SIGN UP FOR PEOPLE BLOG UPDATES
SIGN UP FOR ENEWS

People

Thomas Henry (Tom) Ah Chee (1928-2000) opened the first supermarket in New Zealand or Australia in 1958. The Otahuhu Foodtown supermarket was beside the Great South Road to the south of Otahuhu but was in fact situated in Otara. He was born in Remuera, Auckland, but travelled with his parents to Canton, China, in 1931, returning to Auckland as an 11-year-old. Click Here to Read More
The Reverend John Robert Burgin was assigned to the NZ Chaplains Dept of the N Z Rifle Brigade in 1916. He was at the Battle of the Somme but had to return to New Zealand due to ill health. He became Vicar of St Peter's Church in Onehunga in 1919 but died in 1920 from the effects of being gassed at the Somme. Click Here to Read More
Chhota Jivanji was born in India in 1896 and came to New Zealand in 1916. He was a founder of New Zealand’s first Indian Association in 1918. When the New Zealand Government passed the 1920 Immigration Restriction Amendment Act which prohibited the entry of Indians and other non-white British subjects to New Zealand, Chhota wrote to Prime Minister William Massey protesting the stranding of Gujarati immigrants in Fiji on their way to New Zealand, pointing out that Indians were part of the British Empire. The Government eventually allowed those who had left India before 21 November 1920 to enter New Zealand. Click Here to Read More
Charlotte Dinneen of Remuera sailed to England in 1915 with her brother Flight Lieutenant James Dinneen and recruited over 1,000 women to work in YMCA canteens in England and France during WW1. Click Here to Read More
Amelia and Charles Haszard who were second cousins married and had 5 children. When Mt Tarawera erupted on 10 June 1886, Charles and 3 of his children died when their house was buried at Te Wairoa. Amelia and 2 daughters escaped the six hour eruption.Amelia died in 1925, aged 82, and was buried at Purewa Cemetery. Click Here to Read More
Sister Elsie Cooke of Victoria Avenue, Remuera was one of the "Chosen Twelve" nurses who were sent from New Zealand to assist the Australian Imperial Force in Egypt and France. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) in 1919 for valuable services with the British Forces in Egypt. Click Here to Read More
Colin Addison Dickeson was born in Kaikohe but lived in Remuera after his father died, where he was a member of College Rifles, Remuera. He left New Zealand on 1st May 1916 and on 10 November 1916, he was transferred to the New Zealand Cyclist Corps. He survived both the Battles of Messines & Passchendaele before being killed in action on 26 April 1918 aged 30. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Click Here to Read More
Alan (Allan) Douglas Gibb Dawson was born in Australia and came to New Zealand aged 8. He attended Auckland Grammar School and College Rifles, Remuera, while passing his solicitors' exams. He was killed at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915 while serving with the Australian Imperial Force, aged 22. Click Here to Read More
Benjamin Francis Dive was the son of William Evans Dive and Annie Dive, 23 Arney Road, Remuera. Benjamin enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces on 16 June 1916 at age 32. Benjamin was admitted to No 11 Stationary Military Hospital, Rouen, on 18 October 1918 suffering from broncho-pneumonia where sadly he fell victim to influenza and died on 25 October 1918 of the disease, aged 32. Click Here to Read More
Geoffrey de Bohun Devereux of 72 Market Road saw action at Gallipoli, the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele. He rose to become Major, winning two Military Crosses for acts of gallantry. He was killed at Le Cateau on 1 October 1918. Click Here to Read More