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'Kaitangata' Steam Train

‘Kaitangata’ train

at Kaitangata Station






Waiwera Flour Mill

Flour Mill at Waiwera, est 1872

Photo taken after 1885 (SHEDDAN’s)


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I have struck an empty hole with my research:  Ann Watson MUDIE died at Otekura, South Otago, NZ on 6 October 1921 aged 48 years as a native of Scotland.  Plot owner Robert MUDIE.   I presumed they had married in Scotland but I am unable to find any records.

It is believed that she was a cousin to his first wife Hannah Paterson SMAILL who died in Scotland aged 27.

Can you help with any information?




Looking for descendants of Jessie Mitchell (nee WYLIE) and John Charles SCOTT.  Jessie was born in Port Molyneux, South Otago 1870, died in Taumarunui 10 Sep 1951, and at the time of her death there was a daughter age 50 and a son age 45.  With Jessie being of Scottish descent, they may be named Janet and John Liddell, the name of her parents.

If you have any information on this family I would be grateful to share what I have with you.




Looking for any info on John GIBSON from Armagh, Ireland who married Sarah CAMPBELL from County Down.   Married at Lurgan 1858 and came to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand on ‘Strathallen’ 1859.  Looking for information on this family mainly prior to 1859.




John GIRVAN who married Jane INNES, 1863 at Coatbridge, Middle District, Old Monkland, County Lanark, Scotland.  Two children Moses and Mary.  All came to New Zealand 1874.   Looking for information on this family prior to 1874.




Information on Thomas HALL who married Mary BOOTE 23 Oct 1837 at Brinklow, Warwickshire, England - arrived Canterbury, New Zealand 1851 with their 3 children Elizabeth, Samuel and Jane.




I am looking for any info on this family.

Duncan McEACHERN, 2nd son of Angus McEACHERN and Ann McDONALD.  Duncan married 17 Sept 1895 in Gore, Southland, to Jean/Jane PEMBERTON.  They had 2 sons, Stanley and Harold and 4 daughters:

Thelma Jane b.1897,married 1926 Gore, to Percy Alexander BARCLAY & had a family of two daughters, Catherine & Mavis;

Flora Ann married Henry Nicholas and had 2 sons & 2 daughters - James, Ross,  Meryl, Deidre;

Adeline Johanna married 1938 Alfred Edwin NOTTING.  Their family was Adrienne, Faye and Anthony;

Agnes Johnson married 1930 William F. ROBB and had family – Allan, William, Rex, Duncan, Trevor, Gladstone and Beverley Ann;

Duncan & Jean moved from Otama area in Southland to the Gisborne area.





I am looking for information on a George DUNCAN of Hawksbury who died in 1888 and bequeathed property etc to Mary JONES (nee GUNN) also of Hawksbury (Waikouaiti).  Also mentioned was a John DUNCAN of Cherry Farm.  I have no knowledge of any family connections with DUNCAN, however I have been unable to trace any family members of Mary other than her husband and children, so it is possible that she may be related somehow.  George DUNCAN does not appear to have been married, nor have any children.  Perhaps John DUNCAN of Cherry Farm was a brother?  Would love someone to shed light on this please.




Looking for the marriage of William TUFT and Catherine McLEOD.  Catherine arrived in New Zealand in 1863, with her family from Wick, Caithness in Scotland.  William arrived with two brothers, date and ship unknown.  William was from County Down, Ireland.  No marriage record has been found yet.  It is probable that they married in Canterbury.  This marriage does not appear in the BDM indexes.  Are there any suggestions where I can find this marriage? 





I am seeking information about Amelia Jane Sinclair (nee BISHOP), wife of Thomas SINCLAIR who lived in Romahapa.  I am trying to find out when she died, and where she was buried.  I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who is working on a SINCLAIR family tree, descendants of John SINCLAIR of Latheron in Caithness, Scotland.




Are there are any “living” descendants still in South Otago of the following:

·         William Speirs (had a farm called ‘Water Park’, Waiwera South.  William SPEIRS married Jane Blackie SHELDON at Green Island on 13 Mar 1871.  Jane Blackie’s father, William Logan SHELDON died in Oamaru

·         Cuthbert James SPEIRS, known as James b.1874, marr Williamina Hardie 1905,  children – Jane Wilson Hay SPEIRS b.1906 marr George Meikle, James Hardie SPEIRS b.1911, marr Irene Lawrence 1931

·         Jane Thompson SPEIRS b. 1874, marr John BLACK 1901,   3 ch – Jane Sheldon Speirs BLACK b.1903, marr Albert Homan 1927;  John b.1909;  William b.?

·         William SPEIRS b. 27 Jul 1876,marr Constance WHITEHOUSE 1900,   4 ch

·         Robert William SPEIRS b.1880, marr Lily Daisy Wright 1900,   5 ch

·         Margaret Turner SPEIRS, b. 1882, marr Jack Nichol,  3 ch

·         Elizabeth Archer Sheldon married James MAIN, 15 Aug 1876 in WAREPA   – with six children:

               James Andrew MAIN b.1877; 

               Margaret Turner MAIN b.1878, marr James ADAMS 1915; 

               Agnes Laing MAIN b. 1880, marr George PHILLIPS 1908; 

               George William Leslie MAIN b. 1881; 

               Elizabeth Sheldon MAIN b.1883, marr Charles Walter ANDERSON 1916; 

               William Alexander MAIN b. 1885.  

I am coming over to South Otago in November would love to meet anyone descended from the families above or anyone who knows of these families.  



ANDERSON Family Reunion

A Family Reunion is proposed for Labour weekend 21-22 October 2017 at Balclutha, Otago, for the descendants of Archibald & Hannah ANDERSON (nee MILLER) of Stirling, Otago and their children Anna Margaret MURRAY (Australia), Mary Ann Agnes CHRISTIE, (Oamaru), John Crawford ANDERSON (Stirling), Sarah Jane TURNER (Wellington), Magdalene Janet WARD (Dunedin), Harriet Julia STENHOUSE (Dunedin), Archibald Henry ANDERSON (Dunedin), Fanny Eliza DREW (Sydney Australia) and George Thomas ANDERSON (Stirling).

2017 is 200th birthday of Archibald ANDERSON who emigrated from Stirling, Scotland in 1840 to Wellington, then Dunedin and finally to “Balmoral” Farm on Inch Clutha, Stirling. If you are interested in attending, require further information, or have historic family photographs to contribute contact Secretary Anderson Reunion, email  postal address 62 Frances Street, Balclutha 9230 New Zealand. Please register by 15 March 2017


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Information Wanted’ last updated 15 Nov 2017

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