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Leslie Robert Cathcart Macfarlane, M.C., of The Lakes Station, NZ

Male 1891 - 1975  (83 years)


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  • Name Leslie Robert Cathcart Macfarlane  [1, 2
    Suffix M.C., of The Lakes Station, NZ 
    Born 4 Nov 1891  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1975  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I604485  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 May 2016 

    Father Walter Macfarlane, of Kaiwarra,   b. 27 May 1856, Lowburn Station, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1914, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Minnie Margaret Wilson,   b. 1865, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1935, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1889  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • #1889/3348
      Bride-Minnie Margaret Wilson
      Groom-Walter Macfarlane
      [NZ Govt. BDM website database]
    Family ID F599333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Whilimena McDonald [MacDonald],   b. 1885, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1919  [2
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F599334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Helen Rich,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F599335  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1 - Full Name Leslie Robert Cathcart Macfarlane
      War World War I, 1914-1918
      Serial No. 7/1166
      First Known Rank Lieutenant
      Next of Kin Mrs W. Macfarlane (mother),Kaiwarra, Culverden, New Zealand
      Marital Status Single
      Enlistment Address Kaiwarra, Culverden, New Zealand
      Military District Canterbury
      Body on Embarkation 5th Reinforcements
      Embarkation Unit Canterbury Mounted Rifles
      Embarkation Date 13 June 1915
      Place of Embarkation Wellington, New Zealand
      Transport HMNZT 24 HMNZT 25 HMNZT 26
      Vessel Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
      Destination Suez, Egypt
      Page on Nominal Roll 446
      [ http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/cenotaph/RecordDetail.aspx?OriginalID=49225&SearchID=1752814&Ordinal=4 ]

      2 - The History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 -Awards of Decorations and Medals
      7/1166 MacFarlane, Capt. L. R. C., M.C. (Military Cross)
      [ The History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-1919 Author: Colonel C. G. Powles ]


      2 - The Lakes (Runs 202, 207 and 212)
      Roughly speaking, the Lakes took in the whole country in the forks of the Hurunui and ran back to the main range on each side of the Taramakau Saddle.
      The Lakes was originally two separate stations. Runs 202 and 207, of twenty-five thousand acres altogether, were taken up in July and August, 1857, by Henry Taylor. He was afterwards drowned in a river on the West Coast and his body brought to Christchurch to be buried. He either sold or went out in 1867, for in 1868 and 1869 the leases were held in the names of the financial firms, the Trust and Agency Company of Australasia, and Matheson and Jardine.
      Mathias Brothers (sons of the Archdeacon) bought the station about 1876 and sold it again in 1880 with 8000 sheep to William Parkerson, the man who bought Mesopotamia from Butler, for about half what they gave for it.
      Run 212, of twelve thousand acres, was taken up in September, 1857. The earliest occupier I can trace is J. B. Wemyss. He was probably the first, as in 1853 he took up Rokeby near Rakaia and let it to his manager shortly before Run 212 was taken up. He lived in Nelson, and represented the Nelson Suburbs in Parliament.
      Wemyss and Taylor married sisters, but neither of them had families. Wemyss afterwards came into an estate called Wemyss Castle, in Scotland.
      He transferred the run to M. E. O'Connell and John Russell on 2nd September, 1875.
      They transferred to George McMillan (afterwards of Mesopotamia) on 30th June, 1879. McMillan thought the station (6000 sheep) too small to give scope for his talents, so he sold it to Parkerson in May, 1885, and the two stations became one. In 1886 the Lakes was transferred to Maitland Gardner and Francis Henry Pickering, and by 1890 the Bank of New South Wales had entered into possession of it.
      W. J. Moffatt bought it from the Bank some time about 1896 and sold it in 1899 to 'Rutherford Nephews,' Cuthbert, Leslie, and Sealy, three sons of Robert Rutherford-Mt. Nessing-who did very well with it.
      Cuthbert Rutherford (now of Craiglockart near Blenheim) bought his brothers' shares from them in 1903.
      In 1918 the Government resumed half the run, and Cuthbert Rutherford sold the rest of the station to Matson and Cunningham in 1920. They sold to the present owner, Leslie Macfarlane, of Kaiwara, in 1924.
      In the old days the boundary between the two stations, Wemyss's and Taylor's, ran straight across from the north to the south branch of the Hurunui. When the Government resumed the country in 1918 they divided the run the opposite way, i.e., from the junction of the two branches of the Hurunui back to the Taramakau Saddle. It is not my business to comment on present stations, but on the map it looks as if they had cut it up so as to leave most of the sunny country on one run.
      [ The Early Canterbury Runs: Containing the First, Second and Third (new) Series Author: L. G. D. Acland Publication: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited , 1946 ]

      2 - #1975/32819 MacFarlane, Leslie Robert Cathcart DOB-4 November 1891
      [NZ Govt. BDM website database-death entry]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3538] NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages Index, NZ Govt.-Internal Affairs Dept., (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz).

    2. [S3539] Macfarlanes of Letter, Katharine Agnes Macfarlane, (Made & printed at the Whitefiars Press, London & Tonbridge 1932), p31 chart 1 (Reliability: 3).