Our list of published family stories of New Zealand Mathesons has grown to six, with the addition of a new book about one person’s First World War service. ‘Answering the call: Colin Matheson in the First World War’ tells the story of the father of Doug Matheson, who was trained to fight and sent to the Western Front in the latter years of that conflict.
Researching and writing the stories of individuals or their families brings history to life, and records people’s experiences for future generations.
Check out our events page for details of the annual dinner of the Auckland Scottish clans association in September. The guest of honour is the only chief of a clan in the world who is a New Zealander.
The annual meeting of the Clan Matheson Society in New Zealand will be held in Auckland on Sunday 19 July. Check out our events page for the location and time.
Clan member Zelda Matheson has been providing more material about Mathesons and Mathiesons from New Zealand who served in the First World War. On the ‘additional information’ page I’ve added death notices for brothers James Weir Matheson and Thomas Alexander Matheson, who died in Belgium (not France, as their death notices said) just two months apart in 1917.
They were sons of John and Margaret Matheson of Kennington in Southland, and grandsons of Capt James and Christina Matheson of Port Chalmers and Kakanui in Otago. The story of James and Christina, and their migration to New Zealand, is told in the book Matheson saga: a story of foresight, courage and endeavour, which is profiled elsewhere on this site.
Zelda has also sent some more information about one of the mysteries identified in the earlier article. T A Mathieson is commemorated on the Granity war memorial on the West Coast. But we still don’t know anything about him.
The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society is holding its annual general meeting this month. Members will gather at the Logan Campbell Hall at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, at 1:30pm on Sunday 19 July. Come along to meet other clan members, and find out how you can help the branch in its activities.