Descendants of Duncan MENZIES
Generation No. 1
1. DUNCAN MENZIES He married JESSIE GILCHRIST.
DUNCAN MENZIES was a Shepherd
Child of DUNCAN MENZIES and JESSIE GILCHRIST is:
i. ROBERT MENZIES, b. Abt. 1818, Scotland.; d. July 13, 1892, Shortland, Thames, New Zealand..
Notes for ROBERT MENZIES:
Died 13th July 1892, aged 74 years, at Old Man's Home, at Thames, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.
Died of Senectus
Undertaker Thomas Hammon, Pollen Street, Thames.
Buried 17th July, 1892, Thames.
Death Certificate sent by Suzanne Hamilton, Murrays Bay, North Shore , Auckland 26th June, 2007.
Robert Menzies is buried in the Shortland Cemetery at Thames. He is in public plot 1233, and he is a native of Scotland.
“RESIDENT MAGISTRATE, AUCKLAND - Register of Court proceedings -
Reference: BADW - Item 2, pages 27, 137 and 138 - complaints in 1846 by Robert MENZIES, Great Barrier and his Agents: Henry Richard CRETNAY and James Laurence ABERCROMBIE regarding James BRUCE, Bernard CALLEY and others refusing to return to service etc. If you wish to look at these entries you will have to write to the Justice Department in Wellington for permission to do so. It is over 160 years ago!! -
Robert Menzies publicises his workers at Nagles Cove shipbuilding site refusing to work.
William and Robert McDougall, and James Wemys, Carpenters, John Perry, James Mahoney, alias Donahoo, Hyatt Smith, and Edward Higgins, Joiners, James Lawrence, Blacksmith, and James Bruce, labourer. The above Men having absconded from my hired service, any person harbouring or employing them will be prosecuted to the utmost vigour of the law.
By His agent, H.R. Cretnay
April 20th, 1846.
Source: ‘The New Zealander’ newspaper Saturday 2/5/1846 p1, col 4
Captain Robert Menzies reminisces about the building of the Tryphena in Australia.
The Great Barrier Murder
A Singular Coincidence
A correspondent (Mr Robert Menzies, shipbuilder) of Coromandel, sends the following note: “It is rather a strange co-incidence that Penn, who is at present under charge of murder, should have been arrested at the very spot where a vessel which gave the name to Tryphena Bay, Great Barrier, was built by the late Mr Gillies and myself in 1841. We built a brig which was called the Tryphena, after the daughter of one of the owners, and I came over to the bay, now called Tryphena at the Barrier in her in 1842.”
Source: Star 9th November, 1886 p3