Robert Weston

(circa 1857 - 31 July 1874)
     Robert Weston was born circa 1857 in 'Bringembrong Station', Upper Murray, New South Wales. According to his death certificate he was born at Bringembrong in the Upper Murray and spent 7 years in NSW and 10 years in Victoria. This information was probably supplied by his half sister who was the wife of Edward Smith the butcher who employed him. He was the son of Edward Weston and Anne Riddell. Robert was a butcher's assistant in 1874.
     Robert died by suicide on 31 July 1874 in Green Hills, Belvoir West, Yackandandah, Victoria. A coroner's inquest was held regarding his death on 1 August 1874 in Wodonga, Victoria. The coroner's inquest determined that the deceased came to his death by shooting himself whilst labouring under strong mental excitement through fear of being prosecuted for theft.
Edward Smith, butcher residing at Wodonga: I know the deceased Robert Weston who is a half brother of my wife, and was in my employ as an assistant at a wage of twelve shillings per week and his board. On yesterday, at about 1/2 past two o'clock I saw the deceased alive at the hut where he now lies, I went to the hut and asked where the knives were for killing, he said they were at the yard. I asked him to fetch them he went at once and I searched his clothes. I found a meerschaum pipe in his coat pocket. I came down to my Father and asked him if the pipe belonged to him and he said yes. I then with my Father went to the deceased, I found him in the hut. I asked him if he knew the pipe, he said yes. I asked him where he got the pipe, he said he won it in a raffle at Wodonga, my Father told deceased that the pipe belonged to him, I then told deceased that I would give him in charge if he did not confess where he got the pipe, he then said he took if from my Father's place. I did not attempt to chastise the deceased by striking him but only upbraided him by words, I then with my Father left deceased and came down to the shed to kill some sheep, whilst killing the sheep John McDonald told me the deceased was coming down with a gun. He then said he had the axe and that he was across the creek. I then heard a gun go off, this about a quarter of an hour after leaving Weston with my Father. I took no notice of the gun going off as deceased was in the habit of using the gun in my absence. I sold him and I told him to wait a few minutes until I had finished skinning the sheep, and I would then go up and catch them for him. I went in company with Eisler and McDonald to catch the pigs and in going towards the yard I saw the boy lying across the path. I said to McDonald My God he has shot himself. I went up to the body and went down to the house for my Father. I then also sent a messenger to report the matter to the Police at Wodonga. When I first saw deceased he was lying on his face and one hand across the breast. I also saw a gun and a stick across the gun lying two yards from the deceased. Deceased was very hot tempered and fiery, deceased was with me for 5 years and never threatened to destroy himself. Deceased was of a very sensitive nature and seemed to take upbraiding very much to heart. I never beat the deceased but once and that about two years ago. I owe the deceased nine weeks wages but he has had some small amounts of cash during this time which I am not able to state at present. At the time of deceased death he was not in the Company's employ but in my own employ. I accused deceased of having stolen the pipe and a pocket knife. To the best of my recollection the last words deceased said prior to leaving him were that he had taken the pipe and he then burst into crying. I cannot say whether deceased was under the impression when I left him that he would be given in charge. John Mconald and Mr Eisler were present when I discovered the body, from the time the that (sic) was fired until I found the body I was in the company of John McDonald. The boy has no parents but two sisters, and one brother besides my wife, he was about 17 years of age. Edward Smith. Taken and sworn before me on the 1 August 1874 at Greenhills, Belvoir West, B I Bartley, Deputy Coroner. He was buried on 2 August 1874 in Episcopalian section, Wodonga. Robert Weston, 17, suicide (shooting).

Mary Ann Hodgson

(27 August 1841 - 7 June 1918)
Mary Ann Hodgson (McKenzie) 1841-1918
     Mary Ann Hodgson was born on 27 August 1841 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. She was the daughter of George Hodgson and Mary Sadler Howells.
     ? In June 1861 Mr & Mrs McKenzie, family & servant arrived Port Albert from Melbourne on the "Keera".
     Mary Ann Hodgson married Donald Thomson MacKenzie, son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal, on 4 October 1861 in Christ Church, Tarraville, Victoria. The John o' Groat Journal, Thursday 23 January 1862 reported: Tarraville, Australia, the 4th October last, Donald Thomson Mackenzie, the second son of Mr William Mackenzie, builder, Cromarty, Scotland, Mary Ann, eldest daughter of Mr George Hodgson. Tarraville, Gipps Land. Also reported in the Inverness Courier Highland, 16/01/1862.
     In April 1864 Mrs D McKenzie, arrived Port Albert from Melbourne on the "Keera".
     Mary and Donald were registered at 15 Mercer Rd, Malvern, Victoria, on the 1912 electoral roll. Donald Thomson was of 'independent means' with his wife Mary Ann, home duties, and Mary Isabel Brown, home duties.
     Mary died of cardiac syncope on 7 June 1918 in Mercer Road, Malvern, aged 76. In Memorium: The sad news reached Yarram on Friday last that Mrs Mary Ann McKenzie, wife of Mr Donald Thomson McKenzie senr., had passed away. The news had the effect of casting a gloom over the whole district, as there is no family better known in this portion of the state. Mrs McKenzie died rather suddenly at her home in Melbourne on Friday morning at 1 o'clock, her illness being very brief, as a few days previous, she was apparently enjoying good health, and was in good spirits.
     The deceased was a native of Watford, England, and, born in 1840 had attained the age of 78 years. She arrived in this country with her parents at an early age. After residing in various places in the state, she came to Gippsland, where she met and married Mr D T McKenzie. That was in the early pioneering days, and when Port Albert and Tarraville were the busy centres of the district. With her husband, they eventually settled at Calrossie, and one of the marked features of their home was the kind and generous hospitality that was extended to the residents of the community, their home being a recognized house of call. They displayed to the wayfarer that kind of hospitality that gained for them a very wide circle of personal acquaintances, and the esteem in which they were held was made manifest by the benefits they at all times conveyed to those who needed their aid.
     Prior to the War, the late Mrs McKenzie and her husband celebrated their Golden Wedding. Deceased was the mother of T G, W H, D T, and Driver J. J. McKenzie (of the 3rd Pioneers), Mrs V Brown (Malvern), Mrs B P Johnson (Yarram), Mrs J Refshauge (Headmaster of Ballarat High School, and formerly of North Devon), Mrs G C Nicholson (Brighton) and Mrs R J V Foote. One of her grandsons is Capt. V C Brown, R.M.O in the 4th Battalion, and winner of the Military Cross. And in a recent issue we announced the death of another grandson, Pte. Cyril Johnson.

     The remains were brought to Alberton on Saturday afternoon, and on arrival of the train, a very large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place, the Alberton Cemetery, the Rev. S. Williams conducting the service. She was buried on 8 June 1918 in the Presbyterian section, Alberton.

Children of Mary Ann Hodgson and Donald Thomson MacKenzie

Catherine Ferguson

(12 January 1829 - 28 March 1886)
     Catherine Ferguson was born on 12 January 1829 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. She was christened on 14 December 1831 in Cromarty, ROC, SCT.
     Catherine Ferguson married John MacKenzie, son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal, on 12 January 1858 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty.
     Catherine Ferguson and John MacKenzie appeared on the 1861 census in 7 Barclay Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He lived next door to parents & uncle in 2 windowed rooms (flats): John McKenzie, head, married 25, mason; Catherine, wife, 24; Margaret, daughter, 2; Isabella, daughter,1; all born at Cromarty.
     Catherine immigrated with the family to Victoria, Australia, in December 1870 per "Great Britain".
     Catherine died on 28 March 1886 in Won Wron, Victoria, Australia, aged 57. We regret to record the death of Mrs. McKenzie, (wife of Mr. John McKenzie of Won Wron), who died at her residence on Monday evening last after a brief illness of 34 hours. The deceased was engaged in light household duties on Sunday morning when one of her sons saw her fall between the table and chair as if in the effort to sit down. She fell down without uttering a word, and remained unconscious up to the time of her death, which took place at 4.30pm on Monday. Dr Birch was sent for and he arrived about 5 o'clock on Sunday evening; but he at once pronounced the case hopeless.
     The friends of Mr. McKenzie will be deeply grieved to hear of his sudden and sad bereavement, for until the moment of attack his wife was in the enjoyment of good health and spirits. The funeral will take place in the Alberton Cemetery tomorrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock but the cortege will pass through Yarram shortly after 1 o'clock.
DEATH: McKENZIE - At her residence, Won Wron, on the 29th March, Catherine, wife of John McKenzie, aged 53 years.
. She was buried on 1 April 1886 in Alberton. Funeral notice: The friends of Mr. John McKenzie are hereby respectfully invited to follow the remains of his wife to the place of interment - Alberton General Cemetery - on Thursday 1st April 1886. The funeral will move from the residence at Won Wron about 11 o'clock and pass through Yarram at one o'clock. John Avery, Undertaker.

Children of Catherine Ferguson and John MacKenzie