04. October 2021 · Comments Off on New family history forum · Categories: News

We’ve added a page to this site for people to post their queries (and tips) for researching Matheson family history that has a New Zealand connection.

If you are researching your Matheson family heritage, and have a question you think others might be able to help with, then feel free to leave a comment on that page.  This is for people whose Matheson heritage has a New Zealand connection.

You can also post your queries in the Clan Matheson New Zealand Facebook group.

The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society is for anyone interested in Matheson heritage.  We’re meeting on Sunday 8 August 2021 in Auckland, to discuss some exciting ideas about making our information and activities available to all.

Come along to meet others interested in Matheson heritage, and hear how we’re planning to adapt for the future.  Auckland Botanic Gardens, Hill Road, Manurewa, in the Logan Campbell Room from 1:30 pm.

Want to do more to generate interest in Matheson heritage?  Keen to strengthen the profile of Scottish culture and customs in New Zealand?  If you have a good idea about how to do that, we’d like to hear from you.

Applications are now open for the 2021/22 Clan Matheson Grant.  Check here for more information.

The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society is more than 30 years old.  Does the model of three decades ago best suit New Zealanders today?  It seems not: meetings and gatherings are fewer and less well-attended than in the past, and the number of paid-up members is slowly declining.  People interact, learn and contribute in ways that were unimaginable when the society was established in the late 1980s.

Your branch committee has been discussing this for some time.  Last year we surveyed members and others with an interest in Matheson heritage. 

The branch committee has thought about the survey results some more, and how to support the aims of the branch into the future.  We’ve come up with a rather radical idea, which you can read about here.

Please let us know what you think.

Want to do more to generate interest in Matheson heritage?  Keen to strengthen the profile of Scottish culture and customs in New Zealand?  If you have a good idea about how to do that, we’d like to hear from you.

We are the New Zealand branch of the international Clan Matheson Society.  We have established a small grant scheme to help people implement worthwhile projects that align well with those aims.

If you think you have an appropriate activity that we might fund, check out the grant scheme here.  Your proposal might be traditional, to do with pipe bands or Highland games.  It might be innovative, like establishing virtual connections between New Zealand and Scottish places and people, or experimenting with haggis recipes using New Zealand ingredients.  It might benefit an individual, or a community.  Go on, surprise us!

Applications close on 30 November 2020.

What are the best ways to foster people’s interest in their Matheson heritage?  How do those people want to engage with others?  What part should the Clan Matheson Society play in this?

To help answer those questions, and shape the future for Clan Matheson in New Zealand, we have a short survey.  It’s for existing and past members of the branch.  It’s for people with a Matheson connection or interest in Matheson heritage, who don’t belong to the branch.

Please take a moment to complete the survey.  You can access the survey here, or read more about it here.

And pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.

We have a new committee for the coming year.  They’re listed here, along with all the contacts for the New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society.

Clan Matheson will be represented at the 2020 Kirkin’ of the tartan in Auckland, on Sunday 26 July.  Check out our events page for details.

Join others who are interested in Matheson heritage, at the 2020 annual meeting of the Clan Matheson Society in New Zealand.  Come along to share ideas about how the branch can work to foster interest in Matheson heritage, and strengthen connections between Mathesons and Matheson descendants in New Zealand and worldwide.

Details are on our events page.

Our story about Archie Matheson could only speculate about how he met his end while a prisoner of war in Germany at the end of the Second World War. Through Zelda Matheson’s research we have access to a letter written by a fellow New Zealand soldier who was there when it happened. The sad story can now be told.