Martin, Hannah (1830–1903)

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Martin, Hannah (1830–1903)

New Zealand writer. Name variations: Hannah White. Born Hannah White, May 18, 1830, in Durham, England; died Dec 5, 1903, in Auckland, New Zealand; dau. of Francis White (timber merchant) and Jane (Angus) White; m. Édouard Philippe Martin (missionary), 1856 (died 1910); children: 5.

Immigrated with family to New Zealand (1835); lived privileged life in close contact with Maori; spent 7 years on Viwa in Figi Islands where husband ran Wesleyan Missionary Press before returning to Auckland (c. 1863); memoirs, Grandma Martin's Story, reveal positive aspects of childhood in colonial missionary enclave.

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1).

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