A day of all things Scottish and Celtic. Haggis, whisky, food stalls, dancers, pipers, jewellery, clothing, drummers, warriors, clans, kilts, Highland sports and games, pipe bands and clan opening ceremony with a welcome in Gaelic, and a grand finale with dancers & massed bands.

Go along to Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland this Saturday, 18 November, for a fun-filled day.  Don’t miss the opening ceremony at 12:25, and say hello to Rodger Matheson and Chris Binns in the Clan Matheson tent.  Check out the rest of the programme here Highland Games 2017 Auckland programme

There have been some changes in the group of volunteers who run the New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society.  Further volunteers are needed, so if you can help please contact any committee member (listed here).

The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society is having its annual meeting in Auckland on Sunday 30 July, and all members and potential members are welcome.  Please feel free to come along and help guide the branch’s activities over the next year, and meet other clan members.

The meeting is at the Logan Campbell building in the Auckland Botanic Gardens, on Sunday 30 July from 1pm to 4pm.

This Anzac Day sees a new section on the Clan Matheson New Zealand website about New Zealand Mathesons who served in the Second World War. Telling their stories is a large exercise, made difficult in part because the WW2 service personnel files have not yet been digitised, unlike those from WW1.

MATHESON, Farquhar Duncan gravestone NZWGP download (Custom)To kick this project off I’ve started with those Mathesons and Mathiesons from New Zealand and serving in the New Zealand forces who died overseas during WW2. There are 12 in all, listed on the linked page but with their individual stories told on separate pages.

Their stories are as diverse as that global conflict, and there are twists and turns in their tales. The deaths of some are somewhat mysterious, but we have a fuller account of others.
Why is someone who died in Germany commemorated in Egypt? Out of these 12, two died on the same day in the same place.

I’m grateful to those who have helped with this project, including some with family connections to the deceased. I hope I have done justice to the stories of their kin. Any further information would be welcome.

We know of 80 Mathesons who went overseas from New Zealand to fight in the First World War.  They’re listed on our website, and you can now follow links from 25 of the 80 entries to find out more about some individuals.

In passing I’ve written accounts of four Mathesons who served in other countries’ armed forces during that war.

I’ve discovered two more publications about Mathesons in New Zealand, and profiled them on the Clan Matheson website.

By ‘Chance’ to Victoria is, despite the title, more about New Zealand than Australia. It recounts the stories of the families of John and Elizabeth Matheson and Christopher and Ann McRae.

The Paparimu Matheson family tree details the Mathesons who settled at Paparimu and Clevedon (both near Papakura in south Auckland). It contains transcripts and copies of original material dating back to the 1840s.

Publications such as this are invaluable treasuries of family stories and important parts of our history. Have you considered collecting your family stories and weaving them into an account that you can publish, in hard copy and/or online? How about kicking off this Christmas by talking to older relatives, and starting to scan and copy important family documents? Would starting such a project be a good New Year’s resolution?

I’ve added material to the page on the clan website that contains additional information about Mathesons who served in the First World War.

Thanks to one of the publications about New Zealand Mathesons, I’ve been able to tell something of the story of twin brothers Alexander Victor Mathieson and William Alfred Mathieson and their cousin William Harper Mathieson. All three hailed from farming stock in Southland, joined up, and returned safely from the war to go back onto the land.

One performance of next year’s Edinburgh Tattoo will feature Clan Matheson.  Check out our events page for details.

The international Clan Matheson Society website has had a complete overhaul.  Do visit and check out the useful information there.

If you’re in Auckland on Sunday 24 July, please come along to the annual meeting of the Clan Matheson Society New Zealand branch.  Full details here.