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McKay – Mackay History
The North Coast of New South Wales.
Starts with Robert Mackay and Barbara Morrison.

Their son Donald Mackay 1769

and Angus Mackay – son of Donald.

Includes: Cook and Parkins

Walda: 3.11.2010

Home| Donald 1769 | Angus 1795 | Alexander 1810 | James Moran| John 1837 | SS Rosedale | Parkins| George 1891 |Martha 1912 | Malcolm 1943 : Author

The Mackay/McKay family history has already been written however, we can start with the direct but basic line and work from there: The history starts in Scotland.

What follows is taken from written records, letters, photocopies and oral history.

To delve deeper into the history – the following Reference Sources are available in City Libraries where everything is chronicled. E.g. Mitchell Library or National Library of Australia - or are held by family members. Many

family members have a McKay/Mackay Family History Book.

Known, and to hand, references such as BDM certificates are quoted in the text.

In some certificates there are errors that are word of mouth. Error exists in many works. Memory fails – one relative may remember a happening

differently to a sibling's recollection. In the main, there is a basis in fact even if some fact gets warped or embroidered in the re-telling.

The Spelling of the family name has been maintained at "Mackay" rather than introducing the different variations – this has been for convenience

rather than individual preference. E.g. Martha Elizabeth Mackay preferred "Mackay". Her brother George (Bill) used "McKay".

Ref: The Mackays of Cogo. By Marie Trotter IBSN 0 7316 4294 5

Ref: Rosedale Mackays by M.E. Mackay-Fawcett & W.L. Scholler IBSN 0 9589968 1 4

Ref: Mackay-McKay Family History by Mackay-McKay Family Reunion Association 1991. IBSN No. 0 646 048155 Nat. Library of Australia.

The Life of Rob Don - pages xx – xxi

Robert Abrach Mackay (also known as Robert Macrob-macrob from Strathmelness in Kintail) Ref: The Life of Rob Don - pages xx - xxi

Married 1769, Barbara Morrison.

Their son,

Donald Mackay, b. (ca 1769/1770?) d. about 1825 .Donald Mackay had a wife about who little is known. There was a child of this marriage, Angus. b. 29.1.1795 d. 7.10.1894, it seems at the ripe old age of 99 years. Donald Mackay's first wife, died in childbirth. It was 29th January 1795

Details of this Angus will be written up later... his line developed a separate tree – I could say branch – but his is a whole new story and

Kerryn Scholler's side of the family.

Married, secondly 10.2.1795

Janet McLeod of Lettermore. b.(?) d. ca 1829 – her father was Donald McLeod

(Her family was hereditary Pipers to Lord Reay.)

Donald and Janet had 5 children of their own, plus Angus. The Capital letters are the Clan Reunion letters allocated to each family descended from that person.

Angus B b.29.1.1795 Scotland in the Parish of Farr, in the County of Sutherlandshire. d.7.10.1894 Death Reg 7766 NSW

m. Christina Mackay b. (1802?) d. 9.12.1895 Death Reg 12985 NSW More on Angus

Donald and Janet's five were:

1. Elizabeth (Betsy) C b. 1800 Scotland. d. 21.9.1862 married William Mackay

2. Robert D b. 1802 Scotland d.(?) never married.

3. George E b. 1803 Scotland d. about 1851 married Neilla MacIntosh

4. Alexander F b. 10.3.1810 Scotland d. 5.2.1884 Death Reg 10442 NSW m. 3.2.1837 Barbara Mackay b. (1812?) d. 18.8.1895 Death Reg 8788 NSW

5. Mary Anne G b. ca March1814/15 Scotland d. 1892 may have m. William Rouse of Parramatta in 1847,

Donald and Janet's son (4 of above)

Alexander F of Midtown b.10.3. 1810. Braesgil, Loch Hope d. 5.2.1884 Polo Creek. NSW buried Cogo. Death Reg. 10442 NSW

married 3.2.1837. Parish of Tongue, Sutherland.

Barbara Mackay b. 5.12.1812 Skinnet, Scotland d. 18.8.1895 Death Reg. 8788 NSW Polo Creek – Macleay River, NSW. Her mother was Margaret Sutherland.

There is an Obituary to Barbara Mackay in the Port Macquarie News of 31.8.1895

They immigrated to Australia on the SS James Moran. Departing 21.10.1838. Lochinver, Scotland. Arrived in Sydney 11.2.1839

The "James Moran", a ship of some 600 tons, sailed under Captain Ferguson and Dr McNee. It left Loch Inver and Loch Broom, on 21st October, 1838,

arrived at Port Jackson on the 11th February 1839. When it arrived, 210 passengers disembarked, including infants born on the voyage.

Most of the 229 passengers on board were clearance victims. They came to Australia under Rev John Dunmore Lang's Bounty Scheme. 2 people died on the voyage to Australia. The voyage took 113 days, sailing directly to Cape Town, where it arrived 26th December, 1838. 20 passengers left the ship there on New Year's Day. The James Moran was apparently lost in the ice of the North Atlantic ca. 1857.

NOTE: "clearance victims". For those interested – there is an excellent book called "The Highland Clearances" By John Prebbles. One should be able to get it via a library.

Note: in 1856, Alexander's Sister, Elizabeth (d. 21.9.1862) and her husband, William Mackay, along with seven children, arrived in Australia from Scotland on the ship Winifred arriving on 1.11.1856

Alexander and Barbara had five sons and five daughters.

1. ***John F1 b. 15.11.1837 Skinnett –Scotland d.16.4.1894 m. 4.10. 1860 Johanna Mackay C6 page 460 of Mackay book

2. Donald F2 b. 28.5.1839– Dungog NSW – drowned.

3. Margaret F3 b. 20.7.1842 - Dungog NSW - m. 1878 Alexander Bain

4. Alexander F4 b. 29.3.1844 - Dungog NSW m. Fanny (Francis) Ainsworth b 5.12.1856 d.19.1.1884

5. Elizabeth F5 b. 20.1.1846 - Dungog NSW d. aged 40 yrs. 20.12 1886

6. Janet (twin) F6 b. 20.1.1846 - Dungog NSW d.1940 aged 93 yrs m. John Johnson

7. Mary F7 b 6.1.1849 - Dungog NSW m. 10.7.1872 at Cogo - Alexander Dornan

8. Robert F8 b. 20.11.1850 - Dungog NSW m. Margaret Blair

9. Marion F9 b. 28.10.1852 - Dungog NSW m. George Ainsworth

10. Hugh Adam FZ b. 1.6.1854 d. 28.4.1930 - Dungog NSW m. Merci Caroline Wright of Kempsey d. 7.6.1945

Alexander and Barbara's son...

***John Mackay F1 b. 15.11.1837 - d. 16.4.1894 Buccrabindinni NSW (Bowraville) Death Reg. 934695/6 NSW

Married his cousin on 4.10.1860 at Rollands Plains NSW Reg 102356/61NSW

Johanna Mackay C6 b. 1842 Durness - Scotland. d. 3.4.1912 Bowraville NSW Death Reg. 4952/116

They had 11 children. – page 500 of Mackay book

1. *Elizabeth C61 b. 19.4.1860 – Cogo NSW Died in the SS Rosedale tragedy 15.9.1911 she became the 2nd wife of William (Billy) Cook 16.4.1883.

2. Barbara C62 b. 18.10.1861/62? Macleay River NSW (married Sydney Ainsworth.)

3. **Alexander C63 b. 24.12.1863 D. 25.6.1918 Wilson River NSW (married Martha Parkins)

4. Arthur William Sherriff. C64 b. 17.11.1866 Deepwater Creek - Macleay River d. 23.5.1956/7 at Wauchope - Never married.

5. Mary C65 b. 1869 – Bowraville NSW. d. 15.9.1911 in the SS Rosedale Tragedy. Married Dan (Dennis?)Murphy.

6. Donald Robert C66 b.25.6. 1871 Buccrabindinni NSW d. 6.5.1918 Beaudesert Qld.

7. Hugh Adam C67 b. 1873 Buccrabindinni NSW

8. John Ellis C68 b. 1875 Buccrabindinni NSW d.11.7.1941 buried Rookwood NSW

9. Angus C69 b. 8.12.1876 m. Annie Brown

10. William C6Z b. 1878 Buccrabindinni NSW d. 15.9.1911 in the SS Rosedale tragedy. Married to Ethel Flockhart – Also d. 15.9.1911 in SS Rosedale tragedy

11. George Mitchell C6Y b. 1880 Buccrabindinni NSW

12. One infant male, unnamed. Deceased

Here we seemingly have another child. Elsie Effie Mackay C6 b. 1892 (Adopted) – she married Joe Grimley and d.? Cremated at Mt. Thompson, Brisbane.

Also, another son, Angus (Adopted) b 8.12.1876 Bowraville. m. Annie Brown.

The following can be sourced from LDS IGI Southwest Pacific Region.

Note: See Listing under Angus Mackay further along.

Johanna Mackay who Married John Mackay above on 4.10.1860 was born in Durness Sutherland, Scotland in 1842.

She was the daughter and 6th child of William M. Mackay b. 1800 Durness near Cape Wrath, Scotland d. 1876 on the Macleay River NSW and his wife, Elizabeth (Betsey) Mackay, Born 1800 in Sutherland Scotland. d. 21.9.1862

They Married in 1826 and had seven children:

William M. Mackay and Elizabeth Mackay's children:

Mary (Mollie) C1 b. 1825 Sutherland Scotland Never Married.

Donald Mackay C2 born 1829 Sutherland Scotland.

Mitchell Scobie Mackay C3 b. 1835 Durness near Cape Wrath, Sutherland Scotland. Died 31.10.1916 at Kempsey NSW – interred 2.11.1916 Pres. Cemetery East Kempsey NSW.

William Mackay C4 b. 1836 Achiemore, Sutherland, Scotland d. 1911 NSW Australia.

Alexander Mackay C5 b. 1838 Achiemore, Sutherland, Scotland.

Also died 1911 Buccrabindinni NSW.

Johanna Mackay C6 Born 1842 Durness Scotland

John Mackay C7 b. 1844 Sutherland Scotland. d. Buccrabindinni NSW

Rosedale Entry, NSW Shipwrecks

Rosedale. Iron screw steamship, 274/164 tons. #74672. Built Dundee Scotland, 1877; reg. Sydney 21/1892. Lbd 140 x 26.1 x 8.5 ft. Owned by the N.C.S.N. Co. Left Nambucca River for Sydney on 15th September 1911 with 30 Passengers and crew; was seen off Crowdy Head battling her way through rough seas, but was not sighted again. One theory presented was that she turned to run for Trial Bay but struck Fish Rock and foundered. Some time later, wreckage from her washed ashore.

The wreck was located off Port Macquarie in 1995.

More on theTS Rosedale in relation to family members further on.

*Elizabeth Mackay C61 (above) b. 19/4/1860 at Cogo, Rollands Plains…became the second wife of William Cook. Died 15th September 1911, at Sea, in the Rosedale tragedy.

married 16.4.1883. West Kempsey N.S.W.

William (Billy) Cook. b. 7.8.1850 Glenrock - Kempsey d. 3.6.1935 (the son of William Cook and Anne Kerns). He was first married to Elizabeth Gilbert and they had 6 children, Elizabeth, Jane, Marion, Sara (who married Robert Mackay). Mary and George.

Elizabeth and William (Billy's) Children:

1. John Alexander C611 b. 24.1.1887 d.? m. Agnes Smith (Aunty Aggie?)

2. Emmanual William C612 b.22.11.1889 d. ? Never Married.

3. Hugh Adam Phindleter C613 b. 12.7.1890 Bowraville d. 1.3.1979 Campsie NSW married Dorothy Aston (Uncle Hugh)

4. William Herbert C614 b. 18.6.1894 C6 d.? m. Olive Jenner. (Uncle Herb and Aunty Ollie)

5. Cora Irene (Aunty Cora) C618 b. 10.6.1899 Birth Reg.196998 NSW d.? m.Christopher Pearson

6. Bertha Williamina C617 (Aunty Bertha) b.24.3.1898 d.? m. 1st Percy Cook 2nd Jack Baulks

7. Arthur Arden C616 b. 10.12.1897 m. Edith Grace

8. #Elizabeth Elvie Johanna Amelia C615 b. 19.10.1895 Reg 8766 (3766?) NSW Buccrabindinni d. 29.9.1984 Death Reg Name: Harris 23060 NSW m. George Alexander Mackay – (Nana and Grandfather George).

9. Donald Ross.C619 B. 1.5.1901 Buccrabindinni d. 27.3.1966 (Uncle Ross) Married Ethel Blinco

10. Gladys Mabel C61Z b. 23.5.1902 d.? m. Gordon Burton.

Walda's Note: Have met some of the Great Uncles and Aunts (in Coff's Harbour and Timmsvale)…also in Newcastle (Wallsend) at Aunty Vi's place. Mum often referred to some of the names as "Uncles".

The Mackays of Cogo book appears to be a day different – a year different - in dating BDMs which has become a bit frustrating unless one has the BDM Certificates. Where found or not corroborated there is a slash between dates.

All the following can be found on the web Family (LDS - IGI Southwest Pacific Region)

**Alexander Mackay C63 (above) b 24.12.1863 d. 25.6.1918 - buried Rookwood NSW Death Reg 8549/747 NSW

married 22.12.1890/1893(?) Bowerville N.S.W.

Martha Parkins. b. 24.12.1871 at Mudgee, N.S.W. d. Mar 1935. Father: George Parkins – Mother Mary Elizabeth Cooper m. 9.6.1868 Macleay River N.S.W.

See George in Notes below:

Notes on Parkins Family:

These come from Karen Hughes a member of the Parkins Family

1857 Aloe (Ship)

Following are full transcripts from the original 1857 records -

Samuel Parkins age 41 - carpenter - born Shalford Essex - parents Samuel and Betsey, father dead, Mother in London, relig C of E Could both read and write

Mary Ann Parkins - age 42 Home Servant - born Bulmer Essex - parents James and MaryAnn, Mother dead, Father living in Bulmer Relig c Of E - could both read and write

Jane age 19 - home servant - born Bulmer Essex - parents on board - C of E - Both Read and write

Susannah age 17 - home servant - born London Middlesex - parents on Board - C of E - both read and write

Samuel age 13 - no occupation listed - born London Middlesex - parents on board - C of E - both read and write

George age 10 - no occupation - born London Middlesex - parents on board - C of E - read only Emily age 8 - no occu - born London Middlesex - parents on board - C of E - read only

James W, age 3 - no occu - born London Middlesex - parents on board - c of E - read only (????? unsure could say no)

Family (parents and children under 16 )paid five pounds - and for the elder two girls an extra 10 shillings each

Parkins Family Additional Information

The following information was provided by Leonie Parkins.

Generation 1: Samuel Parkins & Mary Ann Fisher

Samuel Parkins

b.1816, Shalford, Essex, England

d.2/2/1898, Bombira Hill, Mudgee, NSW

m.16/2/1839 Parish of Bulmer, Essex, England

Mary Ann Fisher

ch.13/9/1814, Bulmer, Essex, England

d.28/2/1892, Lawsons Creek, Mudgee, NSW

1. Samuel Parkins b. 1816

Parents: Samuel Parkins b.1778, Margaret Roding, Essex

Elizabeth 'Betsey' Houchin b.1787 Shalford, Essex

2. Mary Ann Fisher b.1814

Parents: James Fisher b.1775 Bulmer, Essex

Mary A Hawkins b.1778 Alphamstone, Essex

3. Samuel & Mary Ann's Children:

Jane Fisher Parkins b.1838 d.1882 m.1862, Frederickton; Edmond Debenham

Susannah Parkins b. 1840 d.1896 m.1859 Mudgee; Isaac Meachin

James Edward Parkins ch.21/7/1844 d.before 1853

Samuel Parkins b.1844 d.1931 m.1873 Mudgee; Adelaide Hume

George Parkins b.1847 d.1929 m.1868 Macleay River (Frederickton); Mary Elizabeth Cooper

Emily Parkins b.1849 d.1888 m.1868 Kempsey; William Henry Rowe

James Walter Parkins b.1853 d.1927 m.1877 Mudgee; Rosina Margaret Phillips

Other Notes:

Interestingly, from local history publications it appears the Debenham family had a connection to the butter factory in Frederickton and Kempsey.

Generation 2: George Parkins & Mary Elizabeth Cooper

George Parkins

b.6/1/1847, London, England; ch.29/1/1847, Old Church St Pancras, London, England; d.11/7/1929, Macksville, NSW; m.9/6/1868, Macleay River, NSW

Mary Elizabeth Cooper

b.1848, Elveden, Suffolk, England; d.16/11/1921 (Registered in Kempsey District)

4. George & Mary E's Children:

George Samuel b.1869 d.1950 m.1889 Kempsey; Emily H Cook (Henrietta) b. 1878 Macleay River d. 1937 Macksville NSW.

Albert (Butt) b.1870 d.1955 m.1897 Frances Maria Duffy – born 1879 Macleay River d. 1912 Macksville NSW

Martha b.1871 d.1935 m.1890 Bellingen; Alexander Mackay

Emily Elizabeth b.1874 d.1942 m. 1896 Bowraville; Albert McNeil

Lillian b.1875 d.1971 m.1897 Kempsey; John H Sydenham

Edward b.1877 d.1945 m.1899 Kempsey; Mary Jane Colling- b 1870 – d. 1937 Macksville NSW

Ernest b.1879 d.1973 m.1902 Kempsey; Elizabeth Jane Duffy – b. 1884 Kempsey d. 1925 Macksville NSW

Mary Jane b.1882 d.1955 m.1916 John L Glynn

Frederick Walter b.1884 d.1972 m.1905 Kempsey; Agnes Maude Cook – b. 1885 Kempsey d. 1967 Macksville NSW

Gordon Lionel b.1887 d.1956 m.1908 Macksville; Adina WH Brown - b. 1887 Nambucca River (Buccrabindinni) d. 1967 Macksville NSW

Alford A (Sonny) b.1889 d.1972 m.1909 Bowraville; Elenor (Lena) Brown – b. 1891 Nambucca River (Buccrabindinni) d. 1962\3 Orange NSW.

Lucy b.1892 d1970 m.1915 Hurtle Hodgson


Samuel's Occupation: Carpenter

Samuel and family arrived in NSW aboard the "Aloe" in 1857 (From the NSW State Records - Immigration Index 1844-59)

Departed Liverpool 12/4/1857 and arrived 31/7/1857

Births, Deaths, & Marriage Registry records indicate that there were no children born after their arrival in NSW.

Samuel & Mary Ann buried Mudgee Cemetery, C of E

BDM Records:

Death Records:

8591/1892 Parkins Mary A James Mary A Mudgee

2370/1898 Parkins Samuel Unknown Unknown Mudgee


George's Occupation: Contractor - shipwright, wheelwright, carpenter

George Parkins - after his arrival in Australia he trained as a shipwright at Lawson's Shipyard on the Macleay River.

*"Christopher Lawson, a native of Denmark, had taken over Gillies shipyard near Frederickton in 1843. His yard built the schooners 'Flower of the Yarrow' and 'Rose of Eden'". (Lawson drowned in Sydney Harbour in 1861). - * taken from "Valley of the Macleay by Marie H. Neil p.38

Between 1889 and 91 George moved his family to Bowraville. By 1891 he was living in George St, and the 1891 census shows his occupation as wheelwright. It also includes the information that the household had 8 males and 4 females residing with him. Therefore the last child, Lucy, was probably born in Bowraville. The Electoral Roll 1895-6 lists George Parkins, carpenter, and oldest sons George Samuel and Albert, labourers. -

* taken from "Valley of the Crooked River" p.126

Disastrous flooding on the Macleay motivated the movement of many families away from the area and contributed to the decline of the shipbuilding industry. However George was 'on the spot' to undertake work as a wheelwright/carpenter as Bowraville was on the bridle trail halfway between Kempsey and Bellingen, and also to contribute to the development of a growing Bowraville. The Bellingen News 1914 details George Parkins winning the contract for the construction of the Bowraville Butter Factory. The Parkins family also became well known for building and racing sailing boats along the Nambucca & Macleay Rivers. George built "Once More", an 18-foot gaff rigged cutter, which won the Championship Race during the Smithtown Regatta in 1922. A model of "Once More" is on display at Nambucca District Historical Society's Museum. His sailing craft were well known for their speed and responsive handling. George subsequently trained his youngest son Alford in the same trade.

George & Mary Elizabeth buried Frederickton Cemetery, C of E

BDM Records:

Marriage: 2501/1868 Parkins George Cooper Mary Eliz Macleay River

Death: 17183/1921 Parkins Mary E George Elizabeth Kempsey

17933/1929 Parkins George Samuel 84 Yrs Macksville (_Marshall) Macksville

Generation 3: Alford A (Sonny) Parkins & Elenor (Lena) Brown

Alford A (Sonny) Parkins

b.7/4/1889 Frederickton, NSW; d.21/11/1972 Macksville, NSW; m.15/9/1909 Bowraville, NSW

Elenor (Lena) Brown

b.31/10/1891 Buccrabindinni, NSW; d.21/4/1963 Orange, NSW - daughter of Richard Brown & Mary Mackay (see Brown/Mackay family)


(i) Dulcie Parkins

(ii) James H A Parkins (Mick)

(iii) Daphne Parkins

(iv) Mary Phyllis Parkins

(v) Ervin Parkins (Fradge)

(vi) Neville Ernest Parkins (Skin)

(vii) Cecil R Parkins (Park)


Alford's Occupation: timber worker, boat builder, fisherman

Most often called Alfred or Sonny, he spent his early married life at Bowraville in a home not far from the butter factory whilst he worked at Neddy Walkers mill, and in his spare time built fishing boats for his sons and other local fisherman. He often travelled down to Nambucca by boat. He also constructed several sailing boats including "Chance" and "Violet". In his latter years Sonny could be often found out in the yard mending the family's fishing nets with twine and wooden needle. He suffered a heart attack and died in November 1972 aged 83 years.

Alford - Memorial wall at Bernard Laverty's in Macksville, C of E

Lena - Presbyterian Cemetery, Orange

BDM Records:

Marriage: 7520/1909 Parkins Alford A Brown Lena Bowraville

Death: 9842/1963 Parkins Eleanor Richard Mary Orange

66026/1972 Parkins Alfred Albert George Samuel Elizabeth Mary Macksville

Other Notes:

Gordon L Parkins married Adina W H Brown sister of Elenor

details as per McKay/Mackay family book

Information provided by Leonie Parkins.

Children of Alexander Mackay and Martha Parkins:

1. ##George Alexander.C631 B 24.8.1891 Bowraville d. 11.7.1952 Coffs Harbour. m. 1st. Elizabeth Elva Johanna Amelia Cook – (see further on) m. 2nd Briget Vera MacNamara – three children, C6311 VeraEileen, C8312Edna Jean and C6313Alexander

2. Albert E. C632 b. 1893 – Kempsey NSW

3. Martha E.C633 b. 1897 (Edna)- Kempsey d. 1960 m. at Bowerville in 1921 - Robert A. Lawrence b. 1890 d.1960

4. Edith J. C634 b. 1898/9 Bowerville NSW

5. Ena C638 b. 1913 West Kempsey d.1980 m. 1930 Lawrence Rupert Lack b.1909 Stanway, Holcombe, Wiltshire UK. d. 27.7.1979

6. Leonard Lionel Clement C637 b 14.2.1895/1894? Repton/Bowerville NSW


m. 1916 Repton NSW Ann May Buckman. b. 1896 Nambucca NSW d. 1974 Father: Benjamin Buckman. Mother: Nancy McKay

7. William C. C636 b. 1904 Kempsey NSW d. 1905

8. Ivy P. C635 b. 1902 Kempsey NSW d. 1985 m. at Stockton NSW

1920 Robert V Lunney b. 1895 Newcastle d. 1975

Elizabeth Mackay and William Cook's daughter

#Elizabeth Elva Johanna Amelia Cook – (see above#.)

b.19.10.1895. Birth Reg. 8766 (3766?) NSW Buccrabindinni NSW 

d. 29.9.1984 – Sydney NSW Death Reg. Name: Harris 23060. (Nana as we know her married (1). George Mackay ( 2). Sowerby (3) Harris – this information supplied by research and daughter Violet Griffith)

married 24.4.1912

##George Alexander Mackay C631 (see above##) b. 24.8.1891. Bowraville NSW

d. 10.7.1952 Coffs Harbour. Death Reg. 25199/485 NSW

2nd marriage. Briget Vera MacNamara.

Children: Alexander, Eileen and Edna.

Half brother and sisters to: Martha Elizabeth, George William, Violet Maude and Roy Herbert – listed below:

Here: Branches of this family can add their own details


1. +Martha Elizabeth C6151 b. 10.6.1912 Kempsey d.2.5.1992 Cleveland Qld.

See details further down:

2. George William C6152 (Uncle Bill) b. 5.7.1914 Kempsey d. 24.4.2002 Batemans Bay NSW Death Reg 14382/2002

m. Dorothy Minchin b. 11/09/1917 d. 05/09/1987 (Dorothy or Aunty Dot, May have come from Albury).

- they had three children.

(a) Malcolm b. 11.5.1943 C61521 m. Dianne Reid

(i) Stuart b. 3.5.1972 C615211

(ii) Peter b. 30.9.1974 C615212

(b) Donald William b. 25.10.1945 C61522

m. 19? Wendy Evelyn Tarrant b. 07/02/1947

(i) Susan Louise McKay b. 23/09/1974 C615221 m. 02/12/2000

Simon Birt b. 07/07/1971 at Riverview College

two children:

Owen James b. 18/12/2002

Jennifer Grace b. 30/06/2005

Angelia b. April(?) 2008

(ii) Kerry Elizabeth McKay b. 11/09/1977 C61222

m. 27/05/2006

Benjamin Sinclair b.06/09/1978 at Katoomba

One child: Charlie Benjamin Sinclair - Sydney - 4/3/2007

(c)Sandra Denise McKay b 30/6/1947 C61523

m. 1/4/1971 Graham Frederick Anderson b. 6/11/1941

Sandra and Graham had two sons.:

(i)David Graham Anderson b. 27/1/1974 C615231

married on 17/1/2004

Joanne Liza Thompson b. 19/10/1975

(ii)Bryon William Anderson b. 5/5/1976 C615232

married on 9/10/2004 Amanda Jane Smith b. 20/1/1977

3. Roy Herbert (Roy) C6154 b. 29.12.1917 Bellingen NSW d. 24.3.1941 when his motorcycle collided with a taxi – Sydney. Death Reg. 119275/73 Reg No. 439 NSW. Lot 59 Sect S 3 C of E Northern Suburbs cemetery. (Ref: Chignal Graves).

4. Violet Maude C6153 b. 7.12.1915 Bowraville Birth Reg 51743 NSW – d. 13.9.2008 in Canberra, ACT.m. 4.3.1939 Lloyd George Griffith. B. 20.5.1914 Estelville d.1.4.1990 

Two Children

(a)Ellen Elizabeth b 1.5.1941 C61531 .m. 1.4.1961 Curnoe  b. 6.6.1938


i. Mark b. 10.9.1963 – bachelor C615311

ii. Darren b. 27.3.1967 m. 11.10.1997 C615311

Asha Kumari Manocha b. 27.1.1972 (Australian born Malaysian/Indian decent)

Daughter: Arabella Trinity Manocha Curnoe b. 30.7.2003

(b) Margaret Fay b. 15.12.1947 C61532

m. 13 .1.1973 Peter Miles Gossip.

(i) Jennine Elizabeth Cassandra b. 28.5.1981 b C615321

m. 22.7.2006 James Campbell Irving b. 29.6.1982

From above:

+Martha Elizabeth Mackay (above). b. 10.6.1912 Birth Reg 8667 NSW Kempsey NSW d. 2.5.1992 Death Reg. 92/03852 Queensland.

m. 23.7.1934 Marriage Reg C372391/ 37 NSW

Walter Robert Fawcett Jnr. b. 30.7.1907 London, UK died 13.8.1968, Death Reg 2066 NSW. Page Chest Pavilion, Camperdown - Sydney NSW – buried – Rookwood Lawn Cemetery #722 Martha Elizabeth Buried in same # 722

Martha Elizabeth and Walter Robert had three children:

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1. Gordon Alexander C61511 b. 28.5.1935 Grafton NSW m. 1.11.1969 Dorothea Becker b.

Two Children: (a) Mary Louise b. d. 7.6.1972 (stillborn)

(b) Nicoletta Elizabeth b. 8.7.1975

2. Geoffrey Richard C61512 b. 17.2.1938 Coffs Harbour NSW

m. (1) Sandra Wilmott b. 29.6.1945 on 19.7.1962 at St. Xavier Catholic Church, Rabaul, PNG


(a)Walter Richard C515121 (Wally) b. 12.2.1963 Namanula Hospital, Rabaul, New Guinea

i. Wade Fawcett

ii. Ashley Rose Fawcett

(c) Estelle Elizabeth C615122 b. 11.2.1965 Coffs Harbour NSW

Married: Andrew Ivory

i. Robert Ivory b.2.2.1992

ii. Stephen Ivory b. 28.8.2995

iii. Cassandra Ivory b. 29.10.1992

Geoffrey - Divorced Sydney Supreme court 1970

m. (2) Elizabeth Ann Henry b. 7.4.1954. Coffs Harbour Court House NSW

(c) Malcolm Rodney C615123 b.20.6.1973 m. Tracy Walker - Melbourne (Divorced)

(d) Vanessa Maree C615124 b.3.5.1974 m. 5.10/2000 John Perkins -Townsville (Divorce)

i. Alexander James Perkins

ii. Nathanual Liam Perkins

iii. Cody Mathew Perkins

iv. Emily Elizabeth Perkins.

(e) Anthony John C615125 b. 4.6.1975 m. Rachael Thomas of USA

(f) Sharon Anne C615126 b. 7.8.1976 m. 8.4.2006 Ben Thompson - Manly Qld.

3. Walda Lillian C61513 (print error shows B) b. 27.9.40 St. Leonards. Sydney NSW m. 24.11.1961 Erich Scholler of Pottendorf – Austria. Arrived in Australia on the Aurelia in 1956. Two Children:

(a) Adam Eric C615131 (adopted) b. 19.2.1972 m. Kerryn Louise Daley B91Y322

b. 15.5.74 on 14.3.1998 at Rockhampton Qld.


Deklan Matthew b. 27.5.2001 – Rockhampton Qld.

Alexis Louise b. 21.2.2003 - Rockhampton Qld

(b) Belinda Maxine C615132 b. 15.9.1972 m. Andrew Watson b. 27.5.1970 Brisbane Qld.


Isabelle Lily b. 2006 – Brisbane Qld.

TS "Rosedale"

Excerpts from the book "Rosedale Mackays"

In the early years of this century, we had tele-communications but limited transport facilities. People could live far apart in the next valley, this not mean they were in constant communication with each other.

If one received a telegram worded "come quickly mother dying" and signed it with one of the many duplicated family names, it would be easy to assume that a mother had fallen ill, been transported to Sydney without the family's immediate knowledge, and was in the process of dying.

It was the second week of September 1911 when just such a telegram arrived. It was intended for the family of Angus Mackay who had settled at Valla near Nambucca, but delivered to the family of John and Johanna Mackay

As such large families married and spread throughout the district, contact would have been limited to an annual event and, therefore, it was assumed Johanna Mackay was in Sydney dying.

Three of her children, one with a new wife, hastily made arrangements to get to Sydney as quickly as possible, a move which precipitated one of the worst tragedies to befall the Australian Abrach Mackays.

So, Elizabeth (Cook), Mary (Murphy) and William, with his wife of six weeks, Ethel Flockhart, managed to obtain births on the SS Rosedale, due to sail for Sydney from Nambucca that night 15th September 1911.

After taking on freight then passengers, the Rosedale left the pier and headed into an approaching storm.

The Rosedale never got past Smokey Cape lighthouse and, according to the lighthouse keeper for the day, the ship was six miles of course, steaming towards open sea.

In rolling seas, those 30 souls on board, would have been battened down with no chance of survival.

Finally the inevitable had to be accepted. The Rosedale was gone and with her, four members of the Mackay family.

The older children of the William and Elizabeth Cook family could look after themselves but for the younger ones, Cora, Gladys and Ross, the loss was felt keenly – more so because their father took himself off to live with Jane(Ballard), the daughter of his first wife, thus neglecting these youngsters.

Clare and Gus Gaddes, who were children of Jane Mackay, on the Angus Mackay line of the family, took the girls Cora and Gladys, and reared them. Ross stayed with his sister, Elizabeth Elva Johanna Amelia, who planned to marry George Alexander Mackay at the time of the calamity.

Johanna Mackay grieved daily and silently for the loss of her children, especially the eldest, Elizabeth. There is no doubt their deaths precipitated her own. She died in April 1912, and the cause is recorded as "apoplexy", but it was more likely grief. She is buried beside her husband in Bowraville in a fenced but unmarked grave. more on this ship.

Angus Mackay

Donald Mackay's first wife, died in childbirth. It was 29th January 1795 and the child's name was Angus. War with Ireland had been declared and Donald, a widower with a young son, had already enlisted. He had to find a mother for the boy and this he did. Donald married Janet MacLeod of Lettermore, 12 days after the death of his wife.

Janet reared Angus as her own while Donald, who had joined the Reay Fencibles, fought with great valour at the Battles of Tara Hill and Balim-muck, and was away for four years.

Donald returned home in 1799, it was not long before he started his new family.

Donald's son - now Angus Snr. was just twenty years old and married to Jane Clark when he was a drummer at Waterloo (1815).

From the Register of St. Nicholas, Aberdeen Scotland: Angus McKay of the 78th Regiment-of-Foot and Jane Clark in Aberdeen, daughter of Henry Clark, house servant in Middlesex, in the presence of Sergeant – McKay and Donald Fraser, both in the same Regiment".

In those days it was the custom for wives to travel with their husbands, thus, Jane went to Waterloo with Angus Snr.

The actual Battle Field at Waterloo, in Belgium, is preserved. So many soldiers died there. The Battle Field may not be farmed or tilled in any way – and has been left, just as it was after the battle storm had passed. This Angus was at the Battle but not in the Battle.

Later, whilst stationed in Brussels their son, Angus Jr. B1 was born at Ostend on 4.12.1816. He was baptised by the Chaplain to the Forces at Ostend on 11/2/1817 

Other children came along. Elizabeth B2 b. 1818 in Westmeath, Ireland, and Margaret B3 b. 1820. Then another daughter, Helen Calder Mackay, B4 baptised in 1822 - but as she did not immigrate to Australia in 1838, it was assumed Helen died - then, sadly, Jane died sometime between 1823-1825.

When Angus Snr died in1894, it was stated that Jane gave him five children. If there was a fifth child, B5 name unknown, probably died, perhaps in infancy.

Angus Jr. B1 is the Code B1 in the Mackay book, came to Australia on the James Moran

Records show that he arrived in Sydney on 1.12.1839. Angus Jr married 18 year old Jane McMillan b. 1828 Scotland - Arrived in Australia 9/4/1838 on the Minerva- m. on 1.3.1845 at the house of her father in Dungog.

Jane and Angus Jr. had ten children…seven of which were born at Hatfield Park, Williams River, Dungog. B11 Angus b. 25.2.1846 B12 Jane b.5.2.1848. B13 Martha b. 6.11.1849 B14 Jessie Ellen b. 3.11.1851. B15 Alexander b. 8.10.1853. B16 Robert b. 27.11.1855. B17 Margaret (Maggie) b. 12.5.1858. B18 Hugh 11.12.1862.

B19 Elizabeth b. 30.12.1865. B1Z Henry (Harry) was the 10th and youngest child of Jane and Angus Jr. b. posthumously on 25.5.1869 – Angus Jr died 22.5.1869 thus, he never saw his 10th child.

This Angus Jr and Jane McMillan marriage started an entirely different line of the Mackays…different to that of his father, Angus Snr, who is our line.

Angus Snr. returned to Aberdeen where he met and later married Christina Mackay. They were married in St. Nicholas' Church, the very same church where he had married Jane Clark. About 1825/26.

About 1831, the family moved to Farr; later they moved to Strathy Point, to Clare and Armadale. Farr and the Kyle of Tongue are only around the coastal corner from each other and, when word arrived about joining a Farmers' Scheme for New South Wales, put forward by the Governor of the Colony, Lachlan Macquarie, Angus took advantage of the enterprise.

He lowered his age to the acceptable limit of 40 years (so it is said?) was accepted and immigrated with his family to Australia on the SS James Moran , arriving in 1839.

Of factual necessity, the Australian Mackay history starts in Scotland. The recurrence of identical Christian names can confound the reader who is not familiar with the Mackay clan. Further, the marriage of a Mackay to a Mackay, perpetuated a mixture of identical naming taken from parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, thus making the tracing of the family line and exacting task.

Sometimes birth dates and Baptism dates conflict. Again – we have verbal/memory/actual conflict in information which has to be sorted to gain correct information.

Here we start with the line already mentioned – Donald Mackay – the widower left with a young son, Angus, and his second marriage on 10.2.1795 to Janet MacLeod

There five children of this marriage, and included is the 6th and eldest son Angus


*1. Angus B b.29.1.1795 Scotland d.7.10.1894 Death Reg 1766 NSW m. Christina Mackay d. 9.12.1895 Death Reg.12985 NSW

2. Elizabeth (Betsy) b. 1800 Scotland. d. 21.9.1862 Death Reg 5620 NSW

m.1826 William Mackay of Durness. d. 17.4.1876 Death Reg 1288 (289? 1289?)

They left Durness in Scotland on the SS Winifred arriving on 1.11.1856. There were seven children. It was said that the Winifred carried the cannons to fortify Sydney during the "Russian Scare"

(a) Mary (Mollie) C1 b. 1830 Scotland – came to Australia but never married.

(b) Donald C2 b.1832 Scotland– d. Gladstone Qld Jan 1917 m. 5.1.1858 Margaret Ross. Donald died after being an invalid for years. He had a broken thigh, being run over by a horse and buggy in 1912. They had seven children. William, John, Robert, Donald, Christina, Elizabeth and Mary.

(c) Mitchell Scobie C3 b. 1834 Scotland– d. 31.10.1916 m. 15.12.1864 Jane MacGregor of Maitland. b. 14.6.1842/3. They had 10 children. Duncan, William, Elizabeth, John, George, Isabella, Mary, Mitchell, Alexander and Catherine.

(d) Alexander.C5 b 1836 Scotland. d. 1911 – killed by a falling tree. It was said he was a dour person and never married. Alexander and William may have been twins as the dates of birth match. However – death years are the same too.

(e) William C4 b. 1836 Scotland. Never married d. 1911 aged 71 years


(f) Johanna. C6. b. 1841. Scotland d. 3.4.1912. m. 4.10.1860 cousin John Mackay d. 16.4.1894 son of Alexander and Barbara Mackay. She died eight months after the Rosedale tragedy.

(g) John Scobie C7 b.1844 Scotland. d. 21.2.1911. He never married.

Note: from the above you will see that three brothers died in 1911. Unusual events, unless the reports were incorrect at the time. 

3. Robert D b. 1802 Scotland d.(?) probably never married. He apparently stayed in Scotland when the family immigrated.

4. George E b. 1803 Scotland d. about 1851 married Neilla MacIntosh. There were eight children of this family; five boys and three girls. Janet, Betty, Marion, Donald, Alexander, Daniel, Angus** and Robert.

This **Angus married Hughina Mackay. Angus was a native of Tongue and is buried at Rogart. They had nine children, Nellie, Donald, Robert, Daniel and Angus (twins) Georgina, David, Alice and Isabella.

5. Alexander F b. Feb.1810 Scotland d. 5.2.1884 married - Barbara Mackay b. 5.10.1812, of Talmine, Melness, the daughter of John Mackay and Margaret Sutherland of Tongue on 3.2.1837. They immigrated to Australia sailing from Lochinvar on the James Moran in 1838 arriving on 11.2.1839.

6. Mary Anne G b. 1814/15 Scotland. d. 1892. She too came to Australia in 1838 on the James Moran m.William Rouse. She lived in Kilmore, Victoria. There was no family. Extensive searches do not confirm her marriage or status.

*Angus who married secondly – Christina Mackay. She was born in Aberdeen on 17.3.1802 the daughter of Alexander Mackay and Jessie Mackay. She died in Bowraville on 8.12.1895

Their children were:-

1. Donald b. 1829 in Scotland. d.22.11. 1912. Married Jane Walker in 1851 at Dungog NSW

2. Mary b. 1820 in Scotland. Kidnapped before the SS James Moran sailed. She married Alec Munro of Wick – there was no family.

3. Hugh MacKenzie - . b.1833 in Scotland. Married Janet Matheson on 24.5.1857, there were nine children Arrived in Australia with his parents on the SS Winifred from Lochinvar in 1839. (Kerryn Louise Scholler nee Daley family line)

4. James b. 4.7.1837 at Armadale, Scotland. d. 6.6.1918 . Married Elizabeth Grace of Kempsey in 1876.

5. William baptised 8.6.1838 Sutherlandshire, Scotland. On arrival in Sydney with his parents on the James Moran, on 11.2.1839 he was recorded aged 18 months. It is probably he died between 1839 and 1841.

6. *Jane BX b. 26.3.1840 baptised 12.4.1840 Dungog NSW d. 10.12.1931 

Married William Gaddes b. ca 1832 d. 12.4.1902 m. at Dungog on 1.7.1856


This is the Jane who reared, in all, children of five families including the destitute and motherless children from the Rosedale tragedy

· Jane BX above and William Gaddes are the beginning of the Gaddes Side of the family. Refer to page 37 Gaddes Storyboard. Australian Branch. William Gaddes married (1) Emma Byrnes (2) Esther Adina Brown.

· This Branch starts on page 345 of the Mackay/McKay book. The Gaddes Story Board refers to William and Jane's first son BX1 William (Willie) Gaddes, born in 1857 at Horseshoe Flat, William's River, Dungog NSW

· William died at Ask – Queensland in 1942.

7. Robert BW b. 1842. Dungog. NSW d. 16.8.1825 Married 1st to Mary Jane Grace – 2nd to Sarah Raymond.

8. Duncan Forbes BV b. 30.3.1845 Dungog. NSW d. 7.12.1883 - Never Married. 

Note: At this point – I believe the following is Kerryn (Daley) Scholler's Family tree. Reference Source is the Mackay McKay Book.

Hugh MacKenzie - b. 1833 Scotland. d. Wauchope 17.3.1912

Married Janet Matheson on 24.5.1857,

St. Josephs Church, East Maitland. There were nine children. Hugh arrived in Australia with his parents on the SS Winifred from Lochinvar in 1839.

Janet Matheson, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Matheson (nee Kennedy). She was born at Inverness, Scotland in 1835 and came to Australia with her parents on the ship Asia arriving in 1839. Janet died 4.11.1912 – the same year as Hugh.

They had 11 children

#1. Angus, - Angus is the B91 of the Mackay History.

2. Alexander

3. Christina

4. James

5. Mary Kennedy

6. John

7. Robert

8. William

9. Duncan Forbes

10. Hugh MacKenzie

11. Janet

#Angus was born on 15/12/1857 at Glen Esk, Rollands Plains NSW, he was the first born of Hugh McKenzie Mackay and Janet (Matheson) Mackay.

Angus married twice (1) Jane Tyrie, the daughter of Peter Wood Tyrie and Sarah Bell of Lansdowne, on 26.1.1884 at St. Mathews Church, Wingham. They lived at Moretons Creek where Angus worked in the timber industry and also as a teamster.

Jane died on 16/12/1902 and was buried at Beechwood. She left behind 9 children ranging down from 19 years to 9 months.

After Jane died, Angus travelled further north where he married his second wife, (2) Mary Stevenson. For a time he worked in areas from Bowraville to Coffs Harbour, before eventually residing in Gympie Queensland– where Angus and Mary reared their seven children.

Angus died on 4.8.1929 at Gympie and is buried in the old Gympie Cemetery.

After Angus' death, Mary married his cousin (B91Z of the book) Robert Mackay, a widower.

Mary died on 29.5.1958 and was also buried in the old Gympie Cemetery.

Here, we get McKay and Mackay – the spelling does not differentiate the families…

Our mother was Mackay and her brother Bill, McKay! 

Also we have established the Queensland Connection as – with most of the Mackay clan, they were established on the North Coast of NSW.

Check Mackay book starting at page 277 – 278 – 279 and move forward…look for Letter and matching numbers

Angus had a total of 16 children.

1.Sidney b 2.12.1883 B911 d. 31.5.1967 m. Hetty Dawson b. 1922 d. 4.7.1958

Three children: 

Hetty Isabella Jane (Belle) Ashley m. Darcy C. Powell

Marjorie May Beth b. 1926 m. Mervyn Little 1946 

Olive Hilda Sara McKay b. 1928 m. Arthur Edward Smith

2. Augustus (Gus) McKay b. 13.4.1885 B912 m. Catherine (Kate) Hamilton 18/4/1904

Gus died on 18.8.1958, Kate died on 11.4.1968. Both buried in Catholic Cemetery Coffs Harbour. They had 8 children, Horace, Cyril, Agnes, Olga, Harold, Hector, Margaret and Roy

Walda's Note: I believe this to be Aunty Gus (Kate); she lived across the road from us in Grafton Street . She was on the Sunnyside Hospital side of Grafton Street

3. Janet b. 31.1.1887 d. (? )B913 one known child, William (Bill)

4. Hugh Mackenzie b. 10.4.1889 B914 d. 26.12.1959 m. Ettie Corfe who died within days of Hugh in and accident on the night of Hugh's funeral.

Entry from a Derek Goodwin, researching the Fawcett/Wear side of the family…

10. EARL3 WEAR (JOHN2, JOHN WILLIAM1) was born 05 January 1914 in Bellingen, and died 03 March 1995 in Sydney. He married EDNA MAY MACKAY 1944 in Coffs Harbour, daughter of HUGH MACKAY and ETTIE CORFE. She was born 01 September 1925 in Coffs Harbour, and died in Lismore.

Notes for EARL WEAR:

Earl is buried in Coffs Harbour.

Children of EARL WEAR and EDNA MACKAY are:

12. i. JOYCE4 WEAR, b. 12 September 1947, Dorrigo.

13. ii. KEITH WEAR, b. 02 January 1950, Dorrigo.

5. Sarah Jane b. 10.3.1892 B915 d. 8.7.1935 m. Henry (Joe) Stone.

6 .Marjorie b. 7.12.1893 B916 d. 7.6.1976 .m. Alan Clayton Moore.

7. John George b.23.4.1897 B917 Killed by falling timber13.1.1906

8. Agnes Isobella, b, 18.9.1899 B918 d. 10.5.1987 m. William James Morgan.

9. Duncan Forbes b. 29.4.1901 B919 d.29.5.1985. m. Florence Sarah Roberts.

10. Alexander Stevenson b.25.6.1906 B91Z d. 6.10.1968

11.***Jessie Gaddes b. c.1907 d. Cairns(?) B91Y m. 15.6.1927- Raymond Norman Seeney. (photo of her page 302 of Mackay book)

12. Margaret Taylor B91X b 15.9.1909 d.1990 m. Arch Newberry d.4.8.1970

13. Doris Irene B91W b. 24.12.1911 d.13.6.1979 Moura Qld. M. Ernest Mayfield.

14. Florence McDonald B91V b.25.6.1914 d.31.7.1983 m. Charles Samuel Hay

15. Robert Neil B91U b. 1.8.1917 d. June 1977 m. Margaret Ann Strong (Rogers)

16. Jane Angusena B91T b.14.1.1920 m David John Brian Leigh

***Jessie Gaddes Mackay was 11th child of Angus Mackay and 2nd child of his 2nd wife, Jessie

Jessie Gaddes Mackay married 15th June, 1927, Raymond Norman Seeney at Gympie, Queensland.

Jessie and Raymond had three children.

Laura B91Y1 b 1926 m. Pat Maguire (children: Beverly B9111, Michael B91Y12, Carmel Ann B91Y13)

Raymond, B91Y2 deceased(?)

Yvonne Mackay B91Y3 b. 6.7.1929 Lismore NSW (still alive 2007) married

Roy Freeman who passed away 8/3/2007.

Yvonne and Roy had nine children

Robert Ronald, B91Y31 Merilyn Kay, B91Y32 James Arthur, B91Y33 David Jon, B91Y34 Yvonne Carol, B01Y35 Roy William, B91Y36

Peter Bruce, B91Y37 Colin Francis, B91Y38 Raelene Joy B91Y39

Merilyn Kay B91Y32…b. 1950 m. Daryl Russell Daley

B91Y32 1 Paul Anthony b. 1972

B91Y32 2 Kerryn Louise b. 15.5.1974#

B91Y32 3 Michele Kay b. 1978

#Kerryn Louise B91Y322 b.15.5.1974  m. 14.3.1998 Adam Eric Scholler C615131 b. 19.2.1972 Sydney


Deklan Matthew b. 2001 Rockhampton Qld

Alexis Louise b.2003 Rockhampton Qld

Hugh Mackenzie Mackay B9 b. c 1834 Sutherlandshire, Scotland.

Married Janet Matheson B9 b. 1835 Inverness, Scotland.

Hugh McKenzie Mackay was born about 1834 in Sutherlandshire, Scotland and arrive in Australia with his parents Angus and Christina Mackay on the ship James Moran from Lochinver in 1839

Hugh Married Janet Matheson, the daughter of Alexander and Mary Matheson (nee Kennedy) on 25.2.1857 at St. Josephs Church, East Maitland. (NSW). Janet was born at Inverness in Scotland in 1835 and came out with her parents on the ship Asia which arrived in Australia in 1839.

It was thought Hugh and Janet travelled north with Alexander and Barbara Mackay, as their first child was born at Glen Esk, Rollands Plains (NSW) in 1857. From there, they moved to Frasers Creek in the Wauchope District where Hugh had a property, and they resided there for the remainder of their lives. Hugh also worked as a teamster as did most of his sons.

Hugh died on 17.3.1912 and was buried at the Crossroads Cemetery at Wauchope. Janet died the same year on 4.11.1912 and was buried at Beechwood.

They had 11 children,

Angus, Alexander, Christina, James, Mary Kennedy, Robert, William, Duncan Forbes, Hugh McKenzie and Archibald.

B91 Angus Mackay born on 15.12.1857 at Glen Esk, Rollands Plains NSW, was the firs born child of Hugh McKenzie and Janet Mackay

Her married twice

(1) Jane Tyrie (the daughter of Peter Wood Tyre and Sarah Bell, of Lansdowne) on 26.1.1884 at St. Matthews Church, Wingham. After their marriage, they lived at Mortons Creek where Angus worked in the timber industry and also as a teamster.

Jane died on 16.12.1902 and was buried at Beechwood. She left behind her 9 children, ranging in ages from 19 years to 19 months, some of who were cared for by their Grandmother, Janet Mackay while others went to live with their Aunts.

After the death of Jane, Angus travelled further north, where he married his second wife, Mary Stevenson. For a time he worked in areas from Bowraville to Coffs Harbour, before eventually residing in Gympie where Angus and Mary reared their 7 children.

Angus died on 4.8.1929 at Gympie and was buried in the Old Gympie Cemetery.

After Angus' death, Mary married his cousin (B7Z) Robert Mackay (widower)


Mary died on 29.5.1958 and was buried in the old Gympie Cemetery

Note; Angus spelt his name Mackay, and its variation was found written in his Bible but all of his first family spelt their surname McKay

Angus had a total of 16 children, of whom Jessie Gaddes Mackay was the 11th child.

Passenger list of the James Moran.

Abbreviations used below are:

R Read W Write;

r read a little;

s.o. - son of;

d.o. - daughter of (not 'ditto');

RS - Rosshire;

SS - Sutherlandshire;

CS - Caithness


Married couples.

1. Bain Alexander, 28 Gairloch RS, s.o. Donald, R. Catherine, 26 Gairloch RS, d.o. Catherine McAulay

2. Ferguson Duncan 40, Perth s.o. Donald, R. Mary 35, Perth d.o. Catherine Carmichael, R. John 19, Janet? 17 (name illegible), Nanny 14,Kate 12, Mary 10, Bell 8,Alexandrine 6, Janet 2, Duncan 9 months.

3. Fraser William, 55, Loch Broom RS s.o. Thomas. Kate, 54, -----"------"---- " d.o. Sandy McGregor. Flora 22, Mary 20, Isabella 18,Roderick,John (twins) 16, Thomas 12.

4. McDonald Donald, 37 RS s.o. Roderick. Kate, 29 RS d.o. Donald McCregh & Ann. Catherine 12, Sandy 10, Roddy 7, Mary-Bell-Donald 2½.

5. McKay Alexander, 29, Tongue SS, s.o. Donald, Janet McLeod, RW. Barbara, 26, -----"----- ", d.o. John McKay, Margaret Sutherland. John, 1.

6. McKay Angus, 40, Fir SS, s.o. Angus of Tongue - Joiner, RW. Christina 36, Loth SS, d.o. Alex McKay (reads a little) r. Angus 20, Elizabeth 18, Margaret 17, Donald 10,Hugh McKenzie 6, James 3, William 1

7. McKay Donald, 38, Dornoch SS, s.o. Donald, RW. Louisa, 34, ---"------- " William 19, Alexander 16, Mary 15, Donald 11, Hugh 10, Hugh the younger 9 4, Thomas 5 months.

8. McKay William (shown McCoy); 40, Tongue SS, s.o. Hugh McKay, soldier in 73rd. Tailor, RW. Hessiah? - native of Sydney NSW, d.o. William Adams, Sgt. in 102 Regiment and May (wife). Hugh 23, William 20, Frederick 16, Eric 14, Mary 10, Angusena 7, John 3.

9. Mackay Duncan 37, Eddrachillts SS, s.o. Donald & Peggy McDermott,RW Peggy, 32, Durness SS, d.o. Hugh MacKay & May Clarke of Tongue. Joannie 12, Fairlee 11, Collina 9, George 7, Mary 6, Peggy 4, Barbara 1.

10. McKenzie Charles 37, Geirloch RS, s.o. Alex, RW. Bell 27, ------" -------" , d.o. Christine Ross, RW John 10, Alexander 8, Kenneth 4.

11.. McKenzie Roderick, 50, Loughborrow RS, s.o. Kenneth Barbara, 46, ------" ---------" Christine 22, Arebella 20, John 18, Kenneth 14.

12. McKenzie Talbert? Poolewe RS s.o. Hector and Peggy Mauriceson, RW. Isabella, 26, d.o. Donald Mauriceson & Mary McDonald, RW. Hector 4, John 2½, also under Isabella's protection a girl Murdochinen? 10.

13. McKenzie Thomas, 32, Resolus? RS, s.o. James Adj: Militia, Joiner,RW. Fanny, 30, Assynt, SS, d.o. Mary McDougall, RW.

14. McKenzie Thomas, 40 Pillieu? RS, s.o.Thomas the Blacksmith and Kate McClennan. Mary, 40, Loch Broom d.o. Hector-Bell McDonald. Barbara 20, Janet 17, Thomas 15, Hettor 12, Georgine 8, Kenneth 3.

15. McLeod Alexander, 38, L. Broom, s.o. Kenneth Ann, 38 Murdoch 14, Donald 11, Martha 9, Kenneth 3.

16. McLeod Angus, 43, Assynt 55, s.o. Donald, R.

Isabella, --.Alexander 21, Murdoch 19, Hugh 16, George? 14, John 12, Elley 10, Donald 7, James 4, Roderick 1.

17. McPherson Donald, 37 Gairloch RS, s.o. John & Jenny Blacksmith. Christie?, 30 Eaclach? RS,d.o. Duncan McKenzie,postmaster. Isabella,11, John 10, Duncan 8, Jessie? 3, and Daniel Ferguson McPherson born at sea.

18. Morrison Hugh - Inverness Boatbuilder, s.o. Angus and Euphemie McLennon, RW. Catherine 24, Sutherland, d.o. John Murray RW. Euphemia, boy (twins) 4½, Catherine 2½.

9. Munro* Alexander 31, Tongue, 55, s.o. Hugh (tailor) RW. Ann, 29, Fordyce? Benffshire (Cook).

20. Munro* Donald 24, s.o. William below. RW. Janet, 16, Tongue SS, d.o. Mary McPherson, R.

21. Munro* William, 45, Bettyhill Leirg, SS, s.o. Donald, R. Ann, 40, -----"-------- "---- ",d.o.John & Ann Mackay,RW. D Ann 21, Jane 19, Angus 15,Hughena 12, Catherine 10, Barbara 8.

(* spelling varied then as now. Emigration records show Monroe, but the signed petition shows Munro.)

22. Nicholson John - Inverness Boat builder,s.o.Angus & EupheDmia McLennon. Catherine, 24, Sutherland, d.o. John Murray, RW. Etiphemie, Boy (twins) 4½, Catherine 2½.

23. Patterson Michael, 33 Agglesham, nr Alnwick, Northumberland, s.o. Anthony, Shepherd & Cattle dealer, living at Boiriston? CS, RW. Mary, 26, Ray, CS,d.o. Thomas Patterson and Janet Henderson, RW. Janet 8, Anthony 6, Thomas 4, John 2, Peter infant b. 10.8.1838

24. Swanson John 22, Thurso, CS, s.o. David Wheelwright, RW.Christina, 18," ",d.o. Jean McKenzie, RW.


25. Chisholm, Christie, 30 Eacloch,RS, d.o. Roderick and Christina McGregor, R.

Kenneth, 11, Donald 10, Alex 7, John 4.

26. McSeachy, Rebecca, 28, Belfast, Nursemaid, RW. Eliza 3.

27. Mackay, Janet, 41, d.o. Christine MacKay. Ann, 20, Wilhelmina 16, Christina 14.

Men - Unmarried.

28. Carmichael, Alex, 19, Loch Broom, RW.

29. Dickson, Thos. Wm., 19, Glasgow ex Yorkshire, RW.

30. McDonald, Charles, 21, R.

31. ----"------, William, 20, Hassan SS (Assynt)?

32. McLennon, Donald, 20, Eailoch, 55, RW.

33. -----"-----, John, 21, Hassett, (Assynt)?

34. McLeod, (McCloud) Alex, 30, Assynt SS, s.o Angus & Barbara Shoemaker.

35. ----"----, Donald,23, Adderach, SS, RW.

36. ----"----, (Mccloud) Neil, 30, Assynt, SS, RW.

37. ----"----, D Robert, 22, SS, RW.

38. ----"----, William, 23, Hassnett, S5 (Assynt)?

39. Mackay, Alex 24, Clyne, 55, s.o. Robert & Janet Shoemaker, RW.

40. ----"----, Donald, 20, Irribull? SS, Tailor, RW


41. Mackenzie, Angus, 27, Eddrechillis, SS, Schoolmaster, RW.

42. ----"------, John, 24, Gairloch, RS, RW.

43. McRae, (McRoy) 27, SS Carpenter, RW.

44. ---"---, (McCreagh) John 24, RS, RW.

45. McReulle?, John, 28, Failoch, RS, Shoemaker.

46. Moyatt, William, 23, Thurso, CS, Carpenter, RW.

47. Munro, Alex, 28 Kincardine, RS, s.o. Findley & Alexandrina Ross, house Carpenter, RW.

48. ---"---, James, 22, brother of above - Carpenter, RW.

49. ---"---, William, 26, --"---- "--- "-------- "--------- "

50. Nicholson, Donald 25, Assynt, SS,Carp-Boat builder, RW.

51. Paterson, James, 34, Eglingham? in Northumberland, RW, s.o. Andrew

- relative of 23?

52. ----"----, H.Y., 29, Ray, CS, s.o. Thomas & (Tongue) Janet Henderson, RW.

53. ----"----, William, 19, believed to be brother of the above, RW.

54. Sinclair, James, 29, Thurso, CS, s.o. Arthur Lt. in RS Militia,RW.

55. Urguhart, Kenneth, 38, Eailoch, RS, s.o. Donald (Arracott!) and and Isabella McGregor, RW.

Women - Unmarried.

56. Grant, Ann, 16 Dirdcroft, RS, d.o. William Grant shopkeeper in Stuldag? and Peggy, RW.

57. McDonald, Janet, 27, Assynt, SS d.o. Angus & Barbara McLeod.

58. ----"------, Mary, 20, ---"----- " --" ----"---- "----- "------ "

59. McLeod (McCloud), Catherine, 28, Assynt, Loch Inver R.

60. ----"----, Margaret, 25, ---------------"------- "--- "--- R. d.o. John (probably sisters) .

61. Mackay, Catherine, 25, Assynt SS, d.o. Kenneth. cooper on Loch Broom - Reads Gaelic.

62. Mackay, Mary Anne, 23, Tongue 55, R.

63. ---"----, Rachael, 17, Erriboll, R.

64. Mackenzie, Anne, 28, Gairloch, RS, RW

65. ----"------, Isabella, 27, Assynt, Nurse, R.

66. Maureson, Helena,19,Perleur, RW.

67. Munro, Anne,24, Kincendrine, RS, d.o. Findlay & Alexendrina Ross,R.

68. ---"---, Christina, 20,-These two girls are obviously sisters of the Munro brothers 47,48, 49, above.