politician in New Zealand  

Tom Brooking

Rolleston, William (1831–1903), farmer and politician in New Zealand, was born at Maltby Hall, Yorkshire, on 19 September 1831, the third son and ninth child of George Rolleston (1791–1868), a Church of England clergyman and squire, and Anne Nettleship (d. 1851), the daughter of a well-known family of ...

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Seddon, Richard John (1845–1906), prime minister of New Zealand  

David Hamer

Seddon, Richard John (1845–1906), prime minister of New Zealand, was born at School Brow, Eccleston, St Helens, Lancashire, on 22 June 1845. His father was Thomas Seddon, the son of a farmer at Bickerstaffe, near St Helens, and headmaster of Eccleston Hill grammar school...

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Seddon, Richard John (1845–1906)  

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Richard John Seddon (1845–1906) by unknown photographer Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa / Seddon Family Collection (F-47794-1/2)

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Sewell, Henry (1807–1879), lawyer and premier of New Zealand  

W. David McIntyre

Sewell, Henry (1807–1879), lawyer and premier of New Zealand, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, on 7 September 1807, the fourth son of Thomas Sewell (1775–1842), a leading solicitor of Newport, and his wife, Jane (1773/4–1848), the youngest daughter of John Edwards...

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Stafford, Sir Edward William (1819–1901), premier of New Zealand  

James Belich

Stafford, Sir Edward William (1819–1901), premier of New Zealand, born on 23 April 1819 at Edinburgh, was the eldest son of Berkeley Buckingham Stafford (b. 1797) of Maine, co. Louth, Ireland, and his wife, Anne Tytler. The Stafford family were Anglo-Irish gentry, but had broad intellectual interests and strong Scottish connections. ...