Robert Ross MacKenzie

(16 January 1852 - before 30 November 1933)
     Robert Ross MacKenzie was commonly known as Bob. He was born on 16 January 1852 in Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal. Robert Ross MacKenzie was christened on 21 February 1852 in 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.
     Robert immigrated with the family to Victoria, Australia, in December 1870 per "Great Britain".
     From June 1871 to January 1872 William, John & Robert McKenzie were listed as building Gellion's house "Woodlands". See the account books at the Port Albert Maritime Museum. Robert was a miner in 1884, in Yarram.
     He went to the 25 Mile (WA) goldfields - a letter from him was mentioned in the Feb 1896 South Gippsland Chronicle; he was joined by his nephew D T McKenzie jnr at Coolgardie later in 1896. He later moved to Tasmania.
     He left for the WA goldfields according to a report in the Gippsland Standard 8 August 1900.
     Robert Ross MacKenzie served in the military in the Victorian Army in 1901 in South Africa. "One of the most jovial, active and comradelike members of a Victorian contingent for South Africa would be Bob McKenzie, of Calrossie, but he seems to prefer to fight for "Queen & Country" as one of the Bushmen's Corps. It need hardly be stated, therefore that when he left Yarram yesterday, and also at the Alberton Railway Station, Mr Robert McKenzie (brother of Messrs John, Donald, James & William McKenzie) was accorded many hearty handshake and whole clusters of good wished for glorious times and happy return - ie of course, if he passes muster, for it is so to offer himself that he has taken the present trip & hopes to be accepted.
Mr H. Andrews wired to the late secretary of the rifle club on Wednesday evening stated that Mr McClure had passed for the Bushman's Corps, but that his (Mr Andrews) application had been held over. He expressed regret at this, but added that he is determined to go to South Africa and was booking his passage for March."
Although 48, he was obviously accepted as the following appeared in the same newspaper on the 21st Aug 1901: "The arrival of Mr Robert McKenzie (Scottish Horse) from South Africa on Saturday last at Port Albert will be an interesting item for his many friends in the South."
The third (Bushmen's Contingent) departed Melbourne in SS Euryalus 10 March 1900. They had trained at Langwarrin. Their principal engagements were at Koster River, Eland's River, Rhenoster Kop, 2nd De Wet Hunt, Wolvekuilen, Pietersburg. See the 'Defending Victoria website" for more information on the Regiment..
     Robert Ross MacKenzie served in the military He was described as a farmer from Calrossie near Yarram when he enlisted. He embarked 15/2/1901 at Melbourne on Orient. On the 14th Feb he signed a declaration stating he was single and willing to enlist on arriving in South Africa. He enlisted 15/3/1901 in South Africa as No.31675 Trooper for the privately raised Marquis of Tullibardine’s 2nd Battalion, Scottish Horse. He served in the eastern Transvaal under Colonel George Elliott Benson and was discharged on 17 July 1901 as medically unfit. He was awarded the Queen South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901 in February 1901.
     Robert was registered as Robert Ross McKenzie, farmer at Won Wron, Victoria, on the between 1908 and 1912 electoral roll.
     Robert Ross McKenzie, aged 58, farmer, born Scotland was admitted to Kew Asylum 18 August 1910.
     Robert was registered as a farmer at Won Wron, Victoria, on the 1919 electoral roll.
     Robert died before 30 November 1933 in Kew, Victoria. He was buried on 30 November 1933 in the Church of England section, Alberton.

George MacKenzie

(31 October 1856 - 12 September 1882)
     George MacKenzie was born on 31 October 1856 at 1 a.m in Barkly Lane, Cromarty, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Isabella Tindal. Catherine, Thomas, Isabella, James, Robert and George were listed as the children of William MacKenzie in the 1861 census in 5 Barclay Lane, Cromarty.
     George immigrated with the family to Victoria, Australia, in December 1870 per "Great Britain".
     He worked first at the Post & Telegraph Office, then joining J & G McKenzie.
     George MacKenzie was granted land from 1879 in Won Wron, Victoria. In 1879 he received a licence/lease for 295 acres at Won Wron. In 1885 the lease was transferred to James who finalized the purchase in 1899. In 1879 he was also licenced for 26 acres at Won Wron which was also transferred to James.
     George MacKenzie made a will dated 6 February 1882 in Port Albert, Victoria.
     George died on 12 September 1882 in Port Albert or Alberton, Victoria, aged 25. In Memorium: It is our painful duty to report the death of Mr George McKenzie, who after an illness extending over 2 years and a half, passed away on Tuesday morning last at the early age of 25 years, that fell disease consumption being the cause of death. Deceased was widely known and respected he being almost native to the Port, and about seven years ago, when he was engaged in the local post and telegraph office, he was to all appearances a strong and healthy young man, and likely to live to a good old age. But some time after leaving the civil service in order to join the local merchant firm of J & G McKenzie, he caught a severe cold which at length turned to consumption and baffled all attempts on the part of the faculty to arrest its progress. In this case nothing was left undone which money, or the thoughtful solicitude of relatives could procure, but although life was no doubt prolonged, there was no cure for the wasting disease, and after 2 years or more of suffering in a greater or less degree, the end came shortly after 2 a.m. on the 12th instant as already stated.
The funeral cortege will move from his late residence at Port Albert at one o'clock today, and arrive at the Alberton General Cemetery at 2 p.m. He was buried on 14 September 1882 in Alberton. He has an urn type monument surrounded by wrought iron - the inscription reads: Erected by James McKenzie in affectionate memory of his brother George who died 12th Sept 1882 aged 25 years.
     His will was proved on 19 October 1882 in Victoria. The will of George Mckenzie late of Port Albert , storekeeper: administration granted to James McKenzie. Poprerty sworn at £900 and that deceased died 12 Sep 1882.
No real estate. Pesonal estate: a piece of land held under licence from the Crown dated 1 Jun 1879 containing 290 acres… ; a pice of land under license from the Crown dated 1 Sep 1879 containing about 26 acres …. The land ajoins the 295 acres. Life assurance ..Colonial Mutual Assurance Society £250. Half share on the stock in trade… storekeepers.
     George was registered as George McKenzie, draper at Won Wron, Victoria, on the 1883 electoral roll. East Riding of the Shire of Alberton, house & land, 2 votes.

John Gellion

(1853 - 31 December 1891)
     John Gellion was born in 1853 in Port Albert, Victoria. He was the son of John & Isabella (Farquhar). His siblings were Mary, born 1841 at Redb... [she probably married David Turnbull in 1861], male, born 1854 at Port ..., Isabella Jane who died 1859 (born Port...), Agnes born 1862 in Gippsland, Kate Isabella born Port 1864 who died at Richmond in 1884 aged 19. The parents appear to be still having children in the 1880s but probably refers to the issue of the unnamed son born 1854.
     John Gellion married Emily Alice Bodman, daughter of Henry Bodman and Mary Ann Burnett, in 1885 in Victoria.
     John died on 31 December 1891 in Alberton West, Victoria. He was buried on 2 January 1892 in the Protestant section, Alberton.
     His will was proved on 13 April 1893 at Victoria. John Gellion, grazier of Alberton West. He appointed his brothers executors and mentions infant children.

Children of John Gellion and Emily Alice Bodman