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Maraekakaho station

Photograph of Maraekakaho station at Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.


Courtesy of Mrs Ann MacPhee

Born in Kilmoluaig in 1820, Donald MacLean emigrated from Tiree aged eighteen. After a brief stay in Australia he moved to New Zealand where he became a fluent Maori speaker. The colony’s governor made him Protector of the Maoris around New Plymouth.

In 1844 he successfully defused a confrontation between Maoris and British settlers over disputed land. He travelled hundreds of miles on foot through scrub and along the coast by canoe, negotiating land sales and calming the simmering feuds between Maori tribes.

He bought 30,000 acres of rough land at Hawke’s Bay in 1855 where he established Maraekakaho station. In 1869 he became Minister of Native Affairs and also Minister of Defence. After his death in 1877, an old Maori chief wrote that MacLean had ‘spread the sleeping mat of peace for the tribes of the island.’

Black and white photograph of Mararekakaho station.

Mararekakaho station at Hawke`s Bay, New Zealand, established by Sir Donald MacLean.


Copied photograph of Flora MacDonald Coghill nee Kennedy around 1871 in New Zealand.

Flora MacDonald Coghill née Kennedy, the daughter of Hugh Kennedy and Jessie MacDonald of Sleat, Skye holding her son Robert, born in 1870, in Watahuna, New Zealand. Flora was born in Tiree in 1852 or 1853, married Robert Coghill in 1868 and died in Dunedin in 1923. (Copy of original photo from donor and view of New Zealand in Filing Cabinet 9 drawer 1)



Copied transcription of a letter dated 28/8/1905 to Jessie Coghill of New Zealand from her cousin Jenny in Balemartine.

Copied transcription of a letter dated 28/8/1905 to Jessie Coghill of New Zealand (probably the daughter of Flora MacDonald Kennedy) from her cousin Jenny in Balemartine with family news.