Category: Famous People

Euphemia Culbert Baxter O.B.E.

Euphemia Cunningham, known as Effie, was born in Edinburgh in 1892 and was working in a printing factory when war began. Two of her brothers were regular soldiers and were sent straight to France and another two brothers enlisted in early 1915. By October 1915 three of Effie’s brothers had been killed. Distraught by these […]

Sir Francis Dillon Bell

It’s Movember and we’re celebrating with some of the famous mustaches resident at Karori Cemetery. Sir Francis Dillon Bell (1822-1898) not only sports some fine facial accoutrements but was also the father of our first New Zealand-born Prime Minister: Francis Henry Dillon Bell (1851-1936). Both are buried at Karori. The Bell family plot has recently […]

Early Artist in New Zealand History

James McLauchlan Nairn (18 November 1859–22 February 1904) was a Glasgow born painter who  strongly influenced New Zealand painting in the late 19th century.  Nairn studied at the Glasgow School of Art for four years from 1879 before enrolling as a student at the Academie Julian in Paris. During the 1880s Nairn exhibited work at the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts […]