John McKenzie and Rebecca Rook – Taralga

John McKenzie was the fourth child of Alexander McKenzie and wife Ann McLean, and accompanied his parents on their journey from the Isle of Skye Scotland to Australia in 1837.

John married Rebecca Rook who came from  Childerley in the UK, and they were early pioneers of the Taralga / Richlands area near Goulburn – read a 1938 account of the pioneer days of Taralga.

Some of the information below comes from Don McKenzie’s “Over the Sea from Skye” –  family tree of John and Rebecca – and needs to be verified.

  1. John b 1835 Armadale, Isle of Skye. d. 25-03-1918 in Marmont’s Flat, Taralga, buried 27-03-1918 in Presb Cem, Stonequarry, Taralga, occupation Farmer. He married Rebecca Rook, married 29-07-1865 in Church of Scotland, Redbank, Taralga, b. 14-02-1848 in Childerley, Cambridgeshire, d. 06-10-1930 in Marmont’s Flat, Richlands, Taralga, buried 07-10-1930 in Presb Cem, Stonequarry, Taralga. Nearly 50 members of the John McKenzie branch of Alexander Jnr & Ann McKenzie are buried at Stonequarry Cemetery at Taralga. At Rebecca’s death she was survived by 8 sons & 2 daughters – was he Chair of the Yalbraith Butter Factory (?)
    1. Angus McKenzie, b. 6-09-1864 or 1874? in Marmonts Flat living in Fiji in 1941 – went to live there in 1919 never married
    2. Sarah McKenzie b 1866 d 1866
    3. John A McKenzie b 1867
    4. George McKenzie, b. 19-06-1869 in Marmonts Flat m. Irene Everingham
    5. Donald McKenzie, b. 25-05-1871 in Marmonts Flat. married Mary White in 1893 in Taralga
    6. John McKenzie b 1875
    7. Hugh McKenzie b 1878 lived at Burra Lake married Miss Anne McNeilly of Taralga at the Presbyterian Church Taralga in 1916 and then lived at “Richlands
      1. Jean
      2. Joan
      3. Marie
      4. Margaret
      5. John
      6. Grace
    8. Ann Jane McKenzie b 1880 married Martin Cassera
    9. Elizabeth Mary McKenzie m. Charles Shaw
    10. Archibald McKenzie of Glen Lee Richlands ( – d 1941 – buried at Stonequarry Cemetery) lived at Richlands married Elizabeth A Howarth who died in 1946 buried at Stonequarry Cemetery Taralga
      1. John McKenzie married Joan ?
      2. Max McKenzie
      3. Lionel McKenzie
      4. Percy McKenzie
      5. Ruby McKenzie married H Baxter
      6. Mary McKenzie married George White
      7. Vera McKenzie married Robertson
      8. Connie McKenziemarried Robertson
      9. Joyce McKenzie married Fenwick
      10. Heather Grace McKenzie married Colin Hector Sinclair in 1946 at St Andrews Presbyterian in Goulburn
    11. Alexander McKenzie living at Branxton in 1941 married Elizabeth McNeilly
    12. Charles McKenzie -living at Molong in 1941 married Jane Howarth

John died in 1918 and here is his Obituary …

TARALGA. From Our Correspondent.) Death of Mr. John McKenzie.

Mr. John McKenzie of Marmont’s Flat, Taralga, died on Monday evening, aged eighty-four years, after an illness of some months. The deceased was practically a life-long resident of the State, having arrived here at the age of two years from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. For many years he lived in the Wollongong district, but he had resided here for considerably more than fifty years.  Hecarried on farming and grazing pursuits.and reared a large family of eight sons and two daughters, all of whom, with his widow, survived him. The sons are-Messrs. Alex., Donald, John, George, Archie, Charles, Hugh, and Angus. All, with the exception of Angus, are married and settled in various parts of the State and Fiji. The daughters are Mesdames Shaw and Cassaren, of Yarra and Sydney respectively..The deceased was a man of exemplary character and of a kind-hearted disposition. The funeral took place on Wednesday end was largely attended. The remains were intlorred Presbyterian cemetery at Stonequarry, the ‘Rev. Findley-Brown reading the burial service.

One of  John and Rebecca’s sons, Donald McKenzie  went to live in Fiji for man years – poles apart from living on the Isle of Skye as his grandparents had  – his obituary

Mr. Donald McKenzie, aged 60, formerly of the Taralga district, died from heart failure on Friday evening. ‘He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, of Marmont’s: Flat,  Taralga.  Messrs. Hugh  and Archie McKenzie, of the Taralga district, are brothers, other members of the; family being Alexander (Branxton), John (Queensland),  Angus (Fiji), Charles (Molong), and Mesdames Shaw:(Manly), and Cassera (Crows Nest).
The late Mr. McKenzie was engaged for many years in a plantation in Fiji, which he successfully conducted, .but latterly, failing health compelled him to reside in Sydney. He vas twice married, his first wife being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh White, of Taralga. His second wife was Mrs. A. McKay, of Fiji, by whom he is survived, and four children. The burial took place in Sydney on Monday.”
The youngest son was Charles McKenzie and he would live until 1948 at Molong
News was received in Taralga at the weekend of the death of Mr. Charles McKenzie, farmer and’ grazer at Molong. Death occurred suddenly at his residence on Friday from heart failure. He ‘was a widower and was 59 years bf age. He is survived by a family of five sons and a daughter. He was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, of Marmont Flat, Taralga, and Mr. Hugh McKenzie is the only surviving brother. Mesdames Shaw and Cassaro are sisters. Deceased left the Taralga district many years ago with many other young men and acquired a good property in the Molong district where he carried on farming and grazing pursuits. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery after a memorial service.”

9 Responses to John McKenzie and Rebecca Rook – Taralga

  1. monamckenzie says:

    Iam one of angus mckenzie s grand-daughter in fiji

    Please I need to see if I can get intouch with any famely in australia

    • hi Mona there are a number of us who are descended from Angus grandparents Alexander McKenzie and Ann McLean – I am descended from John’s sister Mary Ann and have a mate who is descended from another sister Catherine

    • Henry Rogers says:

      Hi Mona. I am the great grandson of Donald Mckenzie. Donald was Angus’ brother and also went to Fiji. He was a saddler by trade and operated a plantation on the Fiji island of Taveuni. Donald’s first wife was Mary Ann (Jane) White. She died in NSW shortly after the birth of my Grandmother. Donald’s death certificate lists his second wife as Sarah Ann McKay. They are listed as having 4 children, Esmee, Viti, (the other two names aren’t legible). Donald eventually returned to NSW due to poor health. Donald died in North Sydney on 27 November 1931. My mother was christened Viti Levu in honour of the family connection with Fiji. Two of Mary Ann White’s brothers, James Richard White and Ernest Joseph White, also went to Fiji and took up the saddlery trade.
      Please send me an email if I can help with further information. Henry

      • monamckenzie says:

        Hi Henry I’m so happy to hear from you ,Yes my father use to tell us that he had some of his family in taveuni but we never get to know them , Henry I’m on facebook my name is Its been so long I’ve been trying to know the family tree Love to hear from you and hope it will be soon May the the love of God bind us together.

      • mona !McKenzie says:

        Hi Henry pls how do I contact you !!address or email , I’m on Facebook, I need to update the family tree ,Information from your side will be very helpful thànkyou looking forward to your reply

        Love Mona

    • Shirley Hedditch says:

      Hi folks I am Charles granddaughter. Charles had five sons, Gordon, Keith, Wallace, George Roy (my father ) Ron and two daughters, Phyllis jean and Rebecca Eliza Betty. There was also a son Angus who I believed died as a child/baby. Phyllis jean (Jean) is the only one still alive (92 years of age). My father Roy (all except Ron went by second name) inherited Charles’ farm at Norah creek molong which my brothers now own and manage along with two other properties in the area

    • Shirley Hedditch says:

      Hi mona I’m the youngest granddaughter of Charles (angus brother) in fact Charles and his wife Emily jane named a child Angus who I think died young/baby? Guess we are related!
      I recently returned from holiday Fiji and wondered about these relatives which I had read moved to Fiji??

      • mona !McKenzie says:

        Hi Shirley I’m so happy to read your message I’m on face book please if you could add me I will be very happy I’ve been trying to know my families side of the mckenzie family! we are the only mckenzie family in Fiji I dont have email but Facebook as Mona McKenzie hope to hear from soon love Mona

  2. monamckenzie says:

    f IHi Kerrie Anne Chritian I happy to hear from you well my grandfather came to fiji in 1919 then he maried My grandmother Florence Whippy they had 4 children ,this are their names Dorathy ,John Edward, mable then my namesake aunty mona, john is the only boy ,he is my father ,there are 5 of us his daughter and 2 sons first one is Betenado,sisi Rabbacca,dorathy,mable,mona, edward angus,then nancy florence .mu past away 1999 my mom is jus turned 81 on the 7th of this month.Kerrie I did not see my grandfather ,he died when my father was only 19yrs old my grandmother use to tell us that aur grandpa is scotish and he came from australia ,N,S!W. In taralga .there’s place she said called crows nest , please let’s stay conected I realy need to trace back on my famely tree.thankyou Kerrie very much hope to hear from you again

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