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John Buchanan (1830 - 1913)

John Buchanan
Born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married 22 Jul 1856 in High Church, Glasgow, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married 1903 in New Zealandmap
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Died at age 83 in New Zealandmap
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John Buchanan was born in Hamilton, just south-east of Glasgow in Lanarkshire, Scotland on 9th February 1830. He had a brother Andrew, his parents were John Buchanan and Margaret Adamson.

He was Married in 1851, his unknown wife dying "in childbirth" soon after. [1]

John Buchanan and Margaret Russell Smellie were married 22nd July 1856 in Glasgow [2]

He and Margaret emigrated from Glasgow via London for N.Z. per ship GANANOQUE in 1861 with two children, Andrew and Jean [3] [4]

In 1862, John Buchanan and Andrew Stewart were in partnership, operating as merchants and importers. Their address for business was advertised as Queens Wharf. [5] [6] The partnership was dissolved in 1869 and the business carried on in new premises in lower Queen Street (two doors from Steam Mills) on his own account. [7]

He set up business as a merchant in Custom Street West in Auckland. In 1885, he built the Masonic Building on two allotments at 34 Customs Street East from which to operate as a wholesaler of tea, coffee, spices and groceries.

John Buchanan owned land along the Whau River shoreline, between the railway line and bridge (north of Olympic Park) and the Whau Bridge at Great North Road. Their home was named "Rosebank".

He was one of the early elders of the Avondale Presbyterian Church and an agent for the first landowner, John Shedden Adam. And a man of "practical commonsense" [8]

The Bell & Gemmell Tannery of Titirangi, Auckland [9] [10]

Bankruptcy [11]

The Buchanan family moved to Paeroa in 1891

took up land on the Waihi Road, Karangahake

1903 John Buchnan returned to Auckland

He married the widowed Charlotte Oliver in 1903

Free Lance 27 January 1906 Page 3 [12]
All Sorts Of People
Mr. John Buchanan, one of Auckland's pioneer provision merchants. "Johnny" is a small person, of good quality, and pious. He was always, and is now, the essence of energy. He buzzes around like a bluebottle, andi is over eighty years of age. A couple of years or so ago "Johnny" got married for the second time, and quite lately, feeling; fit for anything, he took up the work of commercial travelling for the firm, and is the oldest — but not the slowest — "commercial" on the road. He has various other sons, notably "Johnny Buke," of Auckland, who inherits his father's fluent tongue, airy manner, and deftness of action.
Auckland Star 25 March 1913 Page 12 [13]
BUCHANAN - At the residence of his nephew, Mr. George Farley, Leslie Avenue. Kingsland; John, the beloved husband of Charlotte Buchanan. In his 84th year. Private interment. No mourning.


  1. John and Margaret Buchanan 1861 - 1986 by Lola C. Tye
  2. image of marriage certificate included on page: 6 in John and Margaret Buchanan 1861 - 1986 by Lola C. Tye
  3. New Zealander, Volume XVII, Issue 1620, 26 October 1861, Page 2
  4. New Zealander, Volume XVII, Issue 1623, 6 November 1861, Page 4
  5. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XVIII, Issue 1478, 14 February 1862, Page 6
  6. Part of the Past NZ History : Queens Wharf
  7. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXV, Issue 3783, 2 September 1869, Page 7
  8. Auckland Star, Volume VI, Issue 1835, 4 January 1876, Page 2
  9. time spanner - bell-gemmell-and-riversdale-tannery [1]
  10. timespanner - bell-gemmell-tannery-update [2]
  11. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 8942, 28 July 1892, Page 3
  12. Free Lance, Volume VI, Issue 291, 27 January 1906, Page 3
  13. Auckland Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 71, 25 March 1913, Page 12

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John Buchanan was a nephew of George Buchanan 1831 Scotland - 1904 N.Z.

-- John and Margaret Buchanan 1861 - 1986 p: 8; by Lola C. Tye

posted by Valerie Willis
edited by Valerie Willis
A cousin of John Buchanan 1821 Scotland - 1898 N.Z.
posted by Valerie Willis
edited by Valerie Willis

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