Bret McKenzie

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McKenzie in 2013, photo by prphotos.com

Birth Name: Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie

Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand

Date of Birth: June 29, 1976

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Cornish

Bret McKenzie is a New Zealand comedian, actor, singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. He is one half of the comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, alongside Jemaine Clement. Bret is the son of Deirdre Tarrant and Peter McKenzie. He is married to publicist Hannah Clarke, with whom he has two children.

Bret’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Edward Tarrant (the son of Leonard Saywell Tarrant and Acacia Barley). Leonard was the son of English parents, William Tarrant, from Beechingstoke, Wiltshire, and Maria Saywell, from Bredgar, Kent. Acacia was the daughter of Charles Edward Barley, who was from Gorleston, Suffolk, England, and of Mary Ann King.

Bret’s maternal grandmother was Brigitte Esme “Betty” Rendle (the daughter of Charles Arthur Rendle and Maud Annie Morris). Charles was the son of Edwin Thomas Rendle, who was born in Plymouth, England, and of Rosina Kinsman, a suffragette, who was born in Cornwall, England. Maud was the daughter of Charles Morris and Annie Hansen.

Source: Genealogy of Bret McKenzie (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Bret’s maternal grandmother, Brigitte Esme “Betty” Rendle – https://www.geni.com

Information about Bret’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosina Kinsman, a suffragette – https://nzhistory.govt.nz

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  1. comrade says:

    Bret’s maternal grandmother Brigitte “Betty” Esme Rendle was the daughter of Charles Arthur Rendle and Maud Annie Morris.
    Charles Arthur was the son of Edwin Thomas Rendle (1851-1936), born in Plymouth, England and Rosina Kinsman (1954-1926). Rosina was a suffragette, she was born in Cornwall, England. Edwin’s parents were Henry Mudge Luscombe and Elizabeth Fanny Rendle from Devon, England. (Edwin inherited his mother’s surname instead of his fathers for some reason.)

    Maud Annie Morris’ parents were Charles Morris and Annie Hansen.

    Rosina, a suffragette: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/suffragist/rosina-randle
    Geneology of Bret’s maternal grandmother: https://www.geni.com/people/Brigitte-Betty-Esme/6000000048387430857

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