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I have been studying the descendency of both my Mother and Fathers Scots, Irish and German ancestors.

As I have previoulsy written, our Robertson Clan married into McBeath of Dunedin New Zealand. This line,  put's the jigsaw peices together. Mary's mother was Anne McLeod who married Hector McBeath both of Scotland.

They left Scotland, lived at Macedon, Victoria for some time and then shipped themselves to Dunedin, New Zealand.

Thomas J. Robertson: This jigsaw is still far from completed but this genealogist believes that these two families may have had a fall-proof system whereas Thomas's parent's may have been buried at Anderson Bay Dunedin, in Plot 22.  This is also the same with our McBeath Family of Dunedin, Plot 22 Southern Cemetery.

Genealogy doesn't just take you to your family members, it also makes you think about, how they lived, who they lived with and what place in history did their lives construct...

I've been busy, researching in the state libraries, reading newspapers, books and I even found a distant family member who I really could have spoken too - but he unfortuanately passed away before I could learn where he was in New Zealand. Barry Alan Holliss, related to,  Rex Holliss Communist Writer and Supporter of N.Z had spent the last six years with the Banks Pennisula Council at Lyttleton N.Z. Barry marr: Marie who was the daughter of Alex Robertson, B: 1894 Nelson and the sister of my mother. Who funnily enough lives at the same street address - as the Printing Firm, Robertson/McBeath, Dunedin. N.Z.

Alex Robertson, who bears the name of the Clan poet, Alex Robertson. Married a German, New Zealand born girl went by the name of Muller. She was born at Picton in 1909 and did not know much about her German Descendants whom I gather emigrated to Nelson, New Zealand. When she passed away in 1980, she resided at 68 Grafton Street, Christchurch.

My research lead me to read about the 1968 Wahine Disaster of New Zealand. This Car-Ferry had one Captain Hector Gordon Robertson, who resided at the Hutt Region, of Wellington N.Z. This got me thinking as my grandfather had also be a resident of Hutt, Wellington during the 1920's he had been working as a 'Brassmoulder'.

Was Hector related to Alex's older brother Hector Robertson b: 1877? That jigsaw still needs to be completed.

Ken McLeod, the Helmsman of the Wahine Car-Ferry is also another peice of the jigsaw. Who was he related too?

The Police Rescue operations for Cyclone Giselle and the Wahine Ferry Disaster were co-ordinated by Chief Inspector George Twentyman of N.Z police National Headquarters, 1968.


What bought me to these conclusions?: the marriage registration number on the Microfilm provided to my State Library Genealogical Centre for Thomas J Robertson and Mary McBeath, Marr: 1875 at Dunedin is 336.

When Cyclone Giselle hit the Wahine Car-Ferry and captsized it, their were many NSW and Victorian Travellers on the ship who were passengers for Tiki Tour 336.

My research makes my mind boggle.

Further more: I was born at Timaru, N.Z and I have found using the Internet Cemetery sites provided for by the City and District Council's, one unfortunate passenger who drowned listed as Wallace Allen Robertson to have been interred at Timaru Cemetery in 1968. Dad, Abercrombie, who has been research by a Lilley - name, also mentioned in 'The Wahine Disaster Book' moved lot, stock and barrel to the North Island around 1968, from Timaru, N.Z. We didn't take the Ferry!

 Clan Robertson can also proudly associate itself with the famous Prime Minister Keith Holyoake through, the family: Stringer / Robertson Marriage.

Genealogy: is so much more interesting that first thought, my Abercrombie's are the Scot/Irish, County Cavan, Ireland, connection. We have not been able to connect this family with any Scot's Abercrombie's. My GG Grandfather Thomas John Robertson, died at Nelson, Waimea. He had been working for the Govt, Railways of Nelson before he died at age 61.

I married into a Mills Family, and have researched their genealogical history back to Patea, New Zealand and Kent, England through some intreped emailing.

There is always a Detective, within most families and Genealogy makes for that skill. I hope you enjoyed this part of my story from New Zealand and Australia.

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