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MCLENNAN family plot - Pioneers of Papakura

All sides of headstone transcribed:


In loving memory of


Died at Bay of Islands, 1845

Aged 27 years



Died at Sydney, 1848

Aged 38 years


In loving memory of


Died 11th November 1918

In his 31st year

Thy will be done


In loving memory of


Who died 26th July 1898,

Aged 88 years

At rest



Beloved wife of the above

Died 25th July 1919

In her 87th year


In loving memory of


Died February 17th 1882

Aged 15 years and 11 months

I know that my redeemer liveth



Died 24th June 1928

In his 75th year

Deeply regretted




[Interesting to note headstone states died 1845, whereas newspaper reports death on 27 October 1844].

Daily Southern Cross, Volume 2, Issue 82, 9 November 1844, Page 2

“At Russell, on the 27th October, Mr. Ewen McLennan, much and justly regretted. Mr McLennan was one of the first and most successful settlers both at Auckland and Russell.”[1]



[Similar situation as to Ewen MCLENNAN. Headstone states died 1848 but newspaper reports death as 17 September 1847. Also age discrepancy. It is possible it may be a different Donald?].

Daily Southern Cross, Volume 3, Issue 120, 9 October 1847, Page 2

“In Sydney on the 17th September, at the residence of Mrs Wright, 109, Elizabeth-street, Mr. Donald McLennan, late of Inverness, in the 31st year of his age.”[2]



“On July 26, at his residence, Fernaig, Papakura, Duncan McLennan, the beloved husband of Ann McLennan; in his 89th year. The funeral will leave his late residence on Thursday, the 28th inst., at 2pm. Friends please accept this intimation.”[3]


The death of Mr Duncan McLennan at his residence, Fernaig," Papakura, on the 26th instant, has removed from our midst one of the rapidly thinning band of very early settlers in this colony. Mr McLennan was a native of Invernesshire, Scotland, and left Greenock in the ship Minerva as far back as 1837. He first went to Sydney where he remained for six years. In 1843 he came over to Auckland and was the first settler at Papakura, going to that valley in 1848. During the. Maori War he was compelled to remove to Auckland, but. as soon as possible returned to his farm. The first church service held in Papakura district was in his house, and the majority of the early settlers' children were baptised there by the Revd. Mackay, then in charge of the district. The deceased was well-known for his wide-spread hospitality, his house being open to all. Mr McLennan leaves the aged partner of his life, three sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. Deceased had attained the advanced age of 89 years. The interment took place yesterday at Papakura, settlers from all-around being present to pay a last tribute of respect to the old pioneer of the district. The service was conducted by the, Rev. T. Norrie.[4]


Probate granted


Probate available:



Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 74, 25 September 1939, Page 6

Papakura Camp Site.

The site of the military training camp at Papakura is part of an area taken up by the late Mr. Duncan McLennan in 1842 and farmed by himself and his descendants ever since, states the "New Zealand Herald." The pioneer first acquired a section of 220 acres, later adding to it another area of the same size. The price was 10s an acre, but even so there were friends of Mr. McLennan in the Auckland settlement who asked him why he had selected land so remote. Actually, during the first war troubles Mr. McLennan had to abandon the place for a time. When Mr. McLennan died the farm was divided among his three sons, one of whom, Mr. E. D. McLennan, formerly M.P. for Franklin, and two grandsons of the pioneer, now surrender part of the original property for camp purposes. The soldiers who understand what is meant by a family having its roots on a particular soil will find special interest in the camp site, which was farmed by one family for 98 years.[5]

Further information on Duncan and Ann MCLENNAN




~Paperspast [NZ National Library digital newspapers online] notes that he was acting coroner at least from 1892-1896

~Noted as best man at the nuptuals of Miss REED of Papakura Valley and Dr CAROLAN, medical practitioner at Bombay in 1892


10 November 1899

Gazetted Justice of the Peace


1903 Member of the Manukau Licensing Committee.


His probate is available:
















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