I’ve reorganised the pages on New Zealand Mathesons in the First World War, and have created a new ‘landing page‘ for this area of the website.

More material is being added to this section of the site.  The latest is the sad story of Alexander George Matheson.


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

The name of one small road in West Otago has a lot of history behind it.  Read how this stretch of roadway recalls an intrepid pioneer, and still has a mystery for us.

After Lake Matheson on the West Coast, Mathesons Bay near Leigh north of Auckland may be the best-known Matheson place name in New Zealand.  You can read more here about who this attractive bay was named after; hard-working, brave settlers.

You can serve your friends olive oil with the Matheson name on!  In a short road called Matheson Way, near Waiau Pa south of Auckland, Matheson Estate grows olives and makes extra virgin olive oil.

Land that has been in a Matheson family for more than 150 years is now on the market.  Originally owned by Angus Matheson and Jessie Matheson, the three lots near Leigh (which is near Warkworth) are being sold by their descendants.


Are you a piper or drummer wanting to to improve your skills? Do you know someone who is? The Clan Matheson Society New Zealand branch is giving a grant of $500 to help someone attend this year’s summer school run by the Royal New Zealand Pipe Bands Association.

Preference will be given to someone with Matheson connections, though that’s not essential, and you have to be able to play ‘Green Hills of Tyrol’ (or similar). And you’ll have to be in quick as the deadline for enrolment is 1 November.

The summer school will be held over five days in January, with international and local tutors taking part. Check out the website for details, and please spread the word.

The venue for the Scottish Clans Association dinner on Saturday 12 September has changed; it’s still at Alexandra Park, but in the Hobson Room rather than the Rutherford Room.  18 Mathesons are attending.

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).

P1100485 Doug portrait (Custom)The New Zealand representative of the Chief of Clan Matheson, known as the Chief’s Lieutenant, is Douglas (Doug) Matheson. He’s long been an active supporter of clan activities in this country.

This week Doug has celebrated his 90th birthday, and in two gatherings some of his many friends and many of his kin joined to mark this significant achievement. Doug is very well-regarded for his positive nature and generous spirit. Congratulations and best wishes, Doug