Fredrick PIRANI - Palmerston North Journalist - 1884
Frederick PIRANI (3 December 1858 - 26 October 1926) was a New Zealand politician. He was Member of the House of Representatives for Palmerston from 1893 to 1902, first as a Liberal, then as an Independent. He was part of the Liberal Party's "left" (radical) wing
He was born in Prahan, Melbourne, Australia
He was the son of Henry Cohen PIRANI, a merchant, and his wife, Louisa LEVY.
The family moved to Hokitika, New Zealand, in 1864.
His father was a journalist, and later owner of the Manawatu Evening Standard. Pirani served his apprenticeship as a printer under John BALLANCE on the Wanganui Herald in the late 1870s, and later became a journalist
On 23 May 1879 at Napier he married Martha BERRY
- Martha was born in Auckland in 1861
- she died in July 1959 in Auckland aged 97
- they had 6 known children:
1880 - ? Percival Henry Samuel Pirani
- Percival married Isabel Annie Maud MORRISON from Cape Town in Thorndon, Wellington in February 1904
1883 - 1951 Frederick Jack Hamilton Pirani
- Frederick served in WWI as Private 8/1391 with the Otago Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinorcements. He enlisted from 64 Boulcott St, Wellington. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs Berry Pirani Kenilworth ??, 108 Hill Street, Wellington
- he married Dora Louise MURCH (1876-1950) in 1925. They lived in Levin but were later divorced
1884 - 1922 Louis Joe Pirani
- Louis married Ethel Louise MAHON in 1911 in Napier
- Louis died aged 38 in Feilding
1887 - 1909 Roy Alan Pirani
- Roy died aged 21 in Pukekohe, Auckland
1892 - Dorothy Stanley Pirani
- Dorothy married Ernest Lansdown PERRY in 1914
1895 - Marie Rita Cicely Pirani
- Marie married Stanley Albert FORRESTER in 1918
Within a few years Frederick returned to the South Island with his wife and young family, and in 1883 became a member of the Blenheim School Committee.
This was the start of his public career and a long involvement with education in New Zealand.
Frederick Pirani moved in 1884 to Palmerston North where, in the next two decades, he held many local offices. He was elected chairman of the Palmerston School Committee in the 1880s, and was a long-serving member of the Wanganui Education Board from 1895. That year he was appointed to the Middle District of New Zealand University College Council, which was charged with governing a proposed university college at Wellington, and in 1903 he became a member of the Palmerston North High School board of governors. His interests were not confined to education:
* he was a borough councillor (188891 and 19013),
* member of the Wellington Land Board (189396),
* president of the Manawatu and West Coast Agricultural and Pastoral Association in 1897, and at one time
* chairman of the Palmerston North Licensing Committee.
** In 1891 he and his brother David purchased the Manawatu Standard.
** Frederick's wife, Martha Pirani, wrote editorials for the newspaper.
Frederick Pirani lived in Wellington for the last years of his life and was chairman of the Kelburn School Committee.
Frederick and Martha Pirani were divorced in July 1922, and Frederick married Isabella Iris Helen DOER (1891-1980 nee Voght), who was also recently divorced, on 27 September 1922 at Wellington.
- Isabella was the 3rd of 5 children of Adolf Elinar Reinhold VOGHT & Annie JOHNSTON. Isabella had married Charles Marcus DOER in 1908 and had at least 2 children, Ronadl Edward Doer in 1908 & Mavis Anne Doer in 1909)
- Martha did not remarry. She lived till aged 97
a son of Frederick & Isabella 'Iris' was:
1923 - 1944 Frederick Bryan Pirani
- born in Wellington, Frederick served in WWII as Pilot Officer NZ414674 with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 20 Squadron. He died on active service in India during the Burma Campaigne on 18 Feb 1944 aged 20. Column 445 & 446, Singapore Memorial, Kranji War
Frederick Pirani was elected to the Wellington Education Board shortly before his death on 26 October 1926. He was survived by his second wife, two daughters and two sons of his first marriage, and a son of his second marriage
Frederick died in Wellington in 1926 aged 68
- he is buried in PLOT 384 H at Karori
Isabella Helen Iris died 24 October 1980 aged 89
- she was cremated at Karori