Illawarra Timeline for John McKenzie son of Alexander Jnr

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 – 12,
  • 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 – 12,
  • 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.

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