Jane Tolerton(born 24 April 1957) is a New Zealand biographer, journalist and historian.
Tolerton was born in Auckland and attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, completing a Bachelor of Arts in history and American studies and a Diploma in Journalism.After graduating, she worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine feature writer, winning the Dulux News Award and the Cowan Prize for historical journalism.
In 1987, Tolerton worked with Nicholas Boyack to set up the World War I Oral History Archive while at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and interviewed 85 war veterans about their experiences. The average age of the veterans was 90 and many had served in Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Palestine. She told their stories in later books, including An Awfully Big Adventure, which was named on the New Zealand Listener ’s list of 100 best books of 2013.In 1993, her biography of Ettie Rout won the New Zealand Book Award for non-fiction and the PEN best first book prize. In 1996 she was writer in residence at Victoria University of Wellington.
In 2008 and 2009, Tolerton wrote for Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand .In 2014, Tolerton received a grant of $12,000 from The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund to research the role that New Zealand women played overseas in World War I; her book Make Her Praises Heard Afar was published in 2017.
In the 2016 New Year Honours, Tolerton was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to historical research.
New Zealand literature is literature, both oral and written, produced by the people of New Zealand. It often deals with New Zealand themes, people or places, is written predominantly in New Zealand English, and features Māori culture and the use of the Māori language. Before the arrival and settlement of Europeans in New Zealand in the 19th century, Māori culture had a strong oral tradition. Early European settlers wrote about their experiences travelling and exploring New Zealand. The concept of a "New Zealand literature", as distinct from English literature, did not originate until the 20th century, when authors began exploring themes of landscape, isolation, and the emerging New Zealand national identity. Māori writers became more prominent in the latter half of the 20th century, and Māori language and culture have become an increasingly important part of New Zealand literature.
Ettie Annie Rout was a Tasmanian-born New Zealander whose work among servicemen in Paris and the Somme during World War I made her a war hero among the French, yet through the same events she became persona non grata in New Zealand. She married Frederick Hornibrook on 3 May 1920, after which she was Ettie Hornibrook. They had no children and later separated. She died in 1936, and was buried in the Cook Islands.
The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB) is an encyclopedia or biographical dictionary containing biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders. It was first published as a series of print volumes from 1990 to 2000, went online in 2002, and is now a part of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. The dictionary superseded An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand of 1966, which had 900 biographies. The dictionary is managed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage of the New Zealand Government. An earlier work of the same name in two volumes, published in 1940 by Guy Scholefield with government assistance, is unrelated.
Thomas Fergus was a 19th-century New Zealand politician.
Sir Clutha Nantes Mackenzie was a New Zealand politician and worker for the blind. He was briefly a Reform Party Member of Parliament.
Elise Margaret Kemp was a New Zealand-born nurse who served in the Territorial Forces Nursing Service. She was the only New Zealand-born nurse killed in action on the Western Front during World War I.
John Oliver Crompton Phillips is a New Zealand historian, author and encyclopedist. He was the general editor of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, the official encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Ada Gertrude Paterson was a New Zealand school doctor, child health administrator and community worker.
Edna Pengelly was a New Zealand teacher, civilian and military nurse, matron. She was born in Canada in 1874 and came to New Zealand as a child. She attended primary schools in Waddington and Annat. She then attended Christchurch West School before boarding at Christchurch Girls' High School.
Rosemary Frances Rees was a New Zealand actress, playwright, theatre producer and novelist. She worked in New Zealand, Australia and England. After her career in theatre she became a romantic novelist.
Mary Anne Reidy (1880–1977) was a New Zealand civilian and military nurse, community leader. She was born in County Clare, Ireland in 1880. Reidy served as a nurse for the New Zealand military from January 1916 to December 1918. The next 26 years of her life were spent attempting to preserve the hospital at Kawhia and ensuring the welfare of returned soldiers. She became a widely respected figure in her community. Reidy died on 17 January 1977.
Jessie Ann Scott (1883–1959) was a notable New Zealand doctor, medical officer and prisoner of war.
Fanny Wilson was a notable New Zealand army nurse and matron. She was born in Christchurch, North Canterbury, New Zealand in 1874.
Lizzie Ida Grace Willis (1881–1968) was a notable New Zealand civilian and military nurse, hospital inspector, matron, army nursing administrator. She was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1881.
Hester Maclean was an Australian-born nurse, hospital matron, nursing administrator, editor and writer who spent most of her career in New Zealand. She served in World War I as the founding Matron-in-Chief of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, and was one of the first nurses to receive the Florence Nightingale Medal.
Evelyn Gertrude Brown,, usually known as Eva, was a New Zealand civilian and military nurse. She served during the First World War and was the only New Zealand nurse to receive the Royal Red Cross and Bar.
Mary Rushton Barkas was a psychiatrist, physician and author from New Zealand. She worked at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she was the first female house physician, and the Maudsley Hospital in London, United Kingdom.
Catherine Robertson is a novelist, reviewer and radio panellist. She is a frequent speaker at literary festivals and her books have been number one best-sellers in New Zealand. She lives in Wellington and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
Frederick Arthur Hornibrook (1878–1965) was an Irish physical culturalist and writer best known for his book The Culture of the Abdomen.
The No. 1 New Zealand General Hospital (1NZGH) was a World War I military hospital in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. The hospital was established in June 1916, after moving from Abasseyeh in Egypt. It was operated by the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. It was previously the Lady Hardinge Hospital for Wounded Indian Soldiers.