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Hector McDonald

   

NOTE: This article is written as printed in the newspaper, it contains some glaring errors not the least of which is Hector's surname is spelled two different ways. It also gives the NZ arrival date as 1855 when the passenger list of the ship Lord Burleigh clearly states April 1856. The photograph from this article is used on Hector McDonald's page.

 

Auckland Weekly News- 14th November 1901 page 10

MR HECTOR MACDONALD

WAIPU

Among our illustrations is a portrait representing Mr. Hector Macdonald. one of the earliest settlers of Waipu. He is now in his 96th year, being the oldest man in the settlement, and although he has been blind for some 10 years, his mind is as active as that of many men of 70 years of age.

He has taken the keenest interest in the Boer War, and indeed, in all current events. Owing to infirmities of old age, he was not able to come to town to see Sir Hector Macdonald, but he knows some of Sir Hector's people, and, indeed, is connected by marriage with some of the latter's family.

Mr Hector Macdonald comes from Gairloch, and left Scotland in 1855, coming from London direct to Auckland. He has a family of four sons and, two daughters, both the latter residing in Auckland. Two of his sons are farmers, one at Waipu, with whom the old gentleman lives, and the other in Whangarei. The other two sons are captains of large steamships trading from Australia to India. There are 39 living grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr McDonald is a widower, his wife having died in 1875.

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