Enid was born in 1888 and Violet in 1890 to distinguished parents Sir Francis Henry Dillon Bell, eventually to become the first New Zealand born
Laurie Mantell was a local crime writer with an international reputation. She was born Lorraine Hosking at Pahiatua in 1916. After marrying, Mantell moved to
Mrs Kitty Mildenhall (1898 – 1986) was a great example of a woman working in previously male-dominated roles in the council and community positions. She
Ripeka Wharawhara Love (1882 – 1953), leading Te Ati Awa rangatira and a descendant of both Chiefs Te Puni and Te Wharepouri, made a big
Marie’s connection with Lower Hutt is that she purchased Mrs. Hulme’s Private Hospital, a private maternity hospital in a large house at 15 Knights Road
Before she was a famous author Margaret Mahy was a librarian. Her first professional post in 1958 was at the Petone Library where she was the assistant librarian.