John MacKenzie

(15 June 1835 - 18 July 1915)
     John MacKenzie was born on 15 June 1835 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal.
     John MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in the household of Isabella Tindal in Berkley's Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. John, Donald, William, Catherine, Thomas, Isabella and James were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1851 census in Calrossie Street, Cromarty.
     John MacKenzie married Catherine Ferguson on 12 January 1858 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty.
     John MacKenzie and Catherine Ferguson 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. They was mentioned on 15 September 1864 in Port Albert, Victoria, Australia, in the Port Albert Licencing books re immigration deposits.
     John immigrated with the family to Victoria, Australia, in December 1870 per "Great Britain". John was a farmer in 'Bannans', Yarram, after 1870.
     John MacKenzie mentioned in June 1871.
     John and Donald were registered as voters at Won Wron, Victoria, on the 1883 electoral roll. East Riding of the Shire of Alberton: Donald Thompson McKenzie, house and land, 2 votes, George, Draper, ditto, 2 votes, John, farmer, ditto, 1 vote, William, farmer, ditto, 1 vote. Also Janet McKenzie, farmer, house & land, 2 votes. John MacKenzie and William MacKenzie were listed in a directory dated between 1888 and 1889 as William & John McKenzie, farmers at Yarram. However, note that William & John McKenzie were listed together as farmers in 1868, which predates his arrival.
     John and John were registered as John McKenzie, farmer, Won Wron & John McKenzie, dairy farmer at Macks Creek, Won Wron, on the 1912 electoral roll. John MacKenzie and William MacKenzie were listed in a directory dated 1915 as John & William McKenzie, farmers at Macks Creek, Won Wron .
     John died of senile decay and cardiac failure on 18 July 1915 in Yarram, Victoria, aged 80. In Memorium: The death took place on Sunday afternoon of a very old resident, Mr. John McKenzie Snr., at the advanced age of 80 years. The subject of our notice had been ailing for some little time past, having been cared for by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. William McKenzie, at their residence in Yarram. The cause of death was senile decay. The late Mr. McKenzie was a typical Scotchman, born in Cromarty, in the "land o' cakes", and with his wife and family, father and brothers, came to Australia in December 1870. But a few days were spent in Melbourne, when the subject of our notice, with his family and father, boarded the steamer 'Avon' for Port Albert. For a while he was employed at 'Calrossie', til he and his father (stonemason's by trade) entered into a contract with the late Mr John Gellion to build a stone house at 'Woodlands', which, today is an example of good workmanship. This work accomplished, the deceased started in carrying business in connection with the steamers, and in March 1875 carted the 'Standard' plant for Mr. John Rossiter to the office in Wharf St, Port Albert, where the first issue was printed.
     In later years deceased selected land on Macks Creek, and by dint of hard work on the property known as 'Bannans', was able to retire in comfortable circumstances. This estate was leased only a few years ago.
     The late Mr. McKenzie leaves 4 grown up sons and 2 daughters, having had 8 in family but 2 died in Scotland. His wife pre-deceased him 21 years ago. The funeral yesterday was attended by a number of old residents, the remains being interred in the Alberton Cemetery. The Presbyterian service was read by the Rev. F. Tomagno, and Mr. James S. Graham attended to the mortuary arrangements
. He was buried on 20 July 1915 in the Presbyterian section, Alberton. Bereavement Notice: Mr. & Mrs. William McKenzie, Yarram, express their heartfelt thanks to all kind friends for letter, telegrams and floral tributes in their recent sad bereavement, and desire to specially thank Dr Crooks and Nurse Lawler for their kindness and attention, also Mrs Bell.
     His will was proved on 8 September 1915 at Victoria. He left his son John only one shilling.
     He may have inherited property from the Fergusons. He was a freemason of the Lodge of Robinson in Cromarty, his apron was returned to Cromarty by a policeman. His property "Bannans" had to be sold in 1922 to distribute the estate.

Children of John MacKenzie and Catherine Ferguson

Donald Thomson MacKenzie

(26 August 1837 - 30 June 1923)
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie was also known as Donald Thompson MacKenzie in records. He was born on 26 August 1837 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal. Donald Thomson MacKenzie was christened on 3 September 1837 in Cromarty.
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in the household of Isabella Tindal in Berkley's Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. John, Donald, William, Catherine, Thomas, Isabella and James were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1851 census in Calrossie Street, Cromarty.
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie arrived per "Shakespeare (spelled Shakspeare on header of original list). It departed c. 21 Sep 1857. D T McKenzie aged 22, carpr [carpenter?], English, was on board." on 21 December 1857 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.      
Donald Thomson MacKenzie moved to Port Albert, Victoria, in 1859. In 1860 he went to Russell's Creek looking for gold.
     On 16 Dec 1858 the Gippsland Gazette mentioed Mr McKenzie was appointed bookkeeper of R Adams, "Ship Inn".
     In 1861 he was a subscriber to Port Albert church harmonium [fund].
     ? In June 1861 Mr & Mrs McKenzie, family & servant arrived Port Albert from Melbourne on the "Keera".
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie married Mary Ann Hodgson, daughter of George Hodgson and Mary Sadler Howells, 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 Oct 1861 Mr & Mrs McKenzie left Port Albert for Melbourne on the "Keera".
     The Gippsland guardian reported: Mr Robinson applied for a transfer of the Ship Inn license to Mr D McKenzie, as the deputed agent of the Official As- signee in the estate of the late licensed occupant. The Magistrate, after some little discussion, decided that as they had already granted the previous application of Mr W P Skillet, as the agent of the Official Assignee, they must decline acting further in the matter, but would allow Mr. McKenzie to act in the absence of Mr Skillett..
     Licensing Meeting of the Bench of Magistrates held at Palmerston on Monday last although there were three applications for transfers, not one could be entertained. Mr. McKenzie had not obtained from the Official Assignee, the original license to the Ship Inn, and his application was adjourned to enable him to do so.
     SHIP INN. DONALD McKENZIE BEGS to inform his friends and the public that he has taken that commodious Establishment known as the Ship Inn, at Port Albert.
Visitors from the country will find first class accommodation and reasonable charges.
PRIVATE ROOMS FOR FAMILIES.
BILLIARD and BAGATELLE ROOMS.
Stables are conducted by a competent Groom
.      
Donald Thomson MacKenzie moved to Woodend, Victoria, circa 1862. At Woodend he became associated with the firm of Wm McCulloch and Co., the well-known carrying agents.
     In June 1864 he was a licenced victualler of Port Albert; applied for publican's licence for house, rented from David Turnbull, containing 8 sitting rooms and 20 bedrooms excluding those used by family.
He advertised: DONALD McKENZIE Has much pleasure in informing his Friends and the Public that he has taken the above well-known and capacious premises, which he intends to conduct on the very best principles. Boarders and Travellers will find com- fort combined with economy, and the Table d'hote replete with thorough good English Fare. The "Wines and Spirits are of the very best brands that can be procured in the market, and civility and atten- tion will be accorded to all. Billiard and Bagatelle Rooms.. They was mentioned on 15 September 1864 in Port Albert, Victoria, Australia, in the Port Albert Licencing books re immigration deposits.
          He was one of the first to sign up under the Duffy Land Act acquiring a large area known as Browns Morass which he then proceeded to drain over 10 years and his farm "Calrossie" was one of the most productive in the area. He built a creamery on his farm and later supplied the butter factory in Yarram. He purchased the first reaper and binder in the district and also led the way in many other areas of farming. He served twice as shire president - in 1873 and 1894, his son Thomas also served a term in office. He was one of the first JPs appointed and was a member of the Agricultural Society, the Dairymans Union, the Presbyterian church and the Masonic Lodge. He erected a memorial at Alberton cemetery to his parents and his wife's along with his five deceased children. He was listed in a directory dated between 1866 and 1867 as D T McKenzie at 'Ship In', Tarraville Rd, Port Albert, Victoria.
     In January 1868, Donald & Willliam McKenzie, Won Wron made payments re 274 acres £13/15/- and Wm 67 - 0-20 £8/8/-. This needs checking again. He was listed in a directory dated 1868 as Donald McKenzie, Innkeeper at Port Albert, Victoria. He was listed in a directory dated 1876 at of Fernbank, Yarram, Victoria. He was listed in a directory dated 1877 at Port Albert, Victoria.
     In Donald Thomson MacKenzie's will dated 6 October 1877 in Won Wron, Victoria, Donald Thomson MacKenzie was named as executor of the estate. Donald was a beneficiary in William MacKenzie's will proved 1877 in Victoria.
     Donald and John were registered as voters at Won Wron, Victoria, on the 1883 electoral roll. East Riding of the Shire of Alberton: Donald Thompson McKenzie, house and land, 2 votes, George, Draper, ditto, 2 votes, John, farmer, ditto, 1 vote, William, farmer, ditto, 1 vote. Also Janet McKenzie, farmer, house & land, 2 votes.
     Donald and James were registered at Port Albert, Victoria, on the 1883 electoral roll. South Riding of the Shire of Alberton: Donald T, publican house, James, draper, George, draper, John, carter.
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie lived at Won Wron, 1887. He had an 8 roomed wooden house on 514 acres. The Gippsland times on 2 February 1887, mentioned him living at 'Fernbank' Won Wron. He was a Freemason in October 1888. and officer of the Alberton Lodge.
     On Sunday night the Calrossie flax mill, owned by Mr D T M'Kenzie, was destroyed by fire, with its contents. which included the season's produce of 50 acres of flax, and 20 acres hemp, and of S acres of flax and 1 of hemp belong ing to a neighbor. There was also destroyed a breaker and a scotcher, patents and of the latest design, each the only one of its kind in the colony. The fire originated amongst some tow stored at a distance from the engine, which had not been in use since Satur day afternoon. The place was ap parently safe an hour or two before the fir- broke out, and no cause can be assigr4ed for the outbreak, which it is feared most be due to an incendiary. The glare was seen 5 or 6 miles away. The machinery, which was worth £200, was covered by insurance, but every thing else was uninsured, and the loss is estimated at £500. Great things had been hoped from the introduction of the flax treating machinery, which it was thought might solve the labor problem of the flax industry. Calrossie was visited a few weeks ago by the Minister of Agriculture.
A DISASTROUS FIRE. THE CALROSSIE FLAX MILL BURNT. YARRAM, Monday. The flax mill at Calrossie, which was visited a few weeks ago by Mr. Taverner and a Parliamentary party, was burned to the ground on Sunday night. At about midnight an employee was awakened by the noise and glare of a fire, and found the place in flames. The fire of the engine which drives the machinery had not been alight since early on Saturday afternoon, and the mill was to all appearances safe at half-past 10 on Sunday evening. The machinery which was destroyed included a new breaker and scutcher imported by Messers. Miller and Son, of Melbourne. These machines were the only ones of their sort in the colony. They were insured, but there was no insurance on either the building or the flax stored therein. Mr. McKenzie's loss is estimated at £500. Incendiarism is suspected
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     The Governmet Gaxette reported on 19 Nov 1901, that Donald Thompson McKenzie Esq, JP, wa appointed as returning offficer for the electoral division of Alberton licencing district re the number of grocers licences to be increased..
     Donald was registered at Won Wron, on the 1903 electoral roll.
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie travelled to Scotland in March 1907. On their return they settled at "Calrossie" now 15 Mercer Rd, Malvern. Mr D T McKenzie,ed 65. Mrs McKenzie aged 60 & W H McKenzie aged 30, departed in March 1907 on the Persic.
          In the Chronicles of early Gippsland by R T Easterby, articles from Gippsland Mercury 1910-12 p.4, it stated that he went to Russell's Creek with Charley Gadd. Russells Creek co. Dalhousie, was a quartz digging lying near Malmsbury.
     In October 1911, the family gathered for their golden wedding celebration and a photograph was taken in the garden of 'Calrossie', 15 Mercer Rd, Malvern. However the Govt Gazxette on 31 Oct 1911 listed him as returning officer for Gippsland South and his address as Yarram..
     Donald and Mary 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. Donald Thomson MacKenzie was listed in a directory dated from 1913 to 1924 as Donald T McKenzie at Malvern, Victoria.
     Donald Thomson MacKenzie made a will dated 20 March 1920 in Malvern, Victoria. He was a gentleman of "Calrossie", Mercer Rd, Malvern, and he appointed his son Thomas George and his son in law Ben Percival Johnson his executors.
     Donald died of senile debility on 30 June 1923 in 'Calrossie', Mercer Rd, Malvern, Victoria, aged 85. The Yarram newspaper reported that Mr Donald T McKenzie, who was well known throughout Gippsland, died early yesterday morning, in his 86th year, at his residence in Malvern, after a short illness. Mr McKenzie landed at Melbourne in 1856 from Cromarty, Scotland. He became a prosperous hotel proprietor in Port Albert, and was included in the first ballot arranged under the now defunct Duffy Act for the selection of land. He selected a vast territory near Yarram, now known as Calrossie, and established a satisfactory drainage system, which reclaimed all the land there. He utilized the ample water supply for one of the first American turbine power engines brought to Australia. He did much for the establishment of the butter industry. In addition to holding many public offices, he was returning officer for the electorate of South Gippsland for many years, and was a justice of the peace. He had been a freemason for nearly 40 years, and was a past-master.
Another unidentified report stated: Died on 1st instant at age 86 years after a short illness of a few days duration at his residence in Mercer Road, Malvern. Born in 1837 he retained fine mental vigor in peaceful retirement. While yet in his teens (at age 19 years) he made the great adventure to Australia in the sailing vessel Shakespeare. His chief assets on landing were youth, good health and plenty of grit. His capital could be counted on two fingers.
He accepted a position in the management of the Albion Hotel in Bourke Street, Melbourne, then conducted by a syndicate, and in 1859 (3 years after arriving) he was sent to Port Albert to straighten up the affairs of the Ship Inn. The Port at that time was quite an important shipping centre.
Whilst in charge of the Hotel, he ran the mail coach between the Port and Sale.
In 1861 he met a helpmeet in Miss Hodgson, of the nearby district of Tarraville, and was married in 1861. Just what a helpmeet the late Mrs. McKenzie was is well known to hundreds of South Gippslanders. Bright, industrious and lovable, she became at once a good wife and mother, whilst the open house characteristics of Calrossie, as their future home was called, was known far and wide.
After a short term the family moved to Woodend where Mr McKenzie became associated with the firm of Wm. McCulloch & Co., the well-known carrying agents. But he returned to Port Albert, taking over the Ship Inn which he conducted with profit for some time.
Mr McKenzie was one of the first applicants for land under the Duffy Act, and to the accompaniment of many Jeremiahs from friends - he selected a large morass territory in the district which was known as Calrossie and subsequently became one of the most valuable properties in the district.
1887 - Power generation to the Creamery; Flax growing for a while; 1st reaper and binder into the district; Shire President 1873 and 1894; Member of Agricultural Society; Dairymans Union; Presbyterian Church; Masonic Lodge; One of the first J. P.s to be appointed.
Shortly after his return from a visit to his native land, some 15 years ago, (about 1907/8 - age 71 years), Mr. McKenzie returned to Victoria and settled in Mercer Road, Malvern where he remained until his demise.
His wife predeceased him some five years ago. The family consists of five sons and four daughters.
The interment took place at Alberton Cemetery on Monday July 2nd., the Rev F. A. Hagenauer officiating at the graveside.
The deceased was the brother of James McKenzie JP, Chairman of Directors of the Gippsland & Northern Co-op. Coy. Ltd., and who was for many years a leading businessman, as well as farmer, in the Yarram district.
THANKS : The family of the late Donald T. McKenzie return thanks for letters of condolence, telegrams, etc., in connection with their recent bereavement
. He was buried on 2 July 1923 in the Presbyterian section, Alberton.
     A Yarram newspaper in July 1923 reported: Two Fine Gippslanders - The Late Mr and Mrs D T McKenzie. Death has removed one of South Gippsland's earliest and staunchest pioneers in the person of Mr Donald T McKenzie who passed away at his late residence in Mercer-road, Malvern, on 1st inst., at the age of 86 years, after a short illness of a few days' duration. The late Mr McKenzie was a pioneer, not only in his settlement in the Port Albert district in 1859, but in many phases of social and productive progress, and the co-operative movement has lost one of its strongest advocates and supporters. Mr McKenzie's life story is the story of South Gippsland development, and though he spent the last few years of his life in peaceful retirement in one of Melbourne's most beautiful suburbs, he retained fine mental vigor, and was to the last keenly interested in all matters associated with the producing interests of the State. As the name implies, he was one of the great company of "fighting Macs," who have done so many of the big things in the outer parts of the British Empire, which have made her the world's greatest colonising force. Born in the "Land of brown heath and shaggy wood" in the year 1837, while yet in his teens (at the age of 19) he made the great adventure to Australia in the sailing vessel "Shakespeare", when journeys to the Antipodes were both tedious and fraught with danger. His chief assets on landing were youth, good health, and plenty of grit. His capital in pounds could be counted on two fingers. He accepted a position in the management of the Albion Hotel in Bourke-street, then conducted a syndicate, and in 1859 (three years after arrival) he was sent to Port Albert to straighten up the affairs of the Ship Inn. The port at that time was quite an important shipping centre, and was the point from which goods were transported long distances-even to Walhalla, after gold was discovered - throughout the then sparsely-settled parts of North Gippsland. Whilst in charge of the hotel, he ran the mail coach between the Port and Sale-and coaching was hazardous in those days. In 1861 he found a helpmeet in Miss Hodgson, of the nearby district of Tarraville, and was married in 1861. Just what a helpmeet the late Mrs. McKenzie was is well known to hundreds of South Gippslanders. Bright, industrious and lovable, she became at once a good wife and mother, whilst the "open house" characteristics of "Calrossie," as their future home called, was known far and wide. Whilst we give all credit to the prowess of its men pioneers, Gippsland's progress is just as much the result of the almost sublime faith and unselfish labors of the women, who lived, loved, labored, and literally gave their lives to carve homes for their husbands and families. After a short time the family moved to Woodend, where Mr. McKenzie became associated with the firm of Wm. McCulloch and Co., the well-known carrying agents. But the "call of the wild" came to him again, and he returned to Port Albert, taking over the Ship Inn, which he conducted with profit for some time. Mr McKenzie was one of the first applicants for land under the Duffy Act and-to the accompaniment of many Jeremiads from friends - he selected a large morass territory in the district, which was known as "Calrossie," and subsequently became one of the most valuable properties in the district. A turbine engine was installed, when draining had been in hand for some time, and this engine, though the first imported into Victoria, is still in active use on the property. In 1887 a separator was purchased at the International Exhibition, in Melbourne. It was intended to start a butter factory on the property, but Mr. McKenzie decided to join the movement for the establishment of a butter factory at Yarram. Various creameries were established throughout the district and the cream was despatched to Yarram factory, of which Mr. McKenzie was managing director for some time. He carried on flax growing for a while, and introduced the first reaper and binder into the district. Notwithstanding his many activities, Mr McKenzie found time to do the onerous work of a councillor for the Alberton Shire for a period of twenty-one years, filling the presidential chair in 1873 and 1894. He was a leading figure for many years on the Agricultural Society, Dairyman's Union, Presbyterian Church, and Masonic Lodge. He was also one of the first Justices of the Peace to be appointed, and-for some years was returning officer for the electorate of South Gippsland, when the late Speaker (Mr. F C Mason) was a leading figure in Victorian politics. Mr. McKenzie took a keen interest in the co-operative movement, and was a leading shareholder in many institutions of this nature. He was one of the early directors of the Gippsland Co-operative Bacon Curing Company, and was a real cooperator, in that he not only backed the company with his capital, but with the whole of his business. Shortly after his return from a visit to his native land, some 15 years ago, Mr. McKenzie returned to Victoria, and settled in Mercer-road, Malvern, where he remained till his demise. His wife predeceased him some five years ago. The family consists of five [four] sons and four [five] daughters. The interment took place at the Alberton Cemetery on Monday, July 2nd, the Rev. F. A. Hagenauer officiating at the graveside. The deceased was brother to Mr. James McKenzie, J.P., chairman of directors of the Gippsland Northern Co-operative Coy. Ltd., and who was for many years a leading business man, as well as farmer, in the Yarram district..
     His will was proved on 15 September 1923.

Children of Donald Thomson MacKenzie and Mary Ann Hodgson

William MacKenzie

(28 January 1840 - 13 March 1916)
Wiliam MacKenzie & Lily Weston and family
     William MacKenzie was born on 28 January 1840 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal. William MacKenzie was christened on 16 February 1840 in Cromarty.
     William MacKenzie appeared on the 1841 census in the household of Isabella Tindal in Berkley's Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. John, Donald, William, Catherine, Thomas, Isabella and James were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1851 census in Calrossie Street, Cromarty.
     William MacKenzie arrived per "Winifred" on 7 April 1863 at Victoria.
     William MacKenzie sponsored the immigration of James MacKenzie and Catherine MacKenzie. William paid £3 for Catherine & £3 for James passage into the Immigration Deposit Account.
     He was not listed in the 1861 census with his family. I have found no trace of him between arriving in Australia in 1863 and his marriage in Albury in 1875 when he was an engine fireman.
It has been claimed that he selected Heathville in 1865. He is listed on the parish maps as holding lot 59D of Won Wron, ref:2516/19.20. Note that there was a hamlet called Heathfield in Kilmuir Easter
.
     In January 1868, Donald & Willliam McKenzie, Won Wron made payments re 274 acres £13/15/- and Wm 67 - 0-20 £8/8/-. This needs checking again.
     William MacKenzie married Lily Weston, daughter of Edward Weston and Anne Riddell, on 14 July 1875 in St David's Manse, Presbyterian church, Albury, New South Wales. William MacKenzie, bachelor, engine fireman of Wodonga & Lilly Weston, spinster, living with friends, of Wodonga. Witnessed by Andrew & Ann Smith (her grandmother?). Lilly made her mark. He witnessed William MacKenzie's will dated 6 October 1877 in Won Wron, Victoria. William MacKenzie was registered in the 1883 electoral roll with John MacKenzie and Donald Thomson MacKenzie. East Riding of the Shire of Alberton: William, farmer, house & land, 1 vote. But which William is this?
     William MacKenzie lived, circa 1885. He was residing at 'Heathville' inthe 1880s. This was possibly named after Heathfield in Kilmuir Easter (ROC) which translates as: Heathfield-G. Cal-fhraochaidh; Kalroquhy 1479, Calrechy 1586, Calrichie 1616, from cala, a wet meadow (which exactly describes it), and fraoch, neather. Cf. Calatruim, hollow of the elder (Joyce); Freuchie now Castle-Grant as provided by Prof. W.J. Watson's - 'Place Names of Ross and Cromarty'. He and John MacKenzie were listed in a directory dated between 1888 and 1889 as William & John McKenzie, farmers at Yarram. However, note that William & John McKenzie were listed together as farmers in 1868, which predates his arrival.
     William was registered at Won Wron, on the 1903 electoral roll. He and John MacKenzie were listed in a directory dated 1915 as John & William McKenzie, farmers at Macks Creek, Won Wron.
     William MacKenzie made a will dated 16 July 1915 in 'Heathville', Macks Creek, Won Wron, Victoria. This is the last will and testament of me William McKenzie of 'Heathville', Mack's Creek in the state of Victoria farmer I appoint my sons Thomas Edward McKenzie and Henry Refshauge McKenzie (hereinafter called my trustees) to be executors and trustees of this my will I devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever situate unto my trustees upon and subject to the trusts hereinafter mentioned
To pay to each of my daughters on their respectively attaining the age of 21 years the sum of fifty pounds
As to all my household furniture and effects.... upon trusts to my dear wife Lily McKenzie absolutely
As to the dwelling house in which in now reside together with the garden and orchard belonging thereto and as to my buggy and harness and a suitable horse UPON TRUST to allow my said wife to occupy and use the same during her life.
As to all my personal estate not hereby otherwise disposed of UPON TRUST to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses (including probate duty) and debts.... UPON TRUST for my six sons Thomas Edward McKenzie, William McKenzie, Robert McKenzie, James Frederick McKenzie, George McKenzie, and Henry Refshauge McKenzie in equal shares
As to all my real estate (subject to the right of my wife ..
to provide for the board and lodging of my unmarried daughters and on the death of my said wife or marriage of any daughter then unmarried ...
Signed William McKenzie.
     William died of senile decay on 13 March 1916 in Macks Creek, Won Wron Victoria, aged 76. The Gippsland Standard reported: Sudden death: Mr. William McKenzie - The household of the late William McKenzie received a shock on Monday morning when the old gentleman was found dead in his bed. He was hale and hearty until after the death of his youngest, about 12 months ago, which very much changed him. He had always been of a quite gentlemanly demeanor. Peaceful in life, he passed peacefully beyond. Apparently in fair health on Sunday night, when his wife woke about 6 o'clock Monday morning, she found her husband dead.
The late Mr. William McKenzie was born in Scotland in 1840, and came to Victoria nearly 50 years ago. He selected in this district, and may justly be enrolled as one of its pioneers. His well cultivated farm at Macks Creek, Heathville, is evidence of his enterprise. He had twelve in family, six sons and six daughters. Three of his daughters have made homes in the district - Mrs Percy Moorfield, Mrs George Speed and Mrs. D T McKenzie. Three of his sons have enlisted, Robert, Henry and George, and being in camp, got leave to attend their fathers funeral. The subject of our notice had reached the advanced age of 76 years. The remains will be interred in the Yarram Cemetery today. The cortege will leave the homestead at 11 o'clock and reach the Cemetery about half past 12.
An inquiry was held on Monday morning, before Mr. James Farmer JP. Evidence was given that death took place apparently in his sleep. Dr. Crooks certified that the deceased was a frail old gentleman, and although he showed no active signs of degeneration of any particular organ, a quiet death from natural senile degenerative causes might easily occur in his case. A verdict was returned the death was the result of senile decay
. He was buried on 15 March 1916 in Yarram. Funeral notice: The friends of the late William McKenzie are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the Yarram Cemetery today (Wednesday) 15th inst. The funeral will move from his late residence, Macks Creek, at 11.00 am and will reach the Cemetery at about half past 12. Jas. S. Graham, Undertaker. An inventory of his estate was dated on 11 April 1916 His estate was valued at £5232/15/-.
     His will was proved on 20 April 1916 at Victoria. NOTICE is hereby given, that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria, in its Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the will of WILLIAM MCKENZIE, late of "Heathville," in the parish of Won Wron, in the State of Victoria, gentleman, deceased, may be granted to Thomas Edward McKenzie, of 'Heathville' , in the said parish, farmer, one of the executors named in and appointed by the said will, leave being reserved to Henry Refshauge McKenzie, at present a member of the Australian Imperial Forces, the other executor named therein, to come in and prove the said will at any time. Dated the twenty-first day of March, 1916. B. P. JOHNSON, Commercial road, Yarram Yarram, proctor for the applicant.

Children of William MacKenzie and Lily Weston