John Polson1

M, #286161, b. 5 December 1836
Last Edited=24 Sep 2000
     John Polson was born on 5 December 1836 at Marrel, Sutherland, ScotlandG.1 He was the son of James Polson and Flora McKenzie.
     John and Murdoch Bruce immigrated to Lyttelton, Canterbury, New ZealandG on the ship Canterbury, arriving on 10 January 1864. "The 'Canterbury', 1296 tons, sailed from London on 21 September 1863, and arrived after a journey taking 111 days. Captain Clare's log of the voyage out stated that lttle sickness existed, and the number of deaths were unusually small - two infants and one adult. Eight births occurred, increasing the 'number of souls on board at starting by five'.
The passengers expressed their satisfaction for the arrangements carried out during the voyage, to promote their comfort and health, and also that the cooking arrangements were a decided improvement over many immigrnat ships of former days.
The patent distilling appartus produced over 300 gallons of pure fresh water per day, and the surplus steam from the condensers were used to cook the food in the coppers. The 'Canterbury' carried a large cargo of general goods, including 150 cases of brandy and 2500 fire bricks. Passengers listed were 'four cabin, 45 in the second and equal to 373 Government Immigrants in the steerage'. These passengers were from all part of the British Isles, and it was noted that many were from coastal Scotland and also from the industrial cities of Britain.".2

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 7. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.

Alexander Polson1

M, #286162
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     Alexander Polson was born at ScotlandG.1 He was the son of James Polson and Flora McKenzie. He was baptized at ScotlandG, on 1 August 1838.1

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Anne Polson1

F, #286163, b. 1839
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     Anne Polson was born in 1839 at ScotlandG.1 She was the daughter of James Polson and Flora McKenzie. She was baptized at ScotlandG, on 1 January 1840.1

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Janet Polson1

F, #286164, b. 1843
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     Janet Polson was born in 1843 at ScotlandG.1 She was the daughter of James Polson and Flora McKenzie. She was baptized at ScotlandG, on 23 January 1843.1

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Alexanderina Polson1

F, #286165, b. 1850
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     Alexanderina Polson was born in 1850 at ScotlandG.1 She was the daughter of James Polson and Flora McKenzie.

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).


William Polson1

M, #286166, b. 1851
Last Edited=3 Sep 2000
     William Polson was born in 1851 at ScotlandG.1 He was the son of James Polson and Flora McKenzie.
     He was a labourer in 1881 at ScotlandG.2

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 6. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.

Flora Bruce1

F, #286167, b. 22 April 1869, d. 16 April 1883
Last Edited=18 Feb 2001
     Flora Bruce was born on 22 April 1869 at Cheviot, Canterbury, New ZealandG.2 She was the daughter of Murdoch Bruce and Catherine Polson. She died on 16 April 1883 at age 13.2 She was buried at Ashburton Public Cemetery, Old Section, Ashburton, New ZealandG, plot 806.3
     She was brought up living at Ocean View Farm, Buckleys Road, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG, from 1877 to 1883.4 She was a student at Seafield School, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG, from 1879 to 1883.5

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 13. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.
  3. [S2862] NZ Society of Genealogists, Ashburton Old Cemetery (Auckland, NZ: NZ Society of Genealogists, 1979), plot 806. Hereinafter cited as Ashburton Cemetery - Old Section.
  4. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, page 10.
  5. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, page 12.

William Murdoch Bruce1

M, #286168, b. 6 September 1870, d. 19 March 1955
Last Edited=3 Jun 2008
     William Murdoch Bruce was born on 6 September 1870 at Cheviot, Canterbury, New ZealandG.2 He was the son of Murdoch Bruce and Catherine Polson. He married Susan Donn, daughter of Robert Donn, on 22 June 1897.2 He died on 19 March 1955 at age 84.3,4 He was buried at Ashburton Public Cemetery, Ashburton, New ZealandG, plot 5002.4
     He has an extensive biographical entry in the William Bruce was known as a good judge of livestock, and was alwyas interested in the activities of the Agricultural and Pastoral Associations. He was also involved in Federated Farmer, teh Coldstream Road Board and the Presbyterian Church.
      He was brought up living at Ocean View Farm, Buckleys Road, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG, from 1877 to 1897.5 He was a student at Seafield School, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG, in 1879.2 He was a stock agent for National Mortgage and Agency Company Ltd in 1902 at Timaru, New ZealandG.2 He was a stock agent for National Mortgage and Agency Company Ltd from 1908 to 1915 at Geraldine, New ZealandG.2 He held the office of President of the Winchester A& P Association in 1914.2 He was a farmer in 1915 at Mount Alford, Canterbury, New ZealandG.2 He was a farmer from 1916 to 1932 at Lowcliffe, Canterbury, New ZealandG, A farm of 356 acres..2

Children of William Murdoch Bruce and Susan Donn

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 14. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.
  3. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, page 13.
  4. [S2863] NZ Society of Genealogists, Ashburton Public Cemetery (Auckland, NZ: NZ Society of Genealogists, 1978), plot 5002. Hereinafter cited as Ashburton Public Cemetery.
  5. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, page 10.

Susan Donn1

F, #286169, b. 16 November 1870, d. 10 October 1945
Last Edited=13 Mar 2010
     Susan Donn was born on 16 November 1870 at Timaru, New ZealandG.1 She was the daughter of Robert Donn. She married William Murdoch Bruce, son of Murdoch Bruce and Catherine Polson, on 22 June 1897.2 She died on 10 October 1945 at age 74.1,3 She was buried at Ashburton Public Cemetery, Ashburton, New ZealandG, plot 5002.3
     From 22 June 1897, her married name became Bruce.

Children of Susan Donn and William Murdoch Bruce

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 14. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.
  3. [S2863] NZ Society of Genealogists, Ashburton Public Cemetery (Auckland, NZ: NZ Society of Genealogists, 1978), plot 5002. Hereinafter cited as Ashburton Public Cemetery.

Kathleen Jessie Bruce1

F, #286170, b. 8 September 1898
Last Edited=6 Jul 2008
     Kathleen Jessie Bruce was born on 8 September 1898.2 She is the daughter of William Murdoch Bruce and Susan Donn. She married Archibald Cody Shaw.3
     Her married name became Shaw.3

Children of Kathleen Jessie Bruce and Archibald Cody Shaw

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 14. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.
  3. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, appendix.