John MacPherson

John MacPherson

Male 1850 - 1936  (86 years)

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  • Name John MacPherson 
    Born 30 Mar 1850  Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 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.


      Totara House and some of the remaining land were purchased by the estate manager, John Macpherson. The rest was bought by the government and subdivided into 26 farms before being put up for sale in 1907.

      The wonderfully restored buildings visitors can see today were purchased by Heritage New Zealand (then the Historic Places Trust) in 1980. Utilitarian but made of beautiful Oamaru stone, they stand as a tribute to the toil and determination of the early pioneers.

      1878 sale - 6000 acres

      Timaru Herald, 7 June 1886, Page 3
      The Pareora Estate managed by Alexander Macpherson, Esq,

      Timaru Herald, 15 April 1893, Page 1 Land District of Canterbury.
      It is hereby notified, in terms of the Land Act, 1892, that the Leases of the Blocks of Crown Land specified hereunder, will be offered for disposal in the manner and at the time stated :
      SMALL GRAZING RUNS Under Part V. of the Land Act, 1892, to be opended for application. At this Office on and after Thursday, April 20th, 1893.
      2 Runs of 1356 and 1900 acres, parts of the Ashwick Station
      Run 38. 3700 acres, part of the Pareora Station.
      Lithograph Plans may be seen at Railway Stations' and Post Offices, And at this Office, where full particulars and forms may be obtained. J. W. A. MARCHANT, Commissioner of Crown Lands. District Lands and Survey Office, Christchurch.


      The following is a transcript from the
      Timaru Herald Friday June 9th 1876 pg3
      The Star [ ] June 7th 1876, pg 2 online on the National Library of NZ website

      These two vessels were signalled yesterday afternoon, but being too far off, so the s.s. Akaroa went down last evening to find out what they were, and to tow them, if required. The ship from the South proved to be the expected Desdomona, from London, 103 day out, all well. On the Akaroa going alongside, it was found that Captain Towill would not require the steamer's services, so she then proceeded to the other vessel from the North, which was the Fernglen, ship, 818 tons, Fraser, from Wellington, and took her in tow. On getting off Little Port Cooper, the weather was so squally that the steamer had to let go; when the Fernglen anchored. The Akaroa will bring her higher up the harbour this afternoon, weather permitting.

      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.

      The Star Thursday 8 June 1876
      Cleared - June 8 - Countess of Kintore, ship, 738 tons, Norie, for London.

      This vessel was signalled from the South on Tuesday. The Desdemona anchored about three miles outside the heads; got under weigh again yesterday afternoon, beat in under the charge of Pilot Wood, and brought up abreast of Little Port Cooper. The Health Officer speedily passed the vessel. Built in 1875 by W.H. Potter and Co., and is owned by C.T. Bowring and Co., of Liverpool. This is her second voyage, the first having been made to Calcutta. The following are her dimensions: length 230ft, beam 37ft 6", depth of hold 23ft. Her rig is peculiar, there being double topgallant yards and no royal-mast. She has no stern cabins. Her second, third class and steerage accommodation is very bad, no distinction being made, and the ventilation being decidedly unhealthy. The lighting of the whole compartment also is so deficient that it would be impossible to read the largest print on the brightest day when below. The Desdemona brings out a large quantity of stock, comprising five bulls and fourteen sheep. Only one sheep has died during the passage. Her deck was badly lumbered up, chiefly by a fine steam launch, imported by Messrs Agar and Roberts, Lyttelton, which occupied a great deal of space. This launch seems admirably made, and is fitted with twin-screws[ her length is 39ft and beam 10ft 9". The ship comes consigned to the N.Z.S. Company, and brings one of the largest cargoes that has ever arrived in Lyttelton - about 2700 tons.

      Voyage Account
      The ship, Desdemona, comes consigned to the N.Z. S. Company, and brings one of the largest general cargos that has ever arrived in Lyttelton. Sailed from the Downs on Feb. 20, landed the Pilot off the Start on Feb. 25. .... Anchored off Lyttelton Heads on June 6, at 8 p.m., all well, thus making the passage in 101 days.

      The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
      Mr. John Macpherson

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      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. For six years prior to coming to New Zealand, he served under a civil engineer in the slate quarries of North Wales. In 1876 Mr. Macpherson arrived at Lytteiton 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. Mr. Macpherson has been an active member of the North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and at one time held office as vice-president. He has represented the Waitaki Council for a number of years on the Oamaru Harbour Board, and now represents Kakanui riding in the Waitaki County Council; and in the early days he served as a member of the Kakanui Road Board. Mr. Macpherson was married in April, 1889, to a daughter of the late Mr. W. S. Trotter, of Roslin, Southland, and has three sons and two daughters.

      Jane Sinclair Trotter, born in 1864, father, William Sinclair Trotter, mother, Isabella Jedson Trotter, birth registration No., 1864/22116
      (New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966 )

      Name: John Macpherson
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 1889
      Event Place: New Zealand
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's Name: Jane Sinclair Trotter
      Spouse's Gender: Female
      Registration Number: 1889/1773
      (New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966 )

      Jane Sinclair Trotter Macpherson died on 11 Apr 1941in Oamaru.

    Christened 23 Apr 1850  Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Oct 1936  Oamaru , South Island, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 7 Oct 1936  Oamaru Old Presbyterian Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John MACPHERSON, 86
      Date of Burial 07 October 1936
      Cemetery Oamaru Old - Presbyterian
      Block 2
      Plot 15
      (Oamaru Cemetery Online Search)

      Jane Sinclair MACPHERSON, 77
      Date of Burial 12 April 1941
      Cemetery: Oamaru Old - Presbyterian
      Block 2
      Plot 15
      (Oamaru Cemetery Online Search)
    Person ID I16389  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

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    Mr. John McPherson
    Mr. John McPherson
    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. For six years prior to coming to New Zealand, he served under a civil engineer in the slate quarries of North Wales. In 1876 Mr. Macpherson arrived at Lytteiton 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. Mr. Macpherson has been an active member of the North Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and at one time held office as vice-president. He has represented the Waitaki Council for a number of years on the Oamaru Harbour Board, and now represents Kakanui riding in the Waitaki County Council; and in the early days he served as a member of the Kakanui Road Board. Mr. Macpherson was married in April, 1889, to a daughter of the late Mr. W. S. Trotter, of Roslin, Southland, and has three sons and two daughters.


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