Annas Mabel Drain

Brief Life History of Annas Mabel

When Annas Mabel Drain was born on 14 February 1915, in Taumarunui, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand, her father, Robert William Drain, was 30 and her mother, Esther Ada Smith, was 28. She had at least 1 son with Desmond McDonald. She died on 16 July 1986, in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, at the age of 71.

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Desmond McDonald
Annas Mabel Drain
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    1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

    The Ross Dependency is a New Zealand dependency located on the Antarctician Continent. It is the only settlement on the Antartica that is claimed by a sovereign nation. New Zealand still owns claim even after the Antarctic Treaty that was signed in 1959 by 11 other nations. 


    WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.

    1943 · Eleanor Roosevelt Visits During War

    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt visited New Zealand during the calmer years of World War II in the Pacific. It was the first time that a first lady of the United States had visited the country alone without their husband. 

    Name Meaning

    Irish (Down): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dreain ‘descendant of Drean’, a byname possibly from dreán ‘wren’. The name is also found in Scotland.

    Irish (Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Druacháin (see Drohan ).

    English: topographic name from Middle English dreine, drene ‘drainage channel’, for someone who lived ‘(by the) drain or ditch’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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