Newsletter index

The Clan Matheson New Zealand newsletters are free to receive by email or download from our website. They’re full of articles written for people interested in their Matheson heritage.   On this page is a link to an index of articles in the newsletter since we introduced the new A4 format. It’s just been updated …

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Hebredean Connections

Do you have family connections to the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles of Scotland? If so, you’ll find Hebridean Connections very useful.   Supported by academic and government bodies, it draws together archive material and personal recollections relating to the islands from Lewis in the north to Benbecula in the south.

Cromwell Fire Brigade

Fliss Matheson is one of the volunteer firefighters in Cromwell involved in restoring a 1970s fire engine (truck) to its former glory. Once back on the road in its original Cromwell brigade colours, the vehicle will raise the brigade’s profile and be used at community events. Great work!

Our December newsletter is out

Beannachdan dhuibh! The latest Clan Matheson New Zealand newsletter has articles about the Gaelic language, this summer’s Highland games, family history research and innovative Mathesons doing interesting things with cauliflowers and clay.   Read about this and much more in your free copy available from our website.  

1921 Scottish census released

After 10 years of waiting, another Scottish census has been released. At the beginning of this month the 1921 Scottish census was made available, fully searchable, on the ScotlandsPeople website.   Time to get searching for ancestors and other relatives.

Kinda ice cream

We’ve previously featured Jenni Matheson and her ‘kinda’ ice cream, made without the help of cows. Now her plant-based product is about to be launched nationwide on the menu of Hell Pizza, so you’ll be able to try it out.   It’s taken two years for Jenni to move from small-scale batches to making 600 …

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Zelda Matheson of Dunedin took out a first prize in the recent Otago Rose Society show. Zelda is a keen family historian, and has contributed regularly to our website and newsletter. Well done, Zelda.

More than a game

More than a game is a charity using sport to contribute to mental health and wellbeing. Co-founder Graham Matheson played in a record-setting 45-hour football game in Wellington that raised more than $50,000 for the charity. Great work!