Neil

Neil McKenzie, born 1808, was married in 1835 to Christina Robertson, before they left the Isle of Skye in 1837 to come to Australia with their eldest child, John, born in 1837.

In the 1841 Census, Neil is recorded as living on the Hern(e) Farm estate of James Shoobert, with his wife and a male and female child, each aged 2-7 years, presumably eldest son John and eldest daughter Sarah. Note – James Shoobert had been a Master Mariner, Farmer and Coalmine Proprietor. Herne Farm was believed to be in the Figtree area.

They settled in the Five Islands area near Lake Illawarra – in 1855, Neil McKenzie was listed as a Leaseholder in the Illawarra Lake area on the Historical Electoral Roll for Wollongong 1855-1856.

Neil died unexpectedly in October 1858, and the obituary notices also mentioned his two older brothers, Alexander Snr of Ellengowan and Alexander Jnr of Bulli – SMH 16.10.1858, widow Christina sought probate 25.2.1859. Christina died several years later in 1860.

Much of the following information comes from Don McKenzie’s “Over the Sea to Skye” and needs to be verified.

Their children were as follows

  • John b. 1837 d. 1921 m. Marion Morrison 3.1.1860 at Berkeley.
    • Lachlan b. 1861 Ulladulla
    • Mary b. 1864
    • Christina b. 1866
    • John Alexander b. 1870
    • William Sydney b. 1873 d. 1873
    • Arthur Angus b. 1873 d. 1875
    • James b. 1875
    • Archibald Stewart b. 1880 d. 1964
      • Graham
  • Sarah b. 1839 m. Julius Martin 10.10.1859
    • Sarah b. 1860 d. 1861
    • Phoebe b. 1861
    • Sarah Anne b. 1863
    • Charles Henry b. 1.10.1868 d. 9.5.1927 m. Maggie Jane Kyling – information  supplied to Illawarra Family History Group’s Illawarra Pioneers pre 1920 by Mr M. Martin, Ryde
      • Edward Charles b. 1892
      • Norman McKenzie b. 11.8.1897
      • Henry b. 1899
      • Nellie b. ?.7. 1900
      • Francis J. b. 1901
      • Ruby M. b. 1903
    • Robert Arthur b.1870
    • William Herbert b.1873
    • John Ernest b.1879
  • Donald b. 1841 m. 1863 to Emily Riley
    • Sarah b. 1864
    • Neil b. 1867
    • Phyllis b. 1869
    • Christina b. 1871
    • Emily b. 1873
  • Jessie b.1844
  • Angus b. 1846 (NSW BDM 1744/1846 V18461744 48 – registered as Angus McKinzie) m. 1874 Isabella Martin
  • Alexander b. 1848
  • Mary b. 1850
  • Hugh b. 1853
  • Duncan b. 1856
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