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Name: Lisa Sheppard (nee MILLS) <>
Date: 2005-01-19
Old Onehunga lives on! Both my parents grew up in Onehunga familes; MILLS, SARGENT, BRASS, to name a few.

My father pretty much lived at the Onehunga Yatch club and sailed the Manukau Harbour.

Love to hear from anyone to share their accounts.


Name: Dave Andrews <>
Date: 2004-11-22
Heaps of people are searching for family history so i have indexed your web site into the search engine in the hope that it may help someone find there family history.
All the best
Dave Andrews


Name: John Scobie <>
Date: 2004-11-16
Looking for info on immigrant ship, about 1870 with Scobie passengers to NZ from UK (Scotland).

Name: Carolyn Watkins <>
Date: 2004-08-26
My Dad and Aunty were Tom and Nell Watkins. My Nana and Popa lived at Arthur Street in Onehunga (William and Emily Watkins). Dad would have been 80 this year and my Aunty around 83 (unfortunately both passed away). My Aunty had a lot of photos etc of their childhood, perhaps my cousins would have all her memorabilia now. I found your site via

Name: Virgil McVicker <>
Date: 2004-08-25
Thank you for another research source.

Name: Steve Lay <>
Date: 2004-08-11
great site
there are 2links ofCarters m Lays around turn of last cent found 1 on this site

many thanks


Name: Alan & Alison Hickmore <>
Date: 2004-05-05
Well I didn't know I was such a naughty little boy!! fascinating history of the family, thank you

Name: Brian Thrussell <->
Date: 2004-04-22
Hi Russell, I have just found your website & perhaps I can make a small contribution? I was born 1934 & for the first couple of years lived in Jubilee Ave, then at 31 Church St(corner Church & George Sts) for about the next 18 yrs. Re your photos, the 7th one,(Selwyn St), I can't think of any house like that in Selwyn St. But it looks like it could be in Hill St????? It appears to be higher than the road, which put me off Selwyn St. 58 Norman's Hill Rd, I used to deliver the Auckland Star in this area, & at that time this house was completely surrounded by trees, no grass, almost a silver birch type of forest. The shed behind was covered by a banana passionfruit vine. Which I raided when ripe!!!!!!! 75 Arthur St was supposedly built by the Harbour Master of the time & the pergola type thingy on the roof was so he could read the signals down at the Manukau Heads Signal Station. I feel the aesthetics have been spoiled by the replacement flat roof. Picture 14 is the old Carnegie Free Library. Picture 18 is the old Forresters Hall. You are probably full aware of all this, but never no mind. Hope this helps,
Brian Thrussell


Name: glen kelly <>
Date: 2004-03-15
Good site. Would anyone out there live anywhere near 124 Gray Street, Onehunga and know of the Beasley's that lived there. Many thanks

Name: Karen McKnight <>
Date: 2004-02-08
Great site, I was delighted to find my ancestor, John Malenoir with his wife and daughter and baby son on board the Tintern Abbey, I knew he had gone to NZ but thought his wife Margaret had stayed in England, until later, so most interesting, thankyou. He was my great grandmother's brother.

Name: Barbara Holloway <>
Date: 2004-02-07
We have now installed a compression of the Janice Mogford book on our site as well as an Onehunga Arts & Heriatge Walks with wonderfull photos. We hope you will add it to your site as a link. We would also be enthusiastic to forward Russell a better version of our brand and feel it would be good as a live link. Onehunga Business Assocaition Inc. 1937

Name: Joyce Baber <>
Date: 2004-01-12
Very interesting web page I will be coming back again

Name: Lue Baker <>
Date: 2003-12-28
Although I'm not sure we have a link, I really enjoyed your site. There is an Archibald McVicar(McVicker) from Lanark, Scotland but the dates are much earlier and the only information I have found are about those who came to America in the 1770's. Good work! Thanks.

Name: Robert Gillett <>
Date: 2003-10-01
Very good

Name: John Robert Mitchell <>
Date: 2003-09-04
Educational and I hope it grows.

Name: Lee-Ora Lusis <>
Date: 2003-08-08
I am interested in finding out any information re - William and Charlotte Blackburn and their children. William and family came out on the fencible ship the "Berhampore", and settled in Onehunga. I am a descendant of Edward Blackburn, William and Charlotte's 2nd son. I would be grateful of any information that you may have or contacts that may be of assistance.
Thank you


Name: Robert Plain <>
Date: 2003-08-08
As Archibald is such a common Mac/McVicar first name I can't seem to tie it to our line but am sure all the Mac/McVicrs are related in one way or another in spite of some of them saying they aren't.. my grandmother was the daughter of Malcolm McVicar and Elizabeth Betsy Campbell both from Inveraray, Argyll Scotland and like a lot of MacVicars intermarried with the Campbells of Argyll.. so my family can wear the MacNaughton kilts as a sept of the MacNaughton Clan and also the Campbell one..there was a McVicar one done in dark green and blue plaid with yellow and red lines but don't know if it was ever made official as my grandmother leaned toward the Campbell side a bit it may have been just a Campbell copy with a little extra lineage for the MacNaughton part.. I am not a serious geneaologist my sister is doing all the fine detal with birth and death certificates, marriage licenses etc. All I do is keep in contact with 8-10 McVicar kincousins( I call them) around the world seek and compile folklore stories from the Highlands and elsewhere in the world about all the noted/famous Mac/Mcvicars to someday put in a binder and pass down to my grandchildren..such stories as the origins of the name, the herdsboy, the Five Baron MacVicars, the temple at the Teasmpull A'MPhiocar in the Orkneys,Cariston?? in North Uist dated 1200AD where all the McVicars learned to be priests... the McVicars that gifted the land to Colin Campbell then the Earl of Argyll (now the Duke is Torquil Campbell who just married Lady Eleanor Cadbury) upon which Inveraray Castle now stands and they reside there part of the year..this was once McVicar land but was taken over during the Battle of Brannochburn by King Robert the Bruce..were it not for the wise gift of the land by the Baron McVicar the Campbells would have massacred all the McVicars and chased them from the area the same as they did to the McIvers and others of the Mcnaughton clan..later they did massacre the MacDonalds at the Campbells are still hated in parts of Scotland for these deeds to this day it is better to say you are from the MacNaughton clan if you are visiting there and not in Campbell territory.. once you get to Argyll you can then switch to the Campbell kilt safely... they say an elephant never forgets but then neither does a Highland the MacNaughtens were one of the oldest clans in the Highlands and the Campbells one of the most powerful I am proud to be decended from both of grandmother was actually born in Inverness but it's still the Highlands..if you want dates and certificates my sister is the person to contact however if you want all the stories of the clan from day one i.e. the McVicars have been in Argyll since 300AD as part of the picts and druids before the Vikings, Romans , Normans or English , or even rival clans like the Campbells came after note is that since the early 1300's there has never been a Campbell of Argyll Chief's funeral that a McVicar was not named to be one of the pallbearers..I find that fascinating..

Name: Ross Ridings <>
Date: 2003-08-08
Have come across your webpages while tracking an Ancestor of ours. We believe that he was in the 58th Regiment of Foot. His occupation listed as such on the Early Auckland Births database for the birth of his daughter Mary. He was married to Margaret Fitzgerald, the daughter of a Fencible. The Pay and Muster Books for the Regiment held at the Auckland Museum list him among the Drummers and Fifers for the period 1845 to 47. He does not appear as being discharged here in New Zealand, however his son Alfred Edward Howell was born in 1869.

Keep up the good work


Name: Alex Green <>
Date: 2003-08-05
A little information on Gerald Edward Flower. Born circa 1850, Bath, Somerset. Son of Joseph & Lucy Flower. Married Clara A.E. Lovell at Funafuti, Ellice Group in the Friendly Islands in 1880. [Source: Tasmanian Mail, 7 February 1880, p.11, c.4] Clara A.E. Lovell was born circa 1854 at Richmond, Tasmania. She was the seventh daughter of J.F. Lovell of Hobart.

Thanks for the information on your page It was a great help to me finding details regarding the Flower family.


Name: deloris branch <>
Date: 2003-07-27
Looking for Carters in 1824 in Tn.

Name: kevin welsh <>
Date: 2003-06-28
My great great great grand father John Horton McKay married a lady Irihapati Hahau in the late 1700s and settled in the Raglan district
(Waikato) their daughter Harriet McKay married Thomas Waterford Wade. After having many children things branched out from there. One of their daughters Laura Lillian Wade my great grand mother married Richard Gibb and settled down in Onehunga. Their daughters were my grand mother Moana Gibb who married Norman Welsh and her sister Laura Lillian Gibb who married Fraser Glass and lived on Mays Road Onehunga.


Name: Lisa Carter <>
Date: 2003-06-28
My family and I arrived in Auckland from London in 1973 and initially we rented a lovely old Villa at no 144 Queen Street as it was known by then, now I think it is just The Mall? We were quite near the top of the road which meant we spent a lot of time at Cornwall Park having great fun and doing the things you did as kids in the seventies! My parents then brought a house at 35 Trafalgar Street on the corner of Trafalgar and Pleasant St, this used to be the old coachman's quarters of the huge house that used to be next door. You will probably know the history of this house as the family used to be very large land owners and were very well known. For some reason I have totally forgotten the names and history surrounding this house and would be delighted if you
could enlighten me!
I have very fond memories of those years spent mostly at Jellicoe Park,
gosh we lived at the pools! All of the kids in the neighborhood hung out
there and we all have magical memories of picnics in the park and
special drives at night to see the fountain all lit up changing colours.

And the old Fencibles house, many an afternoon was spent there learning about the history and marveling at all the old fashioned clothes and furniture! Some of my best school years were at Onehunga Primary School, it was all pretty simple back then, we all used to line up outside the front of the original building for school assemblies and prize giving's etc! No flash school hall in those days! The old cast iron hand bell and the large one
attached to the school used to be rung to announce playtime etc! I think
they are now antiques!


Name: Fred Waldron <>
Date: 2003-06-28
My Family came to N.Z in 1909. In 1938 my Grandfather, Charlie Waldron, built and ran the Confectionary Factory at 7 Hill St. It is still there but no longer makes sweets however.

Name: Brian Thrussell <>
Date: 2003-06-28
Hi Russell, I was born & brought up in Onehunga, & left for Hastings around 1970. My father spent most of his working life, after serving his apprentiship as a carpenter, driving tram No. 233 on the Onehunga run. We lived in Church St on the corner of George Terrace, (no. 31). I went to Onehunga Primary, Maunkau Intermediate (as it then was) & later to Mt Albert Grammar. I started to play Rugby for Manukau Rovers, but as I am very short-sighted, without my glasses couldn't find the scrum, let alone the ball! So I switched to Onehunga Football Club (soccer). In Summer I sailed my P class yacht, (P5 Bat) then Z16 Python, then crewed on 14 footers. We raced as members of both Manukau Yacht Club & the Manukau Cruising Club, all over the Manukau Harbour, ranging from Onehunga to Papakura to Waiuku To Cornwallis & Orua Bay & points between. Later I scrambled motorcycles as a member of the Onehunga Motorcycle Club.

Name: Brian Sutton <>
Date: 2003-06-23
Lived in Onehunga for 21yrs

Name: kevin welsh <>
Date: 2003-06-22
brilliant, i hope this site grows as onehunga (the first port of auckland) has a lot of history.

Name: Glen <>
Date: 2003-05-31
I have spent a very pleasant hour in your site and compliment you on a job well done. Very impressive.

Name: Hugh Waterhouse <>
Date: 2003-05-30
hello !
though I didn't find the Copley's I was looking for (in connection with local history research in Sheffield) I think your site, in its clarity and interest, should be a model for anyone putting their genealogy on the net.


Name: Ali Khan <>
Date: 2003-04-23

I live in onehunga now at 58 Normans Hill Rd. The old house is absolutely great. I spent the holiday break renovating the house.

Ali ...


Name: john <>
Date: 2003-03-30
great site for all things past.

Name: Sue Swanborough <>
Date: 2003-03-22
I am searching for the Blithes that landed in New Zealand in the 1860s and settled in Hokitika

Name: Anna Arrol <>
Date: 2003-01-26
I have really enjoyed your web site, 2 days I spent reading every word! Its well written and so informative! I am interested to know where you quote "58th Regiment short Story" is this a book?


Name: Bruce Davidson <>
Date: 2003-01-17
Thank you!



Name: Lee Carter <>
Date: 2002-12-26
Brill informative site.
I am researching Carters of London.
Alexander ,George,Thomas,Alfred.Alexander had eight children Herbert Alfred went to Australia i believe


Name: Peter Bellarby <>
Date: 2002-12-16
Related to John Wardle Bellarby

Name: judith mcvicker helmstetter <>
Date: 2002-09-18
loved your site, ran out of time but will be back thank you, judy

Name: Maria <>
Date: 2002-08-17
Great site! I am doing some research for a friend on his family name, Brierly, his grandfather being George Brierly, the 4th son of William and Anne Roache. I am from Canada and have found online information difficult to acquire from New Zealand regarding genealogy. Keep up the great work!

Name: Sina Taihia-Siva <>
Date: 2002-07-12
I've been searching for my dad's family since the early 1970's and thanks to technology, I was able to locate them after all these years. I wanted to see pictures of Onehunga, since this is where one of my uncle and his family lives. Beautiful!!!
I can't wait 'til I do visit. God Bless!


Name: Robin Patterson, New Zealand <>
Date: 2002-07-05
Most impressive Copley page. I've added a profile of it to the Zeal directory, so several search engines will have it on their books soon.

Name: Emma Harford <>
Date: 2002-07-04
hi, just searching for things about Onehunga and found this site. Not sure how correct I am but about 177 Grey St, this house belonged to my Stepfather's Aunts parents, their last name is Stewart (Stuart?) I think Mr Stewart might have even built it. Their daughter Molly married my stepdads Mum's brother who was a Harvey. Thats about all I know but Im sure theres more info within the Family.
cheers & great site.My Stepfather is a decendant also of Arthur Purchase who had one of the churches in Onehunga.


Name: Tom P. Carter <>
Date: 2002-05-19
It's always good to hear from other Carter's around the world. After all, we probably all have the same ancestors, if we could go back that far

Name: Cathryn Bower <>
Date: 2002-05-03
Was fascinated to see the Copley tree on your site.My 2xgreat grandmother was Elizabeth Woollen (nee Gaunt) and she was the sister of Mary Gaunt of Leeds who married George Copley of Tickhill. Mary and Elizabeth lived next door to each other in Mansfield Road Rotherham. I have an old photo album of mostly unidentified relatives; thanks to your site I now have a name for one of them - Mary Evelyn Copley. Do you have other Copley photos? I'm sure some of mine are Copleys.

Name: Gavin Keegan <>
Date: 2002-04-07
Need info on James Keegan Of onehunga Arr 1849 and son William Keegan Onehunga

Name: Delwyn <>
Date: 2002-03-14
Love your site Russell, will have to look at some of your links.

Date: 2002-01-27
looking for Nimrod - 1864 voyage to Auckland

Name: John Ward <>
Date: 2001-12-13
My HOWSON ancestors date back to 16th C in Tickhill. Copley and Pagden's included.

Contact me at
22 Verger Close
DN11 0XP


Name: Deanne Walls <>
Date: 2001-11-24
For the first time I think I have a lead on how my g-grandmother came to Australia.

I believe that Mary Boyce 18yrs, (passenger 132) might be my "Mary." I've not got something to follow-up on.

Many Thanks.