John McKenzie and Rebecca Rook – Taralga

John McKenzie was born 22.3.1835, 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.

Scotlands People John McKenzie birth 1835 Sleat

As he was only two years old when they left and during the journey, it’s likely that John had few if any memories before arriving in Australia. Don MacKenzie’s Over the Sea from Skye describes the lives of families like John’s McKenzie’s in Skye and the voyage to Australia – Life on Skye & The Voyage.

A timeline of John’s history in the Illawarra from 1837 to 1863:

  • 1837 – Wollongong – with family on T Thompson’s property in Wollongong (source Don MacKenzie “Over the Sea from Skye”)
  • 1839 – Fairy Meadow – birth of sister Mary
  • 1841 – Spring Hill Estate – 1841 Census
  • 1842 – Berkeley Estate – Jenkins Family – birth of sister Catherine
  • 1843 – Spring Hill Estate – birth of twin siblings Angus and Agnus
  • 1846 – Spring Hill Estate – death of mother Ann McKenzie nee McLean
  • 1849 – Father Alexander McKenzie Jnr remarried to Elizabeth Hanks – Alexander McKenzie Snr was one of the witnesses.
  • 1850 – Balgownie – birth of sister Elizabeth
  • 1851 – Balgownie – birth of brother Robert
  • 1853 – Balgownie – birth of brother Hugh
  • 1854 – Bulli – father Alexander McKenzie Jnr purchases 200- 300 acres of land on the south side of Woonona (note Woonona and Bulli were used interchangeably at this time).
  • 1854 – Bulli – birth of brother Thomas
  • 1855 – 1856 – Father Alexander McKenzie Jnr is listed on the electoral roll as being a Freehold landowner at Bulli
  • 1856 – Bulli – birth & death of unnamed sibling
  • 1857 – Bulli – Father Alexander McKenzie Jnr is listed as a subscriber and committee member of the Illawarra Agricultural Society
  • 1858 – 1860 – Bulli – various political meetings held at father Alexander’s house
  • 1858 – Bulli – birth of sister Anne
  • 1858 – Bulli – public meeting on the Bulli Road is held at his father’s home
  • 1858 – Bulli – public notice of lost cow in Illawarra Mercury mentioning Alexander McKenzie and John McKenzie – 1,
  • 1858 – Bulli – obituaries for Neil McKenzie refers to a brother Alexander McKenzie of Bulli
  • 1859 – Bulli – public notice of a horse to stand for breeding purposes at father’s home
  • 1859 – Bulli – public notices of a John McKenzie of Bulli closing and then resuming his butchery business
  • 1859 – 1860 – Bulli – Alexander McKenzie and John McKenzie of Bulli are listed in a political advertisement(s) in the Illawarra Mercury – 1, 2,
  • 1860 – Bulli – birth of sister Flora
  • 1860 – Northern Illawarra –  a J McKenzie is part of a Northern Illawarra team led by H Hicks (his future brother in law ?) at the Anniversary Day Cricket Match – 1,
  • 1861 – Bulli – birth of brother Charles
  • 1861 – Bulli – marriage of sister Anne to Henry Thomas Hicks at Alexander McKenzie Jnr’s home
  • 1861 – Bulli – marriage of sister Catherine to John Ross at Alexander McKenzie Jnr’s home
  • 1862 – Bulli – birth of brother Archibald
  • 1862 – Woonona – father Alexander McKenzie Jnr offers land for a School of Arts building – 1, 2,
  • 1862 – Bulli – father Alexander McKenzie Jnr is part of a public meeting for a proposed local National School
  • 1862 – 1863 – Bulli – sale(s) of father Alexander McKenzie’s land – possibly due to mortgage foreclosures
  • 1862 – 1863 – Alexander McKenzie Jnr left the Illawarra to move to the Taralga area – John is the only one of the children of Alexander’s first marriage that is known to have accompanied his father – brother Donald (1853) and sisters Anne (Hicks) (1861) and Catherine (Ross) (1861) were already married; the whereabouts of Angus & Agnus are unknown after their 1844 baptisms; brothers Daniel and Alexander are believed to have gone gold mining in New Zealand, possibly by 1858 as only John is listed in the 1858 – 1860 political meetings and the public notices for the lost cow
  • 1863 – Thomas Hale of Bulli Woonona Testimonial – John McKenzie was a contributor
  • 1863 – Taralga – birth of sister Christina

Note – although the above information refers to Bulli, I have found that John’s father had purchased 200-300 acres of land from the Campbell’s in 1854 – however this land was on the southern side of Woonona. For many years in the 19th Century, Bulli and Woonona were used inter-changeably at times.

Similarly a timeline for Alexander McKenzie Jnr and his family in the Taralga can be viewd  by clicking here.

It is not clear when John’s father left Taralga, however there are entries for  an Alex McKenzie and a John McKenzie – both listed for Marmont’s Flat, West Richlands Taralga  according to Greville’s Directory in 1872 – (1, 2, )and whether he lived elsewhere in Central NSW eg Forbes or  Grenfell by the 1870’s, before settling, at some point by the 1880’s, in the Cowra – Canowindra area.  John’s sisters Elizabeth and Ann were married in Grenfell in 1876 and 1879 respectively – which raises the question of whether their parents, Alexander McKenzie Jnr and wife Elizabeth Hanks, were living with their family in Grenfell in the 1870’s ? In Trove there are several references to an Alexander McKenzie and an A McKenzie in Grenfell in 1873 and 1877 (12). This could potentially place the McKenzie family in Grenfell in between the period that they lived in Taralga about 1863-1872, and in Cowra/ Canowindra by 1882 ? Alexander seems to have acquired a farm (1, ),  and remained in the  Belmore / Glen Logan area around Cowra Canowindra area until the time of his 1891 death.

Meanwhile,  John obviously had put down roots in the Taralga area. In 1865, John married Rebecca Rook, daughter of John and Ester 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. The Taralga area was where he remained for the rest of his life until his death in 1918.

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.  He carried 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 interred Presbyterian cemetery at Stonequarry, the ‘Rev. Findley-Brown reading the burial service.”

Ultimately, two  of  John and Rebecca’s sons, Donald McKenzie and Angus McKenzie  went to live in Fiji for many years – this seems “poles” apart from living on the Isle of Skye as his grandparents did.

Some of the information below comes from Don McKenzie’s “Over the Sea from Skye” –  family tree of John and Rebecca – and descendants of John and Rebecca have been sharing a few details – the information on their Fijian connections is especially appreciated, of which Don McKenzie had not been fully aware.

  1. John b 1835 Armadale, Isle of Skye. d. 25-03-1918 –1 , 2,  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  – 1, – Was John a Chair of the Yalbraith Butter Factory (?) 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.
    1. Sarah McKenzie b 1866 d 1866
    2. John Alexander McKenzie b 1867 d. 1947 – 1,   Branxton NSW – he was generally known as Alex,  however  NSW BDM  gives his name at birth (9144/1867) and at death (27936/1947 )  as John Alexander McKenzie. Also his Electoral Commission records seem to consistently give his name as John Alexander McKenzie. After leaving Richlands, which was resumed, he lived at Maryvale on the NSW North Coast, in the Hunter at the time of his youngest son’s 1913 birth; at Luskintyre, – Lochinvar and finally in the Branxton area by by the 1915 when his John Hugh McKenzie son enlisted in WW1. He was not mentioned in the 1931 obituary of his brother George. However he was mentioned in a brother’s 1941 obituary as being at Branxton, and was there at Branxton at the time of his own 1947 death. His wife Elizabeth was listed on the Electoral Commission records for 1949 at the Branxton address. He married Elizabeth McNeilly d. 1967 Branxton (Note – Donald McDonald in his “Over the Sea from Skye” has him named as Alexander John McKenzie and cites another son John born between Angus and Hugh – and indeed it appears that he did have a brother identically named ie both were John Alexander McKenzie – curious ?
      1. Lilly Lillian Edith Ann McKenzie b. 1890 Taralga d. 1928 – 1, 2, 3, 4, Branxton – married in 1920 in Maitland West to Colin Alexander Sinclair b. 1894 d. 1961 Marrickville – Lilly’s father’s name given as Alexander in the birth entry but John A in the death entry
        1. Ella Pearl Sinclair b. 1921 married John Oliver Bourke in Newcastle in 1953 –1,
        2. Hector Alexander Sinclair b. 1922 d. 1978 – served in 2/16th Battalion in WW2 – enlisted 15.10.1941 – not listed as wounded – Unit Diary begins – married Vida Mary Vitnell in West Maitland in 1948
        3. Molly Sinclair b. 1925
        4. Colin Sinclair b. 1926 d. 11.8.1946 –12, following an earlier electrical accident, served in Australian Army Service Corps A.I.F. 146th Gen. Tpt. Coy. in WW2 – NX500978 – one of two CWGC graves in Branxton C of E Cemetery
      2. Alice Pearl McKenzie b. 1892 Taralga d. 1997 married in 1917 to William J L Russell – Alice’s NSW BDM Birth entry has father’s name given as Alexander J
        1. Elizabeth Mary Russell b. 1919d. 1919
        2. Alexander Thomas Russell b. 1921 married Thea May Pidding in East Maitland in 1945. He served in WW2 – Nominal Roll entry.
        3. Marjorie Pearl Russell b. 1926 married Charles Frederick Prescott in Maitland in 1950
        4. Betty Eve Russell b. 1928 married James Vile Manning in Maitland in 1950
      3. John Hugh McKenzie b. 1894 Taralga d. 1974 Hornsby – served in WW1 and Lieutenant John Hugh McKenzie of Lochinvar was reported wounded in 1918 – ADFA entry.  Occupation Boiler Cleaner, Mine Labourer. NSW BDM Birth entry has father’s name given as Alexander – married in 1923 in Greta to Ruby Louisa  Moore b. 1902 Singleton  d. 1944 Stockton
        1. Ross McKenzie – boilermaker
      4. George Alexander McKenzie b.1896 Taralga d. 1972 Cessnock – at birth George A’s father’s name given as John A
        1. George Vance McKenzie b. before 1928 d. about 1984?
      5. Donald Victoria McKenzie b. 1898 Taralga d. 1983 Lithgow – Birth – Donald’s father’s name given as John A – married in Singleton in 1925 to Myra Sylvia Macconnnell b. 1902 Braidwood
      6. Herbert William McKenzie b. 1900/1901 Burra Lake near Yalbraith (north of Taralga) d. 1974 Maitland, Birth – Herbert’s father’s name given as John A – married  in 1925 in Greta –1 (p.57), to Eileen Doris Cartwright b. 1903 d. 1997
        1. Thelma Madge McKenzie b. 1926 – d. 1945 West Maitland
        2. Kevin Herbert McKenzie b. 1928 d. 2006 married in 1952 in Burwood to Enid May Woolridge 
      7. Florence May MacKenzie b. 1903 Burra Lake near Yalbraith (north of Taralga) d. 1973 St Vincents Hospital Sydney married in 1926 in Greta to Thomas Gibbs b. 1896 d. 1985  – Birth – Florence’ father’s name given as Alexander J
      8. Robert Bruce McKenzie b. 1905 Taralga d. 1960 Greta – married in 1925 in Greta –1, to Ivy M Mantle b. 1906 Singleton  – Birth – Robert’s father’s name given as John A
      9. Charles Roy MacKenzie b. 1909 Taralga d. 2005 buried Branxton – married in 1931 in Maitland to  Lucy Anne Irwin – Birth – father’s name is given as Alexander
      10. Angus Gordon McKenzie b. 1913 East Maitland d. 1985 – 1988 Maitland – Birth – father’s name given as John A
    3. George William McKenzie, b. 19-06-1869 in Marmonts Flat d. 1931 Dubbo m. Irene Everingham b. 1879 d. 1948 Eumungeree  –1, descendant of First Fleeter Matthew Everingham (1234, ) and his Second Fleet convict wife Elizabeth Rimes (123, ), First Fleet convict Caroline Laycock & her Second Fleet convict husband Mark Turner, as well as later convicts John GoddardGeorge appeared to have left Taralga by 1900 when a George McKenzie, Saddler,  was struck off the electoral roll – 1, . He may have experienced financial difficulties in 1907 –1, 2, 3, In 1918 George was applied for wheat seed – 1, . Note – George’s 1931 obituary stated there were 8 children living whilst Irene’s 1948 obituary mentions only 2 daughters and 4 sons – sons William Leslie and Arthur George Alexander were not mentioned implying that they had already died.  William Leslie was believed to have died in 1942, however investigation has shown that son Arthur only passed away in 1971.
      1. John Matthew William George McKenzie, shearing contractor and agent,  b. 1901 Narromine (NSW BDM 34006/1901 ) d. 1952 – 1,  lived at Eumungeree – married Thelma Maude Darling. He had been a share farmer in January 1930 when he charged with murder, by poisoning, of Albert Wagoner following a coronial inquest – however by March 1930, the prosecution did not pursue the case with the Attorney General declining to file a bill against him – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. At the time of his death in 1952 he was a shearing contractor – 1,
        1. John McKenzie b. 1936
        2. Irene McKenzie b. 1939
      2. Arthur George Alexander McKenzie b. 1904 Narromine (NSW BDM 14698/1904) d. 1971 Dubbo (NSW BDM 48079/1971 ) married in 1939 in Dubbo to Doris May Campbell – lived in Dubbo until his 1971 death
      3. Gladys Irene May McKenzie b. 1906 Narromine (NSW BDM 5957/1906 ) d. 1967/1968 married in 1934 – 1, 2, 34, to John Hector S Vearing b. 1903 d. 1979 – lived at Rankin Springs, NSW
        1. Ian  Vearing d. 2015 
        2. Private Vearing
        3. Private Vearing
        4. Private Vearing
        5. Private Vearing
        6. Private Vearing
        7. Winston Vearing  d. 2015
      4. Doris Melva McKenzie b. 1907 Narromine (NSW BDM 26903/1907) d. 1989 married in 1937 – 1,  to Francis Hugh Buck b. 1908 d. 1985 – lived at Eumungerie
        1. Kay Jennifer Buck b. 19411
      5. Charles Leslie McKenzie (known as Leslie) b. 1909 Narromine (NSW BDM 27931/1909) d. 1980 engaged in 1934 – 1 & married Janet Marjorie Leach b. 1912 d.  – lived at Eumungeree – 1, 2,
      6. Colin Roy McKenzie b. 1911 Narromine (NSW BDM 18744/1911) d. 1969 married in 1936 to Dulcie May Lesslie then divorced in 1945, then in Dubbo in 1949 remarried to Gladys Louise Harris – lived at Eumungeree, Dubbo, St Mary’s – served in WW2 – Nominal Roll entries – 1 & 2
        1. Charles William McKenzie
      7. Sidney Angus Russell McKenzie b. 1915 Narromine (NSW BDM 9232/1915) – lived at Eumungeree – served in WW2 – Nominal Roll entry
      8. Note – some have believed that there was another son William Leslie McKenzie b. 1919 d. 1.7.1942 – who was said to have died at sea in the South West Pacific – entry on Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour, presumably on the Montevideo Maru, which had about 1000 POW’s aboard. However it appears that it was William Leslie Everingham who died on 1.7.1942 – the son of Irene McKenzie nee Everingham’s brother Arthur – who also lived at Narromine – 1, 2, 3
    4. Donald McKenzie, b. 25-05-1871 in Marmonts Flat d. 1931 Sydney. married Mary Ann (Jane) White, daughter of Hugh White of Taralga in 1893 in Taralga. He remarried to Sarah Ann – Mrs A Mackay of Fiji and there were 4 children of this second marriage. Donald had lived in Fiji and had a plantation, but had returned to Sydney for health reasons.
      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.”

      From Henry Rogers “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.”

      1. Sylvia Ann/Alice  McKenzie b. 1894 Dubbo  d. 1917 Goulburn – married in 1911 to Henry “Harry” Bensley b. 1884 d. 1968 – Bensley family references (1, )
        1. Doris Wilga Bensley b. 1911 married in 1933 in Crookwell to Walter Maber
        2. Robert Bloomfield Bensley b. 1912 Crookwell – 1994 – served in WW2 – Nominal Roll entry – married in 1937 in Goulburn area to  Essie Pauline Minshall
        3. Viti Levu Bensley 1916 Crookwell – 1981 Kew Victoria married in 1944 in North Sydney to to Harold Sidney Rogers b. 1916  d. 1971 Boorowa
          1. David Rogers
          2. Son Rogers
      2. Esmee McKenzie 
      3. Viti McKenzie
      4. Child McKenzie
      5. Child McKenzie
    5. Angus McKenzie b. 6.9. 1874 Marmonts Flat Taralga – d. 1945 Fiji –1, . Angus went to live in Fiji in 1919 – was living there  at the time of his brother Donald’s death in  1931 – and still living in Fiji in 1941.  From Mona McKenzie “my grandfather came to Fiji in 1919, then he married my grandmother Florence Whippy, they had 4 children, these 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. I did not see my grandfather, he died when my father was only 19yrs old. My grandmother use to tell us that our grandpa is Scottish and he came from Australia, NSW“. Note Don MacKenzie was unaware of Angus’ marriage and family in Fiji and so he records him as never married in “Over the Sea from Skye” Mona advised that her grandmother Florence Whippy‘s parents in Fiji were “Frederick Whippy and Maraya Ury“. Note some family historians have alternative spellings for Maraya Ury ie Maria Joeri – 1.
      1. Dorathy McKenzie
      2. John Edward McKenzie b. about 1926 married
        1. Betenado McKenzie
        2. Rabbacca McKenzie
        3. Mable McKenzie
        4. Mona McKenzie
        5. Edward Angus McKenzie
        6. Nancy Florence McKenzie
      3. Mable McKenzie
      4. Mona McKenzie
    6. John Alexander McKenzie b. 1875 (11586/1875) registered in the Goulburn district, as were other children of John and Rebecca. This appears to be an example of the same first name being given to brothers. He is mentioned in his father’s 1918 obituary where it indicates that he was married by 1918. John is also mentioned in his mother’s October 1930 and brother George’s July 1931 obituaries as living at Narromine –1 , 2,. There is a John Alexander McKenzie listed as living at Narromine in the 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935 & 1936 Electoral Rolls. His 1930, 1932 and 1934 Electoral Commission record show a Myrtle McKenzie at the same Narromine address – but not in his 1935 and 1936 Electoral Commission records.  Curiously in his brother Donald’s December 1931 obituary he is listed as living in Queensland –1, which could be inconsistent with his Electoral Commission records of 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936. In 1931 a Mr J McKenzie of Narromine was growing very large water melons – 1, Also – his brothers Archibald’s 1941, Angus’ 1945 and Charles’ 1948 obituaries do not mention him as a living brother – which could suggest that John had already passed away – 1, 2, 3, .  But some have given his death as 26.12.1948 in Daylesford Victoria – Victorian BDM Reference 22609, which is for a John McKenzie aged 75 years of age but with no parents’ names given. This is all somewhat confusing and he still remains something of a mystery.
    7. Hugh McKenzie b 1878 d. 1959 lived at Burra Lake married in 1916 – 1 to Miss Anne Annie Elizabeth “Sis” McNeilly (b. ? – d. 1972 NSW BDM 54636/1972 )  – of Taralga at the Presbyterian Church Taralga ,  and then at Marmonts Flat.
      1. Hazel Jean McKenzie (b. before 1922 ) married in Taralga in 1942 – 1, 2, to Steph(v)en William McIntosh
      2. Sylvia Joan McKenzie (b. before 1922 ) married in Goulburn in 1949 to Kenneth Saville1, 2, –
      3. Marlie Lillian Marie McKenzie (b. before 1922 ) married in Goulburn in 1946 – 1, to Lovell Fitzgibbon 
      4. Margaret Anne McKenzie married in 1949 in Goulburn – 1, 2, to  Murray Clifford Havenstein (he had been previously  married   in 1944 to Dorothy Gardner) – they lived in Sydney after their marriage
      5. John Alexander McKenzie – (b. 1922 – 1927) living at Marmonts Flat with parents in 1958 (Electoral Roll) -may not have married
      6. Grace Elizabeth McKenzie (b. about 1928 ) – living at Marmonts Flat with parents in 1958 (Electoral Roll) – married not have married
    8. Ann Jane McKenzie b 1880 d. 1964 married Martin Cassera b. 1881 d. 1955 – living at Crows Nest in 1931 – 1,
      1. John Martin “Jack” Cassera b. 1905 d. 1997 married Myra Lillian Barnes b. 1910 d. 1984
      2. Dorothea Alice Mary Cassera b. 1908 d. 1987 – not married
      3. Peter Alexander “Bill” Cassera b. 1909 d. 1998 married Thelma Veronica Wilson b. 1912 Picton d. 2006 Sydney – 1,
        1. Daughter Cassera
        2. Daughter Cassera
      4. Kathleen Mary Cassera b. 1911 d. 1913
      5. Angus Cassera b. 1913 d. 1915
      6. Hughie Cassera b. 1915 d. 1964 married Gloria Neal Roberts b. 1917 d. 1987 – served in WW2 – nominal roll entry
      7. Edna Jane Cassera b. 1919 Crows Nest d. 1998 Emu Plains married in 1947  to John William Bridge b. 1907 Waterloo d. 1987 Narooma
      8. Iris May Cassera b 1920 d. 2003 married in 1942 in North Sydney to John George Thomas Kemp
    9. Elizabeth Mary / Mary Elizabeth McKenzie b. 1882 Taralga d. 1948 married in Taralga in 1905 – 1, to  Charles Herbert “Bert”  Shaw, a teacher b. 1882 d. 1965. They were living at Manly in 1931 – 1,
      1. Charlotte Sylvia  Mary  Shaw b. 1906 Goulburn
      2. Grace E Shaw b. 1907 Goulburn – did she marry Edward R Murphy in 1932 in Manly ?
    10. Archibald McKenzie b. 1885 Goulburn  – d 1941 of Glen Lee Richlands – buried at Stonequarry Cemetery) lived at Richlands married in 1906 to  Margaret Eliza/Elizabeth A Howarth who died in 1946 buried at Stonequarry Cemetery Taralga. Margaret was a descendant of convicts John Howarth (12, ) and his convict wife Mary Ann Saunders (12,  – note it appears that John and Mary were married before they were separately transported),  also of convict William Marmont  (1, )
      1. John Archibald McKenzie b. 1907 Taralga d. 1979 Goulburn – married Eliza Jane Lang b. 1905 d. 1966 ?
        1. Charles McKenzie ?
      2. Ruby Thelma McKenzie b. 1908 married in 1933 in Goulburn to Henry Baxter 
      3. Ivy Vera McKenzie b. 1909 d. 1983 married in 1933 in Goulburn area to  George Albert White b. 1898 Taralga d. 1969 Taralga
        1. Doreen Marjorie White b. 1935 married in 1955 in Goulburn area to Albert John Walkam
        2. Daphne Vera White b. 1939 married in Sydney in 1960 to Walter Bruce Buckley
        3. Beryl June White b. 1945 married in Goulburn area in 1963 to Brian John Humphries
      4. Mary Eliza Evangeline McKenzie b. 1911 – married in 1937 in Goulburn to Hamilton Alleston Robertson
      5. Percy William (Wilfred ?) McKenzie b. 1913 – did he marry Esther Elizabeth Horne in 1937 in Goulburn and/or Melba Florence Wright in 1950 in Goulburn ?
      6. Bertha Constance Connie McKenzie b. 1914 married in 1938 in Goulburn to Kenneth Neil Robertson
      7. Harold Maxwell  McKenzie b. 1916 married in 1941 to Rita May Smith and then in 1955 in Crookwell to Myra Joan Jordan – served in WW2 in 18th Field Ambulance – WW2 Nominal Roll
      8. Lionel Alfred McKenzie b. 1919 d. 1973 Griffith married in Griffith to Alfred Jean Knobel 
      9. Ella Joyce McKenzie married in 1943 in Goulburn to Thomas Bruce Fenwick
      10. Heather Grace McKenzie married Colin Hector Sinclair in 1946 at St Andrews Presbyterian in Goulburn
    11. Charles McKenzie b. 1889 d. 1948 Molong – 1, 2,  -living at Ermolo  Molong in 1941 married in 1913 in Crookwell to Emily Jane Howarth b. 1892 Crookwell d. 1937 Cowra Hospital – 1, 2, 3, Emily was a descendant of convicts John Howarth (12, ) and his convict wife Mary Ann Saunders (12,  – note it appears that John and Mary were married before they were separately transported),  also of convict William Marmont  (1, )The family have lived in the Norah Creek area of Molong and the family farm is still run by two of his grandsons. 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.”
      1. Lionel Keith McKenzie b. 1914 Crookwell d. 1951 Orange of Polio – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, – engaged in 1940 – 1 and married in Orange in 1941  to Iris Ruth Davis – who was his teenage companion Douglas Oswald McKenzie in 1938 – 1 ? Iris remarried to William Wallace Lyons in 1953 at Molong – 1,
        1. Jeanette McKenzie  – 1,
        2. Robert McKenzie1,
      2. Charles Gordon McKenzie b. 1915 Crookwell  – living at Cumnock in 1951 – 1, 2, – married in 1940 in Forbes to Mavis Phillis Willcockson – 1
      3. John Wallace (Walter ?) McKenzie b. 1918 d. 1987 Orange engaged –1, & married in 1941 in Molong to Dorothy Vera Slingsby – living at Molong in 1951 – 1, –
        1. Barbara McKenzie
      4. George Roy McKenzie b. 1919 – d. 1982 – probate 1983 – 1, living at Cumnock in 1951 – 1, – married in 1947 –1, to  Vonnie Joan Bradley in Molong – land resumption in 1972 – 1,  – served in New Guinea in WW2 – 1,
      5. Ronald McKenzie b. 1922 – d. 1983  living at Coolamon in 1951 – 1, – married in 1945 in Coolamon – 1,  to Noreen Florence Stead – he had served in WW2 – 1, 2,
      6. Angus McKenzie – d. 1919 in Cowra – 1,
      7. Phyllis Jean McKenzie – engaged in 1946 – 1,  & married to George Charlton Collins  d. 1962 – 1, living in Sydney  in 1951 – was alive in 1,
        1. Carolyn Collins  – 1,
      8. Rebecca Eliza Betty McKenzie – married to Ray Davis  in Cumnock – was alive in 1951 – 1, –

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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