John Roger Harrison Moir
John Rodger Harrison Moir, born ca.1857 1, 2 New Zealand; died 8 Apr 1936 3, 4 reg. Avondale, N.Z.; buried 9 Apr 1936, row C plot 12 in Te Arai Cemetery 2. He married 18945 in N.Z. Martha Ann Bryan born ca.1865; died 1st April 1959 3, 6 reg. Whangarie, N.Z. ; buried in Tara Cemetery.
From at least early 1900 until the '20s John Moir, who was known as Jack or Johnny, operated a twice daily punt service to transport local children from across the river to the school in Mangawhai 8.
School punt with John Moir and daughter Victoria on the oars
He first appeared in the electoral rolls at Mangawhai in 1893 in the Waitemata electorate with occupation listed as a "settler" and wife Martha was first listed there in the Marsden roll in 1902. He owned and leased Crown land at Moirs Point and was the 1st mate on a cutter operating between Mangawhai and Auckland with his brother Leslie who held the Captain's ticket 11. At the age of 12-14 years he would take a bullock team from his parents property near Te Arai up to Mangawhai to collect the groceries and other goods which in those days arrived at the river settlement by boat 9.
The original family home at Moir's Point
Children of John Roger Harrison Moir and Martha Ann Bryan were:
1. Margaret Ann Moir "Maggie" born 20 Mar 1896 10; buried Tara Cemetery. She married Leonard Charles Brown, buried Tara Cemetery.
In the early 1940s husband Leon freeholded land at Moirs Point which her father had leased from the Crown. He donated three acres for the Christian Youth Camp site at Moirs Point and the Church later acquired the balance of the approx. 30 acres now comprising the site from his daughter Dawn and her husband Bill Boustridge 9.2. Ada Martha Moir, born 8 Jan. 1898 7, 10. She married Ernest Edwin Brown, brother of her sister Margaret's husband. They farmed at Tara near Mangawhai.
Children of Ada Martha Moir and Ernest Edwin Brown were:3. Marjorie Victoria Moir"Vicky", born 17 May 190110; died 1943 10. She married Joseph Murray and they lived in Auckland 10.
Children of Marjorie Victoria Moir and Joseph Murray were:4. Florence Emily Moir born 22 Dec. 1903 10; died ca.1995 10. She married George Newton. They lived at Mangawhai and Rotorua. She was a foundation member of the Mangawhai Historical Museum.
Children of Florence Emily Moir and George Newton were:
5. Leona Brown d.
buried Hakara Cemetery 10
Children of Bryan Newton and Margaret ( ___ ) were:20. Diana Newton
21. Sonia Newton
Compiled by J. Raymond, Brisbane,