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It is said that cousins of my Australian Borthwick family (William Murray Borthwick) went to New Zealand some time during the 1800s. This has led me into a search for them and into collecting a good deal of information about Borthwicks in NZ. Very little of this relates to my own family, as far as I know, but it is posted here in the hope that it may help other Borthwick genealogists. Two people in particular have helped me enormously with NZ research. Thank you Allan and Maurice.
I will add more information to this page - school records, probate lists and further information about NZ Borthwick families. If you too are researching Borthwicks in New Zealand and would like to share any of your research, and/or information about your own Borthwick family, I would be happy to post it here for you.
First I will mention the two families that I think may be connected to my own. If any reader is descended from these families, or knows anything about them, I'd love to hear from you. email me any time!
There are two families that I think were cousins of my Australian Borthwicks:
Adam Borthwick & Isabella Kerr: Adam Borthwick was probably born at Moffat, Dumfrieshire just a few years after my own ancestor William Murray Borthwick. According to SA Biographies Adam Borthwick arrived in SA in 1839 on the "Duchess of Northumberland". Adam began a sheep farm near Gawler, but in 1842 went to Port Lincoln to take up "Mikkira" near Sleaford Bay. Adam & some of his family left Australia in 1861 for New Zealand where, in 1868 he died at Carterhope, Kaihikui. One of Adam's sons-in-law, William Telford, became a very successful grazier at Otago, NZ. The Telford Polytechnic is named after him and has preserved his family home. Are there any other descendants of Adam Borthwick and Isabella Kerr in New Zealand today?
Robert Borthwick & Martha Scott: I am almost convinced that this Robert Borthwick, who lived in Victoria Australia and New Zealand in the 1860s & 1870s, was the brother of Alexander Borthwick, paint manufacturer, of Victoria. I have been corresponding with one of Robert's descendants, who is not so convinced, and we would love to hear from other descendants of Robert Borthwick and Martha Scott. Perhaps by sharing information we'll find the answer. Surnames of descendants of Robert and Martha include BEAMISH, DEAGUE, FIFE, HUDSON, KINZEL, O'SHEA, REES, SMITH, WARING and WHEELER. Please email me if you think you may be connected to this Borthwick family.
James Borthwick, son of James Borthwick & Margaret TELFER, was baptised 25 December 1835 in Jedburgh, Roxburgh, Scotland. Died 1901 in San Remo, Victoria, Australia (aged 68). He married Mary RAVEN, who had been born about 1838, where? She died in 1882 also in Victoria (aged 44 years). They had the following children:
William Raven Borthwick was, according to the Victorian death index, born about 1864 in New Zealand. This is confirmed by the NZ birth index above. He died in 1939 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia (aged 74). Buried 21 October 1939 in Geelong Cemetery, Victoria, Australia. Occupation engineer. He married Margaret Agnes DICKSON. William's brother, John Raven Borthwick, was also born in NZ in 1869. Does anyone know anything about this family? If so I would be very glad to hear from you.
Colin Borthwick & Susan McLachlan: Married on 27 August 1851 at Hope St Church, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, both Colin & Susan Borthwick died in Auckland, New Zealand. Their first child, Charles McLachlan Colin Borthwick, was born at Abernyte, Perth, Scotland in 1854 & four other children at different places in Scotland between 1856 and 1864. The family left Scotland on 13 March 1865 on the ship "Resolute", landing in Auckland in June 1865. Colin Andrew Borthwick was born in Auckland in 1867. By 14 August 1889 Colin was in Australia as he married Aneva O'Connell at St James Church, Forest Lodge, NSW on that day. His oldest brother, CMC Borthwick (above) married in New Zealand in 1876, Mary Jane ??, but also came to Australia where he worked initially for Anthony Hordern's Ironmongery Dept. I believe that this family was descended from Thomas Borthwick & Margaret McNab/McNabb who married in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1820. If any reader has connections to, or knowledge of that couple and their descendants please email me.
Jack Borthwick & Rebecca Wilson. Descendant Roy Carson advises that Rebecca, born in England, was the daughter of William Wilson (1854-1930) who lived in Kaitangata, NZ. Jack Borthwick and Rebecca Wilson had children named Hilda, Lilian, Doris, Eva, Alice, James and Jack. (Some of these are possibly the children with those names born between 1886 and 1896, see the lists of NZ births, above.) Does anyone know of this family or their descendants?
Thomas Borthwick & Co. "Borthwick's Meats" is one of the most well-known Borthwick businesses in the Southern hemisphere. Originally family members were butchers at Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh but descendants developed a major meat processing, freezing and exporting business crossing a number of continents. Initially Thomas Borthwick, then a cattle buyer, was based in Liverpool, England. The exact details of establishment of the business in New Zealand are not clear. In 1883 Thomas Borthwick was selling agent for The New Zealand Loan & Mercantile Company. In 1902 Borthwicks bought freezing works from the Waitara Freezing & Cold Storage Company.Then in 1905 they bought freezing works at Portland in south-west Victoria, Australia. For a detailed history of the family's enterprises see the book by Godfrey Harrison, "Borthwicks. A Century in the Meat Trade" published in London in 1963. I have been able to trace the family's ancestry back to Thomas Borthwick and Margaret Colston or Turner who were married in Edinburgh on 14 December 1830 but would really like to track back further to see whether there are connections with any of the other New Zealand or Australian Borthwick families.
"Caroline Agnes", 1855: From Lyttelton Times Monday, August 20, 1855: Arrived August 17, ship Caroline Agnes, Captain Ferguson, 580 tons,
"Isabella Hercus", 1856: London to Lyttelton, New Zealand 1855 From the Lyttelton Times Saturday January 5, 1856. The 'Isabella Hercus', Captain Sewell, arrived in port early yesterday morning with 116 passengers for the province. These included:
See http://www2.symet.net/whitehouse/nzbound/isabella_hercus.htm for more information about the ship, its journey and its passengers.
"Agnes Muir", 1872: Norman McLeod and his wife Elizabeth Barbara Borthwick arrived in New Zealand on 24 December 1872 with their only child, Jessie. Follow this link for more information on the McLeod/Borthwick family. Descendant Maurice French would be pleased to hear from anyone with an interest in his family. His email address is on the McLeod/Borthwick page. I am also interested in this family as Barbara Borthwick's father, David Borthwick, was born at Moffat, where many of my own Borthwick family had strong connections.
"Wild Deer", 1873: 1016 tons, sailed from Greenock, Scotland, 6 December, 1873, and arrived in Port Chalmers, via the south, on 5 March,1874. Arrived 9 March 1874 Otago, New Zealand. Captain Cowan; Dr Sampson, surgeon-superintendent. Assisted Passengers included:
From http://members.nbci.com/denisepeter/ where lots of great information about NZ shipping can be found.
"Mairi Bhan", 1874: Ship: 1315 tons Captain J. Massen Surgeon Superintendent: Sailed London 5th May 1874 - arrived Otago 25th July 1974. Passengers included:
"Peter Denny" 1874: Passengers who disembarked for Invercargill on 26 Jul 1874 included:
At http://www.angelfire.com/ok2/cbluff/peterdenny1875.html a short story of the ship and her journey can be found. It quotes the Southland Times Friday November 26th 1875, p2, c1. The “Peter Denny” arrived at the Bluff this afternoon at 1.00pm. She has been 87 days on the passage. Eight deaths have occurred on board, 1 from enteritis, 6 from diarrhoea and one from consumption. All the remaining passengers are well and healthy and there is no disease at present on board. The health officer and the immigration officer have been on board and have returned again. The ship “Peter Denny” left Glasgow in tow of the steam tug Commodore at 10.00am on the 28th August 1875, for Bluff Harbour with emigrants and cargo etc. COLUMN 5:- The immigrants by the “Peter Denny” were landed on Saturday and arrived in town (Invercargill) by the 2 o’ clock train. They numbered 183 adults and no end of children. The young women appear to be few in number. The single men are for the most part, fine and able bodied fellows and regarded as a whole, the batch is of a stamp suggestive of good colonists in the future. The barracks will be open daily from 10.00am till 4 o’ clock for their engagement.
"St. Lawrence", 1874: Ship: 1094 tons Captain: Johnson RNR Surgeon Superintendent: Dr. Joseph T Pattisson Sailed Plymouth 22 May 1874 - arrived Lyttelton 30 August 1874. One passenger who disembarked in NZ but we think later moved to NSW, Australia was:
"Auckland" 1875: 1245 tons Captain: McDougall. Surgeon Superintendent: William M Stenhouse. Sailed Clyde 31 July 1875 - arrived Otago 27 October 1875. Passengers included:
Oswestry Grange 1908: From http://web.ukonline.co.uk/sheila.jones/Passa-c.txt (Columns are NAME AGE SHIP EMBARKED DESTINATION REMARKS REPRO ARRIVED NZ )
Lists the following Borthwicks:
NZ birth, death and marriage information is posted here with thanks to Maurice who extracted them, typed them up and posted them to me by email. These are the indices. For further information you need to obtain the actual certificate.
There were no Borthwick births registered in New Zealand from 1840 to 1863. A lot of the very early births were not registered, however, so it's possible some Borthwicks were born in NZ before 1863.
Births from 1863 to 1875
The numbers in New Zealand are used progressively therefore the lower they are the earlier the birth was registered that year.
The folio number for New Zealand births
allows you to request a photocopy of the entry rather than full certificate.
You must be sure to provide the Folio No and the request for a photocopy
There is an early "Borthwick in the Middle" marriage in NZ that I am particularly interested in. The index to New Zealand Marriages 1851-2 EX R.G.O. which can be found at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/7572/nzmarr4.txt includes
If you have information about this marriage or any descendants I would be very pleased to hear from you as I suspect there may be a connection with my Australian Borthwick family.
There are no Borthwicks in the Index to Lyttleton Times Marriages, 1851-1880.
Thank you Hugh Winters for the following entries from the The New Zealand Marriage Witness Index. If any reader is interested in any of these marriages please email me and I will assist with contact details, or will refer you on to Hugh.
1. Witness: G.A. PLUMMER Registry Office Groom: Alexander BORTHWICK Auckland Bride: Ann Fenwick HENDERSON Auckland 1922 Jan 12 Witness: L.E. HARLAND Registry Office Groom: Alexander BORTHWICK Auckland Bride: Ann Fenwick HENDERSON Auckland 1922 Jan 12 2. Witness: Henry BRUNDELL Private House Groom: John NELSON Dunedin Bride: Diana Mary BORTHWICK Otago 1867 Mar 02 Witness: William HOWELL Private House Groom: John NELSON Dunedin Bride: Diana Mary BORTHWICK Otago 1867 Mar 02 3. Witness: S.T. HENDERSON Congregational Groom: Lionel Robert PYNE Moray Pl Bride: Elizabeth BORTHWICK Wellington 1951 Mar 07 Witness: E.B. PYNE Congregational Groom: Lionel Robert PYNE Moray Pl Bride: Elizabeth BORTHWICK Wellington 1951 Mar 07
The database lists the names, address (if known) and entry dates for all Communicant members of the First Church of Otago from 1848 to 1870, a Presbyterian church. There is one Borthwick entry:
Otago Settlers pre 1861
Elizabeth Borthwick (Nourmanhall). 1858/2. Single. Edinburgh. Father Clothing Manufacturer. m. A Chalmers 24 August 1858. Sources: OW.
Adam Borthwick (Lord Worsley) 29 Feb 1860. Single. Shipe from NZ to Invercargill. 8 March 1860. Runholder, Pomahaka, Er61, EAR 63/64 4, 750 acres. Sources: OW, ER61, EAR 63/64.
Wellington Alphabetical Directory 1866 Wellington Province - Alphabetical Directory
Strath Taieri & Macraes
Early Hawkes Bay
(to be added)
New Zealanders who died at Gallipoli 1915 included Pte J W Borthwick and Pte A Borthwick.
Lawrence Cemetery Lawrence, Central Otago,
South Island, New Zealand
Canterbury Death Duty Registers Index, 1867-1914 lists David Borthwick, Tai Tapu, schoolmaster, 27/12/1878, C1/17.
There are no Borthwicks listed in the deceased person's estates, Canterbury 1887-1914.
Nor are there any in the Deceased Estates listed in the NZ Gazette 1866-1900.
Nor are there any in the Index to Obits and Death Notices in the NZMJ, 1886-Feb 1981.
On Delwyn's excellent pages for NZ research there is a death notice for "BORTHWICK. Southern Cross, 1873. On August 29th, at the residence of his father, John, infant son of Mr John Borthwick, Moanataiari Creek."
These details from the main cemeteries in Dunedin are posted here with special thanks, once again, to Maurice. They vary in content - from headstone information, burial information to plot purchases. The reference number relates to the entry on the fiche by the NZ Society of Genealogists.
Anderson's Bay Cemetery Dunedin
Northern Cemetery Dunedin
Southern Cemetery Dunedin
Beaumont [Dunkeld] Cemetery
#128 Plan- Block5 Plot 3 (?),
#323 - Plan Block 28 Plots 19,20,55,56
#211 - BORTHWICK Jane Elizabeth
Block 8 Plot 28n (No1308) Wife of Robert
#105 - BORTHWICK Robert
70 years, 4 Oct 1916 married of Warrington b.
Fairfax [Milton] Cemetery
#18 Dear sons James Stuart BORTHWICK
died 7th Aug. 1910 aged 3 mths. and
Taieri Beach Cemetery:
#65 - Plan Plot 71 BORTHWICK
Auckland Weekly News of 11th November
Commonwealth War Graves
The following Borthwicks are listed on the Debt of Honour register at the Commonwealth War Graves site. If you find someone of interest here please look them up again on the site itself as you may find additional information there.
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