CAN YOU HELP? Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes, The New Zealand Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week

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The New Zealand Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week Present

Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes

Kia ora,  The New Zealand Project is proud to nominate Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes to be the collaborative profile of the week.    Sir Brian was a pioneering heart surgeon who was born in Wellington in 1924.   He performed the first "hole in the heart" open heart surgery in New Zealand on a 10 year old child in 1958.   He went on to achieve international recognition in the various fields of cardiac surgery and was knighted in 1971.

Our New Zealand project members have already made a start by adding some links to his profile and profiles for both parents. There's lots more to add !!

1. What were his early years like?
2. What were the highlights of his career?
3. He certainly was a remarkable surgeon but what of his family life?
4. What unique honour did he receive in 1995?
5. What was ironic about the cause of his death?

It’s helpful to the collaboration and to save duplication of work, if you post an answer here before working on some aspect of the profile. But please feel free to simply add to the profile whatever you’ve found out with it’s source.

New Zealand Project

Because of its remoteness New Zealand was one of the last land masses to be settled by humans. Polynesians were the first settlers in the islands that were to become New Zealand developing a distinctive Māori culture. Today the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million are of European descent with English being the predominant language.

The New Zealand project is for anyone with an interest in the country, it's people and it's history.   Through sub projects such as First Ships, we strive to assist members in tracing their ancestors' journeys from the early 19th century onward.   If you would like to  join the New Zealand project just contact Maria Maxwell.


Thank you

WikiTree profile: Brian Barratt-Boyes
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thanks Anne
Thanks, Anne and Maria. Now featured on the home page.

I'm going to make a quick edit to the bio so it fits conventional headline format.
Just want to say a special Thank You to Anne and Valerie.   His profile looks amazing plus of course Valerie has connected him to the big tree.  Thanks also to Simon Canning for suggesting him as our collaborative profile of the week.   Just think we had nothing on WikiTree for him two weeks ago.    What teamwork !!

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Hi again,  I've added a basic profile for his first wife and was going to do the same for his second.   I can't however find a source which gives their dates of birth nor the dob for his five sons.    Can anyone help please.  Many thanks.   Maria
by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
selected by Anne B
we have a living family here - will keep my eye open for info in the various online obits etc.
I will work on the Barratt side of the family as some are already entered in WikiTree

am waiting for a merge - profiler not active so fingers crossed
Maybe we'll have to just list them as opposed to creating profiles.
decided to concentrate on linking Barratt-Boyes into Wikitree - having fun, discovered g.g.grandparents were Australian convicts, which makes him a fair dinkum Kiwi!!
Excellent Valerie, Go! Go! Go!
YEA !!!!!

got him connected via the Crespins -

phew ............

For some reason, I didn't feel comfortable tackling the profile for Barret-Boyes and so decided to put together a genealogy for him instead.

What an amazing entertainment that turned out to be, so many fascinating stories. Here's a list of some of the most interesting people I added to his family tree -

Thomas Cooke V.C. the highest British award for gallantry, killed in action in France in 1916    

Captain Abraham Crespin, R.N. Commander of the Royal Navy schooner H.M.S. Halifax, a ship well known in the American Revolutionary War

George Henry Legassicke Crespin who may have led a double life with two families that I haven't got to the bottom of yet

Charles Samuel Cave transported to Australia for bigamy - his 6th wife outlived him & he seems to have been quite a nice bloke after all

Susan Gage transported to Australia for stealing stockings

William Barratt who brought his family with the very first group of N.Z. Company settlers to Wellington in 1842

John Stenton Workman one of the original whalers working N.Z. waters in the 1830s with three sons marrying Cooper girls in B.G.BB's family
Valerie, you are amazing. Thank you.
Brilliant Valerie !!   Very well done,
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I've added a paragraph about his death
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
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I now have a library copy of Peggy Crawford's family history Beginnings in God's Own which does not offer a great deal for Barratt-Boyes' own genealogy but does provide a wonderful description of how he got his name, which I'll add to his profile.

by Valerie Willis G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
Thanks Valerie,  you are a star.    I intend adding more to his career info today.
Oh how interesting. Thanks Valerie.
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I added family members in his parents generation from freebmd.freereg and familysearch. Also found the ship his father and grandfather arrived on.
by Susan Scarcella G2G6 Mach 8 (80.8k points)
Thank you Susan
Thanks Susan,   I'm amazed at how much information has been discovered about his family and added to WikiTree in a few short weeks.

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