Neil

Neil McKenzie, born 1801 or 1808, was married in 1835 in Parish of Sleat 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)/Heron/ Hearne 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 American Creek 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 Calligarry , Parish of Sleat Isle of Skye Scotland – d. 1921 m. Marion Morrison 3.1.1860 at Bulli
    • Lachlan McKenzie b. 1861 Ulladulla
    • Mary McKenzie b. 1864
    • Christina McKenzie b. 1866
    • John Alexander McKenzie b. 1870
    • William Sydney McKenzie b. 1873 d. 1873
    • Arthur Angus McKenzie b. 1873 d. 1875
    • James McKenzie b. 1875
    • Archibald Stewart McKenzie b. 1880 d. 1964
      • Graham McKenzie
  • Sarah Ann b. 1839 at Hearne Farm m. Julius Martin 10.10.1859 at Wollongong
    • Sarah Martin b. 1860 d. 1861
    • Phoebe Martin b. 1861
    • Sarah Anne Martin b. 1863
    • Charles Henry Martin 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 Martin b. 1892
      • Norman McKenzie Martin  b. 11.8.1897
      • Henry Martin b. 1899
      • Nellie Martin b. ?.7. 1900
      • Francis Martin J. b. 1901
      • Ruby M. Martin b. 1903
    • Robert Arthur Martin b.1870
    • William Herbert Martin b.1873
    • John Ernest Martin b.1879
  • Donald McKenzie b. 1841 Hearne Farm d. 1931 Burwood (NSW BDM 19453/1931) m. 1863 at Berrima to Emily Riley
    • Sarah McKenzie b. 1864
    • Neil McKenzie b. 1867
    • Phyllis McKenzie b. 1869
    • Christina McKenzie b. 1871
    • Emily McKenzie  b. 1873
  • Jessie McKenzie b.1844 Ba(e?)rkeley Estate
  • Angus McKenzie b. 1846 Ba (e?)erkeley Estate (NSW BDM 1744/1846 V18461744 48 – registered as Angus McKinzie) d. 1933 Cooma (NSW BDM 11631/1933 ) m. 1874 Isabella Martin at Berrima
  • Alexander Francis McKenzie b. 1848  Lake (Illawarra  on Berkeley Estate ?) d. 1906  London – partner to Charlotte Geary b. 1863 d. 1888 –  married in 1893 in Sydney to Mary Jane Barrow b. 1863 Chelsea England
    • Alexander Harcourt McKenzie b. 1881 Wellington NZ d. 1887 Wellington NZ
    • John Henry Herbert McKenzie b. 1883 Wellington NZ d. 1885 Wellington NZ
    • Charles Kenneth McKenzie b. 1885 – served in Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery in Egypt in 1917 – 1918  in WW1 – lived with stepmother Mary Jane McKenzie nee Barrow in England
    • Henry “Harry” McKenzie b. 1888 – lived with stepmother Mary Jane McKenzie nee Barrow in England – was next of kin on his brother Charles’ WW1 service record
    • Alexina Frances McKenzie b. 1894 Windsor – d. 1972 Littlehampton England – married in 1913 to Alfred Francis Skinner (divorced) – remarried in 1914 to Edward James Smith d. 1958 – note Alexina’a NSW BDM record has her father as Alexina F McKenzie instead of Alexander F McKenzie
      • Edward H Smith b. 1915 d. 1934
      • Irene Kathleen M Smith  b. 1917
      • Unknown male Smith b. 1917
      • Unknown male Smith b. 1919 d. 1919
      • Unknown male Smith b. 1920 d. 1920
      • Olive Patricia Smith b. 1922 London – married in London to Cecil Frederick Connington
        • Marilyn
    • Wesley McKenzie b.  1895 Windsor NSW Australia 1965 Jeriderie NSW Australia – married in England to Kate Maplestone Norman Ashdown b.1892 d. 1980  and in Australia to Ailsa Broderick Hamilton b. 1907 d. 1986 – Kate’s Partner No.2 was Leslie Russell Alfred Core (their son Sidney Russell Core died at Sandakan in 1945)
      • Malcolm McKenzie b. 1917 d. 2000
      • Leslie Norman Barrow McKenzie b. 1923 d. 1924
    • Alisa Mary McKenzie b. 1896 Windsor NSW Australia d. 1993  – married Henry John Thorn b. 1893 d. 1918 Vis- En – Artois, Par de Calais France – remarried to John Brown Borthwick b. 1899 d. 1969
      • Edna Ailsa Thorn b. 1915 d. 1988
      • Joyce Dorothy Thorn b.1917 d. 2008
        • Barbara
    • Keith Alexander  McKenzie b. 1898 St Peters NSW Australia d. 1967 London England married Hilda Eugene Dansey b. 1898 d. 1978
      • Jean Mary McKenzie b. 1926 d. 2005
    • Ellen Elizabeth  Victoria  McKenzie b. 1901 Newtown NSW Australia d. 1981 Littleham Sussex England married in 1923 to William George Gunnell b. 1903 d. 1968
      • Cecilia Dorothy Gunnell b. 1925 d. 1926
      • Joan Doris Edna Gunnell b. 1927 d. 2007
      • Alfred Thomas Gunnell b. 1932 d. 2015
    • John Edward McKenzie b. 1904 Chelsea England d. 1968 Roma Queensland Australia married Violet Edith Joan Hoare b. 1922 Hastings Sussex England d. 1958 Mt Isa Queensland Australia. Violet’s previously married in  1939 to  Alwyn Francis Slatter b. 1920 d. 1941 in air raid on HMS Fiji off Crete in WW2
      • Julia Carol Hoare
      • David John McKenzie b. 1949 d. 2015
      • John Atkinson McKenzie b. d. 2015
      • Penny McKenzie
    • William McKenzie b. 1906 London d. 1977 Ashfield NSW Australia married Dorothy Edna Hill b. 1908 d. 1997
      • Keith McKenzie
  • Mary McKenzie b. 1850 Lake Illawarra (on Berkeley Estate ?)
  • Hugh McKenzie b. 1853 Lake Illawarra (on Berkeley Estate ?)
  • Duncan McKenzie b. 1856 d. 1922 Randwick (NSW BDM 12504/1922 ) – 1, 2, 3, – he may not have married as his death notices make no mention of a wife nor of any children.
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