New Zealand Project - Member Interests

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This page is for members of the New Zealand Project to keep track of their research interests.

See the badge report for the full list of current participants. If you are not currently a member of the New Zealand Project and would like to become one, please see our project page !!

Members, beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration among the project participants.


Project Leader

Project Coordinators

  • Robynne Lozier
    • Born and raised in New Zealand. Now living in Canada. Captain of the Kiwi Crew Team for Sprints, Source-a-thons and other challenges. Names from my NZ ancestry include Burrow, Fairbairn, Thompson, and Stephens. These all originate in England and Scotland.
  • Richard Shelley
    • Born in Palmerston North, raised in Upper Hutt, living in Lower Hutt. Descendant of the Valpy pioneers of Otago and the Benges of Upper Hutt
    • Heading up the New Zealand Politicians sub-project
    • Categorization (and connection) of New Zealand Notables

Project Members

I am a 3rd generation New Zealander on my paternal and maternal side. I am a direct descendant of Thomas Erskine 1st Baron Restmorel and Sarah Buck. Their son Erskine Thomas Erskine arrived aboard the John Bunyan in 1870. Other direct descendants include John Lamond of Perthshire, Scotland and his wife Mary McGregor of Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland who arrived aboard the Robert Henderson and settled in Warepa, Clutha, Otago. Adam and Robert Sutherland of Berriedale Caithness, Scotland arrived aboard the Rajah in 1853. They settled in the same area as the Lamond family. Adam married Elspeth Lamond, daughter of John & Mary McGregor. Mary Sophia Lankey (formerly Neilson), born Maren Sophie Nielsen, emigrated from Tokkerup, Faxe, Praesto, Denmark to aboard the Lock Awe in 1874. Her brother John Nielson, born Jens Nielsen emigrated aboard the Halicone in 1872. Their ancestry is my proudest genealogical accomplishment...for now! John Squire from Surrey, England arrived aboard the Cormwell in 1851. He was the first state appointed headmaster of Wakefield School, Tasman and I feel very proud to work as a teacher in the same school as my 2nd great grandfather.

  • Nicole Fairey -
  • Ian Fleming -
  • Claire Foley -
  • Craig Foss -
  • Kylie Fowler -
  • Alistair Fraser -
  • Tracy Hope -
    • My maternal ancestors are 50% Scottish, having emigrated in the mid- to late-19th century to Southland, and about 50% Cornish. Names of interest are Frisken, Ferguson, Quick and Hollow. I'm also interested in learning about the Hope family from Nelson/Marlborough, descended from Jane Hamilton Hope of Killybegs, County Donegal, emigrated to Nelson in 1851.
  • Carol Gilbert -
  • Fiona Gilliver -
    • I'm a 5th generation New Zealander on my mother's line. My ancestors arrived on 'Lord Auckland' and 'Olympus' in 1842. My interests are currently early Motueka and Nelson but also link to Taranaki and Wellington/Hutt Valley.
  • Bill Jennings -
  • Murray Johnston -
  • Jennifer Jones -
    • My interest in the NZ project is in the Barrells of Christchurch New Zealand. My Great Grand Aunt Ophelia Viola (nee SULLY) and her husband George BARRELL left England (shortly after their marriage) aboard the Geraldine Paget on 22 Sept 1874 arriving Lyttleton 27 Dec 1874. Their son George met and fell in love with his first cousin Lilian Nesta Westacott when he went to London to meet the families. Lilian was the sister of my grandfather Hedley Stuart Westacott. She left London 21 Aug 1907 and arrived at Wellington aboard the Arawa. George and Lilian were married very shortly after arrival
  • working on New Zealand Mining and New Zealand Mining Disasters - this is part of Worldwide Mining Disasters project for which I am Project Coordinator. I am excited that the New Zealand part of my project has been made a sub-project of the New Zealand Project and I am creating a resource and tribute to New Zealand miners, mining rescuers, their families and others who supported or investigated the mining disasters that have affected New Zealand history, highlighting the top 7 mining tragedies and listing an additional 1000+ miners who were killed or injured in mine accidents.
  • This effort is done with a focus on genealogy and providing names, resources and suggestions for researching those involved. If your family were miners, I hope this information helps you. The mining disasters project is worldwide, so other areas under development include UK and so far I have in my research lists of Scottish miners that emigrated to New Zealand to work in the mines which I will include when available.
  • Natasha Morgan -
  • Nola Moses
  • Sandie Mustchin
    • Born and raised in Waipawa, Hawke's Bay I moved extensively throughout NZ before landing in Brisbane, Australia in the late 90's. My family name interests include Mustchin and Clark from Ingelwood, Taranaki.
  • Graeme Olney (Updated: Olney-518 03:56, 27 November 2018 (UTC) )
    • 5th Gen Kiwi - working on geocoding Profiles of my own NZ family but in particular, the Corneys and related families in and around Taranaki and beyond.
    • Also current spending time after every 'Tuesday' working with http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Database_Errors, to find errors related to New Zealand Profiles and helping 'Profile Managers' with adjustments.
    • and when I've got some free time: adding Immigrant Ships to New Zealand and categorising profiles of their passengers
    • and if I still have any time left: adding to the New Zealand Disasters and categorising profiles associated with them
  • Kevin Sands -
    • Late Settler (1962); Interests: Early Settlers (1800-1900); Immigration (ships); NZ Wars (Land Wars); W.W.I Soldiers.
  • Susan Scarcella -
    • am Australian but my dad was Kiwi. My paternal grandmother's family had several Fencibles, including James Anson, Michael Murphy and William Littledale; also descent from one of families in the Baron de Thierry attempt to take NZ for France (1837)- Thomas Davis, who was a Waterloo veteran; descent from two British East India company soldiers through Agnes Sheehan who came to NZ with her mother and stepfather in the 1860s; descent from William John Cave RN who arrived in NZ in 1873 with his family on the Hindoestan; descent from the Cox family who arrived in NZ in1913.
  • Teresa Schischka -
  • Georgia Scott -
  • Nicola Sherrock -
  • James Smith
    • Interested particularly in the Smith families in Auckland, Taranaki/Whanganui and Timaru but also in Jacksons of Taranaki, Attwoods and building as much of tree as possible.
  • John Soppet -
  • Anita Squires_Mclean-1 -
  • Lin Starke
  • Jackie Stoddard
  • Ian Stewart
    • Live in Dunedin where my grandparents Stewart, Coombs,Edmonds and Hislop where born. I know of many links they have to Dunedin and I am researching where they came from and why. If you have roots in Dunedin but don't know much about this fine city then maybe I could help.
  • Julie St George
  • Robyn Storey
  • Tony Tarrant -
  • Claire Taylor
  • Paul Temple
  • Brigitte Theuma -
  • Jeff Thomas
  • Geoff Thomson -
  • Robert Thomson
  • Lianne Trevarthen
    • Born in Auckland, my father was Australian and my mother is also an Australian citizen (but born in NZ). Plenty of New Zealand connections. On my mother's side primarily in the Auckland region and Matamata-Piako area. As part of her family tree side, I am on the Mellsop Reunion committee, which has had regular reunions since the 1950s and our own website. Most of our family history on that side is from Ireland and England. On my father's side, things are more difficult to trace for me. They settled in Southland and Otago, but my father's paternal side goes back to Prussia ( an area now known as Lithuania) and it has not been possible to trace anything back there as yet. My husband's family settled in New Zealand in 1840 from Cornwall. As part of tracing all these family trees I have taken thousands of headstone photos, and contribute to Find-a-Grave, not only with my own family but others. I have started on several cemetery projects which I am now in the process of adding to WikiTree. I am hoping to contribute to WikiTree the combined Mellsop family tree (currently about 7000 in the tree - all spread out over New Zealand and the world) as well as my more personal family tree connections.
  • Dayle Turner -
  • Suszie Tyree -
  • Amy Utting - I am a sixth generation Kiwi, descended from English and Irish immigrants. Interested in the general scope of my family tree!

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On 9 Dec 2017 at 22:43 GMT Michelle Erskine wrote:

I have just become an NZ Project member. How do I add my interest under my name please?

On 2 Dec 2017 at 09:51 GMT Brigitte Theuma wrote:

Please add me to your project, I am managing profiles for my New Zealand family, and would like to keep them in line with your project and expectations.

Kind regards Brigitte

On 7 Nov 2017 at 17:44 GMT Steph (Obrien) Meredith wrote:

Please can i become a member of the New Zealand Project. My 12th cousin was born in Masterton and also got relatives in Taranaki, New Plymouth and there maybe other places as well