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Buck, Peter, Sir (Te Rangi Hiroa)

Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1951 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Administrator, Anthropologist


1877 - Born in Urenui, New Zealand on October.

1892 - He moved with his father to the Wairarapa.

1896 - He started attending Te Aute College, a school that produced many Mori leaders of the time.

1899 - He was named dux and passed a medical examination, entitling him to attend the University of Otago Medical School.

1900-1903 - He also excelled in sport, becoming national long jump champion.

1904 - He completed his MB and ChB and an MD six years later.

1905, he married Irish-born Margaret Wilson.

         - In November, Buck was appointed as a medical officer to the Mori, working under Maui Pomare.

1909 - Hone Heke Ngapua, Member of Parliament for Northern Mori died suddenly.

         - Buck was singled out by Native Minister James Carroll to be his replacement.

1915 - Buck joined this contingent as medical officer, travelling to the Middle East.

1918 - He later saw action in France and Belgium, before being posted to the No 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford, England.

1921 - He was appointed as Chief Maori Medical Officer, and was named director of the Maori Hygiene Division in the Department of Health.

1951 - Died on the 1st of December.


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