Early NZ Immigrants

This is a list of some of our members’ ancestors who arrived here mainly from Scotland in the 1800s and early 1900s. We will be adding new people from time to time so do keep an eye on this page.

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ALEXANDER DAVIDSON Alexander Davidson b1891 small
Journeyman Engine Fitter and Drycleaner
Son of Alexander Davidson & Elizabeth Hardie
Born 1891, Queen St, Aberdeen, Scotland
Married in Glasgow 1915, Agnes McAllister THOMPSON
Arrived Auckland 1927 on “Arawa”
Died 1956, Thames


CHRISTOPHER JOHN DAVIDSON Microsoft Word Viewer - Christopher Davidson.doc
Son of John Davidson & Barbara Williams
Born 1845, Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland
Arrived Auckland 1874 on “Zealandia”
Married 1865, Mary Anne STOREY
Died 1885, Tairua Sawmills, Coromandel


EUPHEMIA DAVIDSON Euphemia b small
Daughter of John Davidson & Elizabeth McGregor
Born 1823, Glenmuick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Arrived Auckland 1859 on “Shooting Star”
Married 1861, Andrew JACK
Died 1898, Silverdale, North Auckland


Sheep Breeder and Farmer, Foxton
Son of Duncan IV of Tulloch & Marie Mackenzie
Born c.1857, Scotland
Married 1885, Wellington, Caroline Jane EVANS – 3 children
Died 1907, Pahiatua.

Storekeeper & Farmer
Son of William Davidson & Jemima Armstrong
Born 1836, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Arrived in NZ 1865 on the “Mallard”
Did not marry
Died 1916, Hawera.

ROBERT DAVIDSON Robert & Ann Davidson small
Farm Labourer & Gardener, Timaru
Son of Alexander Davidson & Jean Chalmers
Born 1822, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died 1882, Timaru

Daughter of Peter & Ann Davidson
Born 1794, Medlick, Aberdeen
Robert & Ann married 1847, New Machar Parish
Church, Aberdeenshire – 10 children
Arrived Lyttelton 1873 on the “Celestial Queen”

Gold Miner
Son of
Born 1857, Connor, Co.Antrim, Ireland
Married 1859, Victoria, Australia, Jane McCOSH – 4 children
Arrived Dunedin 1863
Died 1911, Queenstown

Son of William Davidson, farmer, and Mary Jane Ferguson, Derry, Nth Ireland
Born 7 Oct, 1852 in Moneymore
Married Rebecca Reid 29 Oct, 1874 in Moneymore
Sailed to NZ on the India and arrived Auckland 3 Mar, 1875
Son William John Davidson born 3 Jan, 1876 in Auckland
Wife, Rebecca, died 16 Oct, 1877 in Auckland
Thomas married Johanna Anderson on 4 Oct, 1881 in Auckland
Thomas and Johanna had two boys, Thomas (b.19 Jul, 1882) and George (b.10 Jan, 1884)
Thomas died 11 Dec, 1884 in Auckland

WILLIAM DAVIDSON William Davidson small
Shepherd and Farmer, Ashburton
Son of Andrew Davidson & Grace Armstrong
Born 1843, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Arrived Lyttelton 1874 on “Edward P. Bouverie”
Married 1884, Ashburton Louise Jane DUFFIELD
– 10 children
Died 1913, Lismore, Canterbury


RICHARD DAVISphotodavisSergeant and Drum Major Richard Davis
Son of Thomas and Anne Davis
Born 28.03.1828 in Naas, Ireland.
Joined the Yorkshire Regiment as an 11 year old bugler in 1839.
After serving overseas came to New Zealand on the “Java” in 1846 as a Sergeant and Drum Major with the 65th Regiment.
Married Eliza Carty (daughter of Charles Carty 65th Regiment)
23.02.1852 at the Church of Nativity, Wellington.
Had 11 children and discharged to Wellington 11.09.1865.
Lived in Tory Street, Wellington.
Drum Major in Wellington Garrison Band.
Died 01.02.1895 and given a military funeral.
Buried at Mount Street Cemetery, Wellington.