Margaret (Dickson) Allison
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Margaret (Dickson) Allison

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Margaret L. Allison formerly Dickson aka Bailey
Born 1940s.
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New Zealand
Margaret (Dickson) Allison lived in Whanganui, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand.

Dr Margaret L Bailey (aka Mrs Margaret Allison) is a scientist, researcher, dancer and amateur genealogist who enjoys the challenges of using her research and other skills for various worthy causes.

Early Life

Margaret was the second child of Peter and Jean Dickson, but her older sister died as a baby, so she was the oldest of their children. She was born in Cairnbrae Maternity Home, 24 Somme Parade, Wanganui which previously had been her father's family home when he was young. It still exists as the Tamara Backpackers Riverside Lodge[1]. She was named after her grandmother and great grandmother. Two brothers and a sister were born after her.

As a baby she spent time in the Stewart Karitane Hospital, where Dr Helen Deem had worked.

She was educated at Gonville Primary School and Wanganui Girls' College. Her aunts had been pupils at this college soon after it started in 1891[2]. She then moved to Wellington to attend Victoria University of Wellington where she gained a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Mathematics ( graduated 1966) and a M.Sc. (1st Class in Chemistry) with a thesis, "Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of a Ferrous/Ascorbate Complex"[3] in 1967. During this time she was a DSIR bursar (the first woman so appointed), gaining work experience at the Chemistry Division and the Physics and Engineering Laboratory of the DSIR during holidays. For her last year she was a University Senior Scholar.

Work Life

On 10 December 1966 Margaret married John Bailey in Khandallah Presbyterian Church, Wellington. The next day they flew to England to attend the University of Oxford where they enrolled at the Mathematics Institute to study under Prof Charles A Coulson[4]. They joined Linacre College, a new post-graduate mixed college. They both gained their D. Phil. in 1969 which was awarded in absentia in 1970. Margaret's thesis was entitled, "Some Quantum Theory Studies on Systems of Biological Interest".

They moved to San Jose, California for post-doctoral studies where Margaret attended the University of California at Berkeley under Prof Tinoco Jr.[5]. From there they returned home in May 1970 when Margaret returned to Victoria University of Wellington for a two-year post-doctoral appointment.

Her first employment was at the Consumer's Institute as Project Officer. In 1978 she moved back to Chemistry Division, DSIR as Information Officer. From there, she was asked to join the audit team from the Commission for the Environment for the "Think Big" projects in 1980. After the change of Government in 1984, Margaret specialised in waste management. She joined the Ministry for the Environment's establishment unit in 1986, and became a Principal Policy Analyst for the Ministry. In 1991/1992 she was Task Group Leader of the Waste Minimisation Practices Task Group run by the Centre for Advanced Engineering as its Waste Management Project[6]. She retired in 1995.

She established her own research and advisory business soon after retirement and worked in that initially on waste minimisation issues. When her husband retired, she switched to doing his research on drinking drivers and fatal road accidents, work that she had helped him with since 1970. The results of that work are held by the National Library of New Zealand[7]. The business was wound up after her husband became too ill to work. He died on 4 August 2005 almost exactly a year after her mother. Disposing of other people's property became the major occupation.

In 2019 she married Rod Allison.


Margaret has been a dancer all her life, gaining her Elementary BBO in 1959. That year she started Scottish country dancing, a hobby that still continues. In 1985 Margaret started training to be a teacher and gained her Teacher's Certificate in 1989. She has taught a range of classes, at schools and at Club level. She has held official positions at Region and Club level. Most recently she was Region Tutor and Region Treasurer for the Southland Region of the New Zealand Branch of the RSCDS. In 2006 she went to sequence dance classes, and continues to dance at the Invercargill Club class and dances, usually as a "man" as she first was taught ballroom dancing at her Girls' College.

She is a keen gardener, having inherited green fingers from both her parents. Like her mother, she is interested in herbs and grows a number of those. She is a member of the Herb Federation of New Zealand.

She helped her mother with her genealogical research, often calling at overseas registry offices or libraries when she travelled overseas. In 2018 she was asked by her nephew for help with his work. That got her back into researching her family in more depth, including DNA tests at three major sites. As the oldest of her family on her father's line, her DNA is important for finding far-back connections.

Margaret (Dickson) Allison participated with Team The Kiwi Crew during the 2019 Source-a-Thon, adding 210 sources to profiles.

In 2019 she joined up to WikiTree and has written several hundred profiles for her own family, those of her two husbands, and for others. She has met several cousins during her research. She enjoys being able to find as many sources as she can and weaving them into a narrative. She has participated in some of the Thons including a Source-A-Thon and a Scan-A-Thon.

Scotland's Tartan Trail
Margaret (Dickson) Allison is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail III.

As most of her ancestors are of Scottish origin, she spent time doing assignments during 2020 to learn the skills necessary for the Tartan Trail. She is a member of the Scotland Project, sometimes sourcing random profiles which may be distant cousins.

Margaret was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the G2G Forum!

She featured in "Meet our Members" in 2020.

Profile Improvement Voyager
Margaret has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage

In 2021 she completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage to improve her skills in writing profiles and providing sources. She plans to use those skills to help those starting on the journey of adding their family to WikiTree.


All my profiles and other materials on WikiTree are to be passed to my nephew Tom Dickson if I am unable to manage them myself.


  1. Tamara Backpackers Riverside Lodge
  2. Wanganui Girls' College
  3. Te Waharoa Victoria University of Wellington
  4. Charles Coulson
  5. Ignacio Tinoco Jr.
  6. Centre for Advanced Engineering
  7. National Library of New Zealand
  • First-hand information. Entered by Margaret Bailey Allison (born Dickson) at registration and after.

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  • Margaret (Dickson) Allison: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test, haplogroup H1b1-T16362C, FTDNA kit #B472712
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I was doing a DataDoctor Challenge to fix reference tags, and found this profile: It has your name at the bottom as the author. This may very well be the best written profile I've ever seen. It is great! You did a wonderful job with it! Jana


It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

have just read your story of mary mclean born 1840 she was "married" to my great great granddad robert kemp hargreaves, do you know what happened to him? Alf

posted by Alfred Jones
Congratulations on being Member of the Week, Margaret. I love what you do on WikiTree especially your biographies, and also on other NZ genealogy groups to promote WikiTree. We’re only 14 degrees away from each other.


posted by Fiona McMichael
Hi, Margaret!

Thank you for your participation in October’s 2020 Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Welcome to the Connectors Project! Be sure to check out the Connectors project page to see some of what we do, our To-Do lists which have folks who need connected to our Global Tree, and please add the connectors tag to your G2G feed. We've also got a great sub-project, Connectors Chat, where we talk about what we're working on and where we'd like to help out. If you're new to making connections and want some simplified connections to work on, look at our Connecting Buddies page. Thanks for joining us!
posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Hello, Margaret!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree. You have every right to be pleased with your efforts!

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard

We'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz, Margaret!

Seems like you have jumped into a couple of projecst already! Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in the Project FAQ.

Sources are very important here on Wikitree, especially on Pre-1700 profiles. It is how we show where we got the info and helps others find it too. Find out more about sources here and more detailed info here.

If you have any questions, click reply below this message and I will get back to you.

Peggy ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Peggy Watkins
I am a member of the Scotland Project. I conferred with the leader of Clan MacKay and wrote my first and only profile for my very famous ancestor on her suggestion. I have asked her to check it. I have plenty of sources in my profile and all my profiles.
posted by Margaret (Dickson) Allison
edited by Margaret (Dickson) Allison
Hi there, Margaret!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 200!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Incredibly great work during the 2020 Scan-a-thon! Our Tree has been enhanced by your efforts to preserve photos and documents, Margaret.

The Appreciate Team THANKS YOU!

Pippin Sheppard Appreciation Team Member

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Margaret

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a few weeks now I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the How-to been helpful or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.

Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Karen ~ WikiTree Messenger

Hi, Margaret

We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the New Zealand Project.

Please click here to submit a short Member Interest Form to help us organize and coordinate collaboration.

Thank you!

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Hello, Margaret

As part of a revitalization effort for the New Zealand Project, we are checking-in with members to see if they are planning to remain active and make project-specific contributions in the upcoming months.

If you have other obligations at the moment and would like to be removed from the project at this time, you will always be welcome to rejoin if you find yourself with more time and interest later.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

Please respond by commenting on my profile or sending a private message. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Fiona ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Fiona McMichael
Thank you for sending a correct to FAG on Ann Read Welch. That was very sweet of you. You are very kind.


posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hi Margaret and thanks for your post on G2G.

I've added the project badge to your profile and your name to the members interest page. Good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
Hi Margaret and thanks for your post on G2G.

I've added the project badge to your profile and your name to the members interest page. Good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell
Welcome Margaret!

I am pleased to confirm you as a full member, and welcome you to the WikiTree family, your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How To Pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to answer any question you have, no matter how trivial you may think it is. There is no such thing as a silly question. Please add as much information as you can, it all helps to turn a “name” back into a person. I hope you enjoy the site

Happy tree climbing

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

David ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile.

posted by David Selman