Ernest Rutherford is 142, and he is whanau

Mills, Claude, fl 1920s. King, June, fl 1975: Photograph of Ernest Rutherford outside the school fence, Havelock - Photograph taken by Claude Mills. Ref: PAColl-2524. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22757635

Mills, Claude, fl 1920s. King, June, fl 1975: Photograph of Ernest Rutherford outside the school fence, Havelock – Photograph taken by Claude Mills. Ref: PAColl-2524. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22757635

‘We haven’t the money, so we’ve got to think’.

New Zealand chemist and physicist and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford was born 30 August 1871 in Spring Creek, Nelson.

  • Read his biography Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  • My set of Ernie images on Digital NZ.

Ernest is whanau. His father James Rutherford had a sister Barbara – my great-great-grandmother. Ernest is my great-grandfather’s cousin. Not sure what that makes him to me!
Rutherford Family tree

My great-great grandmother Barbara’s brother James and his wife Martha – parents of Ernest Rutherford.

James and Martha Rutherford. Fleming, Charles Alexander (Sir) 1916-1987 : Negatives of Ernest Rutherford and associations. Ref: PAColl-6407-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23069233

James and Martha Rutherford. Fleming, Charles Alexander (Sir) 1916-1987 : Negatives of Ernest Rutherford and associations. Ref: PAColl-6407-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23069233

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