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Ballance, John (1839–1893), newspaper proprietor and premier of New Zealand  

Tim McIvor

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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Layton, Walter Thomas, first Baron Layton (1884–1966), economist and newspaper proprietor  

Richard S. Grayson

Layton, Walter Thomas, first Baron Layton (1884–1966), economist and newspaper proprietor, was born in Chelsea, London, on 15 March 1884, the second son and third of the four children of Alfred John Layton (1849–1934), of The Chalet, Fulham Park Road, London, and his wife, ...

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Syme, David (1827–1908), newspaper proprietor in Australia  

Geoffrey Serle

Syme, David (1827–1908), newspaper proprietor in Australia, was born on 2 October 1827 at North Berwick, Scotland, the youngest of the five sons of George Alexander Syme (1791–1845), a parish schoolmaster, and his wife, Jean, or Jane, née Mitchell, both from Forfarshire. Shy, awkward, but strong-willed, ...

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Watts, Charles Albert (1858–1946), freethought editor and publisher  

Nicolas Walter

Watts, Charles Albert (1858–1946), freethought editor and publisher, was born at 72 Hill Street, Walworth, London, on 27 May 1858, the eldest son of Charles Watts (1836–1906), secularist and journalist, and his first wife, Mary Ann Tomkins (1836–1870). He was educated at national schools and night school, and at the age of twelve followed his father into the freethought movement. In 1870 he was apprenticed to ...