James MacKenzie

(1 December 1849 - 4 January 1927)
     James MacKenzie was born on 1 December 1849 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal. James MacKenzie was christened on 30 December 1849 in Cromarty. John, Donald, William, Catherine, Thomas, Isabella and James were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1851 census in Calrossie Street, Cromarty. Catherine, Thomas, Isabella, James, Robert and George were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1861 census in 5 Barclay Lane, Cromarty.
     James MacKenzie and Catherine MacKenzie were sponsored on 20 March 1864 at Port Albert, Victoria, Australia, by William MacKenzie. William paid £3 for Catherine & £3 for James passage into the Immigration Deposit Account.
     James MacKenzie and Catherine MacKenzie arrived per "Great Victoria" in November 1864 at Victoria, Australia. Their brother William paid £6 into the Immigration deposit account at Port Albert in March 1864 for the passage of James & Catherine.
     James MacKenzie married Caroline Elizabeth Evans on 14 October 1872 in Fitzroy, Victoria. McKENZIE-EVANS. - On the 14th inst., at 92 Napier street, by the Rev. R. Hamilton, James M'Kenzie, of Port Albert, to Caroline Elizabeth, second daughter of the late James Evans, builder, Fitzroy.
     In 1875 he commenced business as a merchant in Port Albert in 1875, having previously served his apprenticeship with the well known firm Sargood, Son, and Co. in Melbourne and continued there until 1884. In the latter year he sold out and removed to Yarram, where he established his present prosperous business. The first portion of Mr McKenzie's commodious premises was erected in 1889, as was also the dwelling house adjoining, extensive additions having been made to this in 1891. This is the principal business of its kind in southern Gippsland. A large stock of general merchandise is carried, and the premises are lighted throughout by acetylene gas. The establishment finds constant employment for eight hands. Mr McKenzie goes in extensively for grazing, and fills the office of chairman of directors of the local butter factory. He was a member of the Shire Council for ten years, during which time he filled the presidential chair, and holds H.M. Commission of the Peace for the Eastern Bailiwick. Mr McKenzie is likewise a Freemason and a Past Master of the local lodge. He married in 1896, Mrs Gellion, daughter of the late Mr Henry Bodman, one of the earliest settlers in South Gippsland and has a family of four children.
     His first store formed the corner of the "Ship Inn". He later moved further along the street and then moved to Yarram in 1884. He was an entrepreneur and established the Gippsland & Northern Co-operative Company Ltd.
     In 1911 he sold his store to the Yarram Co-Operative for £3900 and held 16% of the original issued capital in the Co-Op.
     Yarram Standard 6 Feb 1918: Storm damage to property on the corner of Stanley St & Hampton St [Brighton], the 2 story brick residence of Mr Jas McKenzie formerly of Yarram ... (Also in South Gippsland Chronicle).
At his brother DT's death he was chairman of directors of Gippsland Northern Co-operative Coy Ltd and a JP.
     James MacKenzie lived at 'Llanos', 'Calrossie', near Yarram, Victoria.
     James & Carrie were both popular amateur singers, both at the Alberton and the Tarraville courthouses, James often sang with (at the time not-so-famous) Ada Crossley.
     James and Donald 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.
     James & George McKenzie moved to Yarram 1884, taking over Charels Devonshire's stoere and Post Office.
     James MacKenzie was granted land on 1 February 1884 James McKenzie, was licenced for 320 acres in the parish of Bulga on 1 Feb 1884. He was listed in a directory dated between 1888 and 1889 as James McKenzie, draper at Port Albert, Victoria.
     YARRAM CLUB - The former residence ofJames McKenzie, built in
1889 it was among the first houses in Yarram to have electrical lighting
and a telephone..
     The Gippsland Standard on 8 April 1893 reported that the business of J & G McKenzie was sold to become Fowler & McKenzie of Melbourne. In April 1896, Juniper, connected with the firm of O'Connell & Co., brought the storekeeping business of Fowler & McKenzie (formerly J & G McKenzie), Yarram.. He was widowed on 18 November 1895 on the death of his wife Caroline Elizabeth Evans.
     James MacKenzie married secondly Emily Alice Bodman in 1896 in Victoria. She was the widow of John Gellion and had four children.
     James died on 4 January 1927 in Brighton, Victoria, aged 77. He was buried on 6 January 1927 in the Presbyterian section, Alberton.
     James McKenzie, born in Cromarty, Scotland, in 1849, arrived in 1864 by the Great Victoria, opened business as a general merchant at Port Albert in 1875, removed to Yarram in 1884, and occupied the presidential chair of
the Alberton Shire in 1899

Children of James MacKenzie and Emily Alice Bodman

James Snadden

(circa 1836 - 23 March 1895)
     James Snadden was born circa 1836 in Alloa?, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
     In the Victorian Goverment gazette Jas Snadden, was granted a publican's general licence on 23 July 1860 for the Buck's Head Hotel, Fitzroy.
     He was an engineer of "S S You Yangs" trading to Port Albert.
     James Snadden married Catherine MacKenzie, daughter of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal, on 29 April 1867 in the Bucks Head Hotel, Napier Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. James Snadden, engineer aged 30, born Alva, Stirlingshire, son of Jean nee Michie and Joseph Snedden.
     James died on 23 March 1895 in Clifton Hill, Victoria.
     His will was proved on 28 August 1895 at Victoria.

Children of James Snadden and Catherine MacKenzie

Jane Michie Snadden

(1875 - 1958?)
     Jane Michie Snadden was commonly known as Jenny. She was born in 1875 in Collingwood, Victoria. She was the daughter of James Snadden and Catherine MacKenzie.
     Jane died in 1958? In Ferntree Gully, Victoria. She was unmarried.