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New Zealand / Re: 18th Irish Regiment 1850's-1860's.
« on: Monday 22 November 21 11:06 GMT (UK)  »

Historic NZ B. D. & Marriages. BIRTHS 1860 – 1862 inclusive.  McCARTHY

1861/69 McCarthy Katherine; Julia; Michael
1861/5925 McCarthy Patric; Julia; John
1862/12926 McCarthy Charles; Ellen; James
1860/11368 McCarthy Charles James; Esther; Phillip
1862/14264 McCarthy Arthur Peter; Elizabeth Ann; Samuel


Ps By adjusting the date search range it is possible to find the actual birth date that was registered.

Argyllshire / Alexander MacKINNON & Isle of Tiree
« on: Monday 22 November 21 09:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hello from Down Under.

The little museum on the Isle of Tiree holds an old photocopy of a seaman’s “Master Local Trade” certificate, issued to Alexander MacKINNON. [1997.145.1] [No Provenance]

The original office duplicate of 110 years ago, is held in the New Zealand National Archives, as is his “Mate’s” certificate issued a few years before.

Records in Australia, suggest this seaman, was probably born in 1869/1870.

NZ Arbitration Court records of 1915 have one Alexander MacKINNON, Mate of the ss Hawera giving evidence.

The Hawera was purpose built for the shallow draft harbour of Patea, to Wellington, trade.

Press reports of coastal shipping intelligence, record Alexander as Mate, and then Captain, serving Patea in the Hawera, and or, on one of her three sister ships, until 1926. Thereafter reports normally just stated,  McKINNON as Master or Captain, continuing until WWII, when the boat was requestioned.

During that last 20 years there were a number of Mac/McKINNON Captains serving along the NZ coast, so it becomes difficult to sort them all out, without knowing anything about this man’s heritage, or if he had other family steaming along the NZ coast.

Lyttleton/Christchurch Electoral Roll 1911 - 1914; and Wellington Central 1914 - 1919.

If those who believe they are related to this seaman make contact, I now have over 130 printed items, giving an insight to the service he played for the South Taranaki community, between WWI and WWII.

When COVID restrictions ease, I hope to have quality photos taken from the certificate duplicates.

PS This offer of shared info comes without strings [free] paying it forward for the help given to me over the past 50 years.

New Zealand / Re: Wellington Archives Lookup - Coroner's Inquest File
« on: Monday 22 November 21 02:17 GMT (UK)  »
Sounds just like a year ago at Auckland. Limited counter face to face, and controlled number in the reading at any one time.


New Zealand / Re: Merchant Navy - Master (Home Trade) Certificate.
« on: Thursday 18 November 21 20:54 GMT (UK)  »
Greetings again jcmac.

Thanks for the challenge your request has given me, to occupy myself during lockdown. Another chapter added to my interest in our pioneers.

I will privately forward an update to Tiree etc, should I find more to positvely identify Alexander MacKINNON, and his service on the NZ coastal trade ships. It's a pitty there is no provenance available, about the record retained by the Tiree Museum. I gather it was lodged in the early days.

If warrented, at that time, I will start a new thread in the name of Alexander as I expect this one will have joined the rankes of a "NZ completed thread" by then.

All the best with your on going research.


New Zealand / Re: Merchant Navy - Master (Home Trade) Certificate.
« on: Thursday 18 November 21 11:12 GMT (UK)  »
OOps not the one I ment to attach. Try again.  Alan.

New Zealand / Re: Merchant Navy - Master (Home Trade) Certificate.
« on: Thursday 18 November 21 10:58 GMT (UK)  »
When researching shipping in 1918, it is very interesting to see the impact of a pandemic sweeping across a country, and how Public Health reacted, compared to today's COVID experience.

Sailors came into port and unknowingly caught the flu. Ships were disinfected and fumigated, before heading to sea again.

A few days out, and the remaining able bodied sailors on board were forced to seek refuge at the nearest port.

At Wellington emergency hospitals were set up. The Harbour Board turned a cargo shed into an Inhalation Chamber processing 100’s of warfie’s and sailor's per day.

Wharfie’s elected to stand down for a week, and pushed for ships to leave their berth, and ride out the flue, at anchor, in the road steads and channels.

A couple of clips attached.

PS Thankyou KHP for follow up info for Alexander MacKINNON, seaman on the ss Kairaki. Lyttleton, Christchurch for the 1911 electoral roll.


New Zealand / Re: Merchant Navy - Master (Home Trade) Certificate.
« on: Sunday 14 November 21 22:26 GMT (UK)  »

Interesting reply mckha.  Yet to make contact with descendants who provided the original certificate to the Island Museum. There were a number of same named gentleman / mariners on the go, so a little difficult sorting out which was which. However the Mc/MacKINNON name is associated with the Patea to Wellington trade from 1913 to 1945, and the two certificates in that name for NZ coast pre date that.

Already noticed that quite a number of names in the Wellington and Taranaki area WWI BALLOTS where a  marine occupation was stated, did not have a listing on CENOTAPH. It was while researching names I came upon the "Ineligible" requirement stipulated in WORKERS WANTED adds.

Must back to the farm accounting, but could not resist seeing, when I paused for a cuppa, if some one had had the time to help.

Finding the history of the little port of PATEA very interesting. In many ways similar to previous Whakatane and Tauria shipping research. Early settlements were heavily reliant upon access by sea.

So Thanks.


New Zealand / Re: Merchant Navy - Master (Home Trade) Certificate.
« on: Sunday 14 November 21 19:53 GMT (UK)  »
Morning all.

Can any one locate where Alexander MacKINNON who died [1968/42238] 11/11/1968 aged 79 was buried/cremated.

As the MacKINNON spelling is not that common, in NZ archived records, it could be the same mariner that KHP found on the Wellington electoral roll 1914 - 1919. 

I now have evidence of Captain Mc/MacKINNON doing the Patea run in the Hawera and sister ships right up to 1945.


New Zealand / Re: MAN inelegible
« on: Saturday 13 November 21 09:09 GMT (UK)  »
An explanation.

At first glance one could be excused for thinking why would a classified FARM WORKERS WANTED add have ‘ineligible’ listed as a prerequisite skill.

But at the time of war ineligible “for military service” was very important to a farmer short of labour.

Especially so when his existing able bodied men were getting balloted for active service. Even more so when his sons, were also being called up.

Ineligible men had already been deemed, to not meet the able bodied test for service, but could still be fit enough, to hold down a full time physical job on the farm, without the threat of being called away in the next ballot.

So during war time, ineligible was quite commonly mentioned, in a wide range of adds seeking staff.


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