Massey, Christina Allan (1863–1932)

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Massey, Christina Allan (1863–1932)

New Zealand political host. Name variations: Christina Allan Paul. Born Jan 11, 1863, in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia; died April 19, 1932, in Wellington, New Zealand; dau. of Walter Paul (miner) and Christina (Allan) Paul; m. William Ferguson Massey (farmer and politician), 1882 (died 1925); children: 7.

Served as political host after husband was elected to Parliament (1894), then prime minister (1912); active in fund-raising and social services during WWI; was the 1st woman in New Zealand to be appointed Dame Grand Commander of British Empire (1926). Named Commander of British Empire (1923) and Dame Grand Commander of British Empire (1926).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 3).

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