Lapel or cap badge of RAF 518 Squadron found on a sports field in South Island, New Zealand, in 2019 (32 x 20 mm). Made in Birmingham by HW Miller – medal, badge and button manufacturers since the 1930s. 518 Squadron – Meteorological Observers was stationed on Tiree during WWII. Only a handful of New Zealand men served at RAF Tiree, and it is presumed that the badge belonged to one of them and was dropped on his returned to New Zealand. The badge depicts a hand holding a key with the inscription ‘Tha an Iuchair againn-ne / We hold the key’.
Softback book ‘Tiree to New Zealand – The extraordinary journey of Euphemia Brown’, by Dianne Dew, 2017. A detailed account of courage, determination and ultimate success of Effie Brown (nee McKellar, b. 1836), who left her home in Cornaigbeg in 1878 with her husband Duncan Brown and seven of their children to establish a farm in the remote Central Otago region of Gimmerburn in New Zealand. Researched and written by Effie’s great-grandaughter.
Colour photograph of An Iodhlann committee members (L-R) Alasdair Sinclair, Brock (1923-2009), and Duncan Grant, Ruaig (born 1933), in An Iodhlann around 2006. Alasdair was one of the founding members of An Iodhlann, contributing a wealth of historical knowledge and material. Duncan is also on An Iodhlann’s committee and is the resident genealogist. The photograph was given to Duncan by a grateful visitor, Lynette MacLean-Crown, from New Zealand who was researching her family’s Tiree roots around 2010. A note from her is written on the back of the original print.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 418, 7/6/08
Local news: Tiree 10K; An Iodhlann re-opens; interview with Elaine Hutchinson; air link between Oban and islands; Helen Thompson professional kite-surfer; `Tiree Experience` day tour; the Tiree Association; architecture awards; MacLeans of Tiree and New Zealand; kite-building competition (goose scarers); `Pipathon`; closure of Craft Shop, Kenovay.
Photograph of a group of adults of the Kennedy family, Balevullin, and Isabel MacLean, Vaul
Black & white portrait photograph of L-R (seated): Donald Kennedy, Alistair Kennedy, `old` Isabel MacLean of Vaul; L-R (standing): Donald Kennedy (New Zealand), Marion Kennedy, Neil Kennedy (killed in New Zealand). Original stored in 2014.5.1 filing cabinet 10 drawer 1.
Book about Sir Donald MacLean`s (Kilmoluaig) station in New Zealand, 1857-today
Hardback book by Alan Scarfe about Donald MacLean who emigrated from Kilmoluaig to New Zealand in the mid 1800s, the huge farming station he set up and its evolution from then until now.
Information about the Campbells of Balephuil whose family emigrated to Canada and New Zealand
Emailed information and photographs about the descendants of Archibald Campbell and his wife Mary Ann Campbell (nee Black) of Balephuil, and their grandson Hugh MacKinnon (1915-1943) who died during WWII. Hugh is the subject of a Tiree ghost story. Information about their Canadian descendant, Sharon Clayton`s, visit to Tiree in 2013. Photographs of the Campbell house at Balephuil accessioned separately as S195 & S196.
Various articles relating to Tiree from Australian and New Zealand newspapers 1875-1936
Newspaper articles about Tiree and Tiree people from various Australian and New Zealand newspapers. Includes `Aeroplanes Banned` by the Duke of Argyll 1936; marriage of Mary Brown, Tiree, to Thomas Lindsay of Maruimato, NZ, 1896; marriage of Flora MacIntyre, Tiree, to George Theyers of Maori Creek, NZ, 1875; death of Neil Campbell (1833-1912) of Tiree and Parramatta, Australia, 1912; diamond wedding anniversary of Donald Kennedy, Tiree, and Alice Hardman, York, 1818; `Another Island for Sale` 1911; `In the Western Highlands`, 1894.
Booklet `Sìl an Eòrna – Children of the Barley` 2006
Booklet about the circumstances and fates of people who left Tiree en masse, sailing to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Patagonia and USA during the mid 1800s to early 1900s. Researched by Dr John Holliday for a summer exhibition at An Iodhlann.