War is tragic and the First World War was especially so, but it had an interesting outcome in connecting New Zealanders of Scottish descent with their ancestral homeland.  A new article on this website links to a researcher’s blog post on this topic, and uses one example of this ‘roots tourism’ that was generated by WW1.


Here’s an opportunity to join fellow Mathesons and other folk of Scottish descent.  The Scottish Clans Association is holding its tenth annual dinner on Saturday 12 September, in the Hobson Room at Alexandra Park in Greenlane, Auckland.  The cost of tickets is $60 per person.  Contact the Clan Matheson Society chairman, Donald Matheson, if you’d like to join other Mathesons at the event (donaldm@slingshot.co.nz; 09 483 9147).