Williamina "Minnie" Dean (2 September 1844 – 12 August 1895), the 'Winton baby-farmer, was a New Zealander who was found guilty of infanticide and hanged in 1895, becoming the first (and only) woman to be hanged for murder in New Zealand.
Bernice "Bee" Falk (born December 15, 1920) was accepted in the 44-7 WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) training class in 1944, and was an engineering test pilot and utility pilot. She married Joe Haydu. She is the author of Letters Home 1944-1945, the story about WASP's.
During the Second World War New Zealand invited 800 Poles – 734 of them orphaned children – to take refuge in New Zealand for the duration of the war. They had made a harrowing journey from Poland through Russia and Iran, to reach New Zealand on 31 October 1944. The photo shows some of them on board the General G. Randall on the day they arrived.