Alexander  MacPherson

Alexander MacPherson

Male 1855 - 1940  (84 years)

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  • Name Alexander MacPherson 
    Born 18 Sep 1855  Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Alexander McPherson
      Event Type: Birth
      Event Date: 18 Sep 1855
      Event Place: Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Event Place (Original): Logierait, Perth, Scotland
      Gender: Male
      Father's Name: William McPherson
      Mother's Name: Margaret Stewart
      (Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 )

      Name: Johnn McPherson
      Event Type: Christening
      Event Date: 23 Apr 1850
      Event Type: Birth
      Event Date: 30 Mar 1850
      Event Place: Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Event Place (Original): Logierait, Perth, Scotland
      Gender: Male
      Father's Name: William McPherson
      Mother's Name: Margaret Stewart
      (Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 )

      The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
      Mr. John Macpherson, Manager of the Totara Estate, was born in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1850. He was educated by his father, the late Mr. W. Macpherson, F.E.I.S., at Daniel Stewart's Free School, Strathtay, and brought up to a country life. In 1876 Mr. Macpherson arrived at Lyttelton by the ship ?Desdemona,? under engagement to the company, in whose service he still continues. After a short time on the company's Pareora, Levels and Hakataramea estates, he was, in 1879, appointed to ?Totara,? and for a number of years he also managed the Ardgowan property, acquired by the Government in 1895, for close settlement.

      Name: William McPherson
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 29 Jul 1843
      Event Place: Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Event Place (Original): Logierait, Perth, Scotland
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's Name: Margaret Stewart
      Spouse's Gender: Female
      (Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910 )

      Papers Past, New Zealand
      Arrived June 6-Desdemona, ship, 1,490 tons, Towill, from London. The ship, Desdemona, arrived at Lyttelton from London on Wednesday, after an uneventful passage of 180 days. She brings a cargo of 2,700 tons. 32 passengers.

      The following is her cabin passenger list: -

      Second cabin:
      Atkinson Mr and Mrs W
      Cleland Mr George A.
      Denny Mr C
      Metcalf Mr and Mrs A.
      McPherson Mr Jno.
      McPherson Mr Alex.
      Hussey Mr W.J.
      Toplady Mr W.
      Youth Mr H
      Walker Mr T.A.



      Mr Alexander Macpherson, Fields Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Christchurch

      Mr A. Macpherson, Director of Field Experiments for the South Island.

      Press, 17 April 1918, Page 7
      Lieutenant Allister Ewen Macpherson (wounded) is the only son of Mr Alexander Macpherson, Fields Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Christchurch. Lieutenant Macpherson who is 20 years of age, and is married, was born at Longburn, near Palmerston North, and received his education at the East Christchurch and West Christchurch Schools. After leaving school he was for a time in the employ of Messrs Butterworth Brothers, warehousemen, and afterwards he was a clerk with Messrs J. Montgomery and Co., seed merchants. Later he was in the employ of Messrs A. W. Smith and Son, as a sales agent. Lieutenant Macpherson left the Dominion as officer commanding "G'' Company of the 26th Reinforcements. Mr Macpherson has received a cable message from his son from a hospital in France, stating that his wound is not serious.

      Ashburton Guardian, 10 September 1918, Page 4
      Lieutenant Allister McEwen Macpherson, killed in action on August 26, was the only son of Mr A. Macpherson, Director of Field Experiments for the South Island. Lieutenant Macpherson was an old Territorial, having earned his commission on April 15, 1912. He left New Zealand in command G Company of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in the Twenty-sixth Reinforcements, and had seen about 15 months' service in France.

      Lieutenant Allister Ewen Macpherson
      New Zealand Rifle Brigade
      Date of death: 26/08/1918 (aged 26)
      Cemetery: ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
      Son of Alexander and Maria Macpherson, of Christchurch; husband of Edith May Macpherson, of 372, Hereford St., Christchurch, New Zealand

      Alexander Macpherson worked for NZ and Australian Land Co., South Canterbury, Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Co., Manawatu, becomes first inspector appointed to Dept. of Agriculture, Christchurch, retiring 1921.

      Timaru Herald, 10 March 1891, Page 4
      On the evening of Friday last the employees and friends of Mr Alexander Macpherson, late manager of the Pareora estate, assembled at the at Andrew's Library to bid him goodbye. Mr Millar, one of the oldest employees on the station, presented Mr Alexander Macpherson with a purse sovereigns. He had known Mr Macpherson for the fourteen years. Mr Moynahan proposed the health of Mr Lyall, the new manager, and referred to a report in the Timaru Herald, showing the high esteem in which Mr Lyall was held by the residents of the Cave. Mr Tooley head shepherd of the Pareora estate sang a naval song.

      Otago Witness 4 June 1886, Page 14
      Timaru, June 2. On Tuesday night, at St. Andrew's, Mr Alexander Macpherson, late manager of the Pareora Estate, and who is known as a keen lover of coursing, was presented with a gold watch, chain, and locket by the men on the station, and with a purse of sovereigns by his many friends in South Canterbury.

      Pareora Estate (never station) is bounded by the river of that name on the north, by the Otaio River on the South, and by the ocean on the east. In 1864 David Innes sold to the New Zealand and Australian Land Co., a Scottish company and the homestead "Charlcombe" was standing by 1867. The company sold portions of the land and the Government took some for closer settlement. Pareora No 1 settlement 1894 - Springbrook. Otaio settlement 1895. Pareora No 2 Settlement 1900 - Lyalldale. James Macdonald, kin to the Macdonalds of Orari succeed Francis Worcester Stubbs in 1863 when there was 20,000 sheep. Alexander MacPherson was the manager of Pareora for six years. He was a very good and diligent manager of the Estate. George Lyall was the last manager. William Harris Harris took up the a run in South Canterbury in 1855, 25,000 acres south of the Waihao river on the south bank of which he built his Waikakahi homestead and went into partnership with David Innes of Pareora around 1855. Harris freeholded 4000 acres of his run and had James Macdonald, who lived at Pareora as manager of all the partner's runs. Dan Macdonald was the next manager on Waikakahi. The partnership was dissolved in 1864 with Waikakahi reverting to and Harris who sold it to John and Allan McLean and Harris went to live in England. Harris' run became the Waikakahi and was subdivided 1898/1899.

      Timaru Herald Tuesday 18 January 1887 Marriage Presbyterian - Alexander Macpherson, age 31 to Emma Gray, age 23

      MACPHERSON-GRAY-On January 13th, at Timaru, by the Rev. William Gillies, A. Macpherson, Pareora Estate, to Emma, second daughter of the late Richard Gray, Timaru.

      Timaru Herald Death 1887
      MACPHERSON - July 8th, at the Grosvenor Hotel, Emma, the beloved wife of A. Macpherson, Manager of the Pareora Estate, aged 25 years.

      Timaru Herald Saturday 9 July 1887 Funeral Notice
      The friends of Alex. MACPHERSON are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his wife, which will leave the Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru, tomorrow (Sunday) the 10th inst., at 2.30 p.m. J.E. Beckingham, undertaker. [buried at the Timaru Cemetery, no headstone]

      The Star Monday 11 July 1887 page 3
      The funeral of Mrs A. Macpherson, the young wife of the popular manager of the Pareora station, took place yesterday. The deceased had been married less than 12 months, and was a daughter of Mrs BROWN, formerly of St Andrew's and now the Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru. General sympathy is expressed for Mr Macpherson, whose name for kindness is a household word in South Canterbury.

      Timaru Herald, 11 July 1887, Page 2
      The funeral of the late Mrs Macpherson took place yesterday afternoon, and was attended by a very large number of people. Among the chief mourners were Mr Alex. Macpherson (late husband of the deceased young lady), Messrs Brown, Gray, and John Macpherson, and we noticed amongst the other mourners members from all parts of the country districts in South Canterbury and North Otago. The service at the mortuary chapel and the grave was conducted by the Rev. L. C. Brady, and was listened to with the greatest attention. The bereaved relatives are most deeply sympathised with by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

      Presbyterian marriage - Timaru. Alexander MACPHERSON, 35, married 16 March 1891 to Maria Gray, age 25.

      Otago Witness 17 December 1891, Page 18
      Mr Alexander Macpherson, late manager of the Land Company's Pareora Estate, has obtained the appointment of secretary to the Longburn Freezing Company, out of about 100 applicants.

      Feilding Star, 9 October 1895, Page 2
      Mr Alexander MacPherson has been appointed Official Liquidator of the Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Company.

      Birth: Allister Ewen Macpherson was born to Maria and Alexander Macpherson in 1892. He married Edith May Smith in 1916. Lieutenant A.E. Macpherson, NZRB, embarked 12 June 1917 and died of wounds near Pas de Calais, France 26 August 1918. Serial No. 41211. NOK: Mrs E.M. Macpherson (wife), 372 Hereford Street, Linwood, Christchurch.
    Gender Male 
    Personal 1855-1940  Perthshire, Scotland and New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mr. Alexander Macpherson, Government Inspector of Dairies, Christchurch, entered the New Zealand Government service at Wellington, in March, 1900, and was appointed to his present position in January, 1901. He was born in the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland, on the 18th of September, 1855, and is a son of Mr. William Macpherson, F.E.I.S., Headmaster of the Daniel Stewart Institution, Strath Tay. Mr. Macpherson was educated at that institution, under his father, and was trained as a teacher. He was subsequently engaged as headmaster of various Scottish schools, but in 1876 he left his native land for New Zealand, and arrived at Lyttelton, on the 22nd of June. Shortly afterwards he entered the service of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, Ltd., in whose employment he was for fifteen years, for six years as overseer, and nine years as manager of their Pareora Estate. He resigned that position in 1891, and accepted an appointment as secretary and general manager of the Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Company, Limited, Palmerston North. In 1895 the company went into liquidation, and Mr Macpherson was appointed official liquidator by the Supreme Court, and was complimented by Judge Kettle for the creditable way in which he fulfilled his duties. Before leaving Scotland, Mr. Macpherson was an ardent volunteer. At the age of nine years, he was a bugler in the Breadalbane Highlanders, and at thirteen he entered the ranks of the fifth volunteer battalion of Royal Highlanders, Black Watch. He has long been associated with Caledonian societies in New Zealand; was vice-president of the Palmerston North Caledonian Society, and was for three years President of the St. Andrew's Caledonian Society in the Timaru district.
     
    Died 28 Aug 1940  Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Registration Number: 1940/17989
      Family Name: Macpherson
      Given Name(s): Alexander
      Date of Birth/
      Age at Death: 85 Y
      (Births, Deaths and Marriages Online, New Zealand Government)
      (Born 1957)
      Died in Dunedin 28 Aug 1940
      (New Zealand Marriages Online, New Zealand Government)

      Born 1853)

      Registration Number:1942/22268
      Family Name: Macpherson
      Given Name(s):Maria
      Date of Birth/
      Age at Death: 70Y
      (Births, Deaths and Marriages Online, New Zealand
      Government)

      In Alexander MacPherson's Will (Death in Dunedin 28 Aug 1940) Maria MacPherson stated that to that the best of her knowledge, she was born at Leamington in Warwickshire, England, and spent her childhood with her parents at Leamington. She had been informed by John MacPherson, brother of her late husband Alexander MacPherson was porn at Pertshire in Scotland

      (Born 1872)

    Buried Andersens Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Surname MACPHERSON
      Forename ALEXANDER
      Age 85 Years
      Gender Male
      Date of Death 28 Aug 1940
      Last Address DUNEDIN HOSPITAL, DUNEDIN
      Next of Kin
      Funeral Director Hugh Gourley Ltd, Grant Street, DUNEDIN
      Cemetery ANDERSONS BAY CEMETERY
      Location Block 42A. Plot 26
      Date of Burial 29 Aug 1940
      Type Burial
      Occupation
      Place of Birth
      Date of Birth Not recorded
      Notes Original reference:- A19400845
      Occupation:- FARMER
      Native of:- SCOTLAND
      Years in NZ:- 64
      Place died:- DUNEDIN
      (Dunedin Council Cemetery Search)

      The following information is recorded in the Cemeteries Database.

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      Cemetery Details Surname MACPHERSON
      Forename MARIA
      Age 74 Years
      Gender Female
      Date of Death 26 Aug 1945
      Last Address 71 QUEENS DRIVE DUNEDIN
      Next of Kin
      Funeral Director Hugh Gourley Ltd, Grant Street, DUNEDIN
      Cemetery ANDERSONS BAY CEMETERY
      Location Block 42A. Plot 26
      Date of Burial 28 Aug 1945
      Type Burial
      Occupation
      Place of Birth
      Date of Birth Not recorded
      Notes Original reference:- A19450864
      Occupation:- WIDOW
      Native of:- NZ
      Place died:- DUNEDIN
      (Dunedin Council Cemetery Search)
    Person ID I16380  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 21 May 2020 

    Father William MacPherson,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1891, F.E.I.S., Strathtay, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Margaret Stewart 
    Married 29 Jul 1843  Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Name: William McPherson
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 29 Jul 1843
      Event Place: Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
      Event Place (Original): Logierait, Perth, Scotland
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's Name: Margaret Stewart
      Spouse's Gender: Female
      (Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910 )
    Family ID F5861  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Emma Gray,   b. Abt 1861, Wimborne, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1887, Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1887  South Island, New Zwaland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Timaru Herald Tuesday 18 January 1887 Marriage Presbyterian - Alexander Macpherson, age 31 to Emma Gray, age 23

      MACPHERSON-GRAY-On January 13th, at Timaru, by the Rev. William Gillies, A. Macpherson, Pareora Estate, to Emma, second daughter of the late Richard Gray, Timaru.
    Last Modified 20 May 2020 
    Family ID F5863  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Maria Gray,   b. Abt 1864?, Cubbington, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1945, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1891  Timaru, South Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Timaru Herald, 24 March 1891, Page 2 MARRIAGES.
      Macpherson-Gray. On the 16th March, at the residence of the bride, Otipua Road, by the Rev. W. Gillies, Alexander Macpherson, third son of the late William Macpherson, F.E.I.S., Strathtay, Perthshire, Scotland, to Maria, third daughter of the late Richard Gray, Leamington, Warwickshire, England.
    Children 
    +1. Allister Ewen/ McEwen MacPherson,   b. 8 Jan 1892, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1918, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F5860  Group Sheet

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    Alexander MacPerson
    Mr. Alexander Macpherson, Government Inspector of Dairies, Christchurch, entered the New Zealand Government service at Wellington, in March, 1900, and was appointed to his present position in January, 1901. He was born in the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland, on the 18th of September, 1855, and is a son of Mr. William Macpherson, F.E.I.S., Headmaster of the Daniel Stewart Institution, Strath Tay. Mr. Macpherson was educated at that institution, under his father, and was trained as a teacher. He was subsequently engaged as headmaster of various Scottish schools, but in 1876 he left his native land for New Zealand, and arrived at Lyttelton, on the 22nd of June. Shortly afterwards he entered the service of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, Ltd., in whose employment he was for fifteen years, for six years as overseer, and nine years as manager of their Pareora Estate. He resigned that position in 1891, and accepted an appointment as secretary and general manager of the Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Company, Limited, Palmerston North. In 1895 the company went into liquidation, and Mr Macpherson was appointed official liquidator by the Supreme Court, and was complimented by Judge Kettle for the creditable way in which he fulfilled his duties. Before leaving Scotland, Mr. Macpherson was an ardent volunteer. At the age of nine years, he was a bugler in the Breadalbane Highlanders, and at thirteen he entered the ranks of the fifth volunteer battalion of Royal Highlanders, Black Watch. He has long been associated with Caledonian societies in New Zealand; was vice-president of the Palmerston North Caledonian Society, and was for three years President of the St. Andrew's Caledonian Society in the Timaru district.


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