Rachel DUNBAR-DUNCAN 152
- Born: Bef 20 Sep 1811, Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland 152
- Marriage: Joseph Ford DUNCAN on 1 Aug 1835 in Parish Of Riscobie, Glamis, Angus-Shire, Scotland 152
- Died: 9 Feb 1907, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand 152
- Buried: 11 Feb 1907, Riwaka Cemetery, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand 152
As the Dunbars were titled peers in Scotland, Rachel retained her maidenname in real life, and was referred to as Rachel Dunbar-Duncan.
Her death certificate lists surviving issue as follows; Males aged 71(John), 69 (Jame), 63 (Joseph) , 57 (George). Females aged 67 (Ellen),59 (Isabella) and 55 (Margaret) (Names added by compiler)
Quote from the Jubilee History of Nelson, by Lowther Broad. 1892
Mrs Duncan, who came out in the 'Fifeshire', says: - "When we came first to Riwaka everything was in a state of nature. Landing at the old Pah we had to wade through the tide and over the mud-flats, carrying all our belongings on our backs; but all the party were in good health, and we made light of our difficulty. We commenced to break up some ground for gardens, also for planting potatoes and sowing wheat. It was hard slow work, as everything had to be done by hand, A small store was opened at Ferris's Creek by a Mrs Turner. One day my husband and myself went there to get some flour. We had to wade through the Riwaka River and cross the mud-flats. Carrying home with each of us a load on our backs, we stuck in the mud, and had a struggle to get out, but we saved the flour. The NewZealand Company promised the settlers here two years' work, but that promise was not kept. It was then we had hard times indeed - no work and no money. For some time we had nothing to eat but potatoes - morning,noon, and night - and we were very thankful to have them even. Our neighbours were all in the same straits, and often we thought we would have to give up in despair. Fortunately for us we had a heifer, which calved at this time, and we considered the milk with the potatoes a royal feast. Mr S. Stephens gave the settlers as much work as he possibly could, and though the wages were very low - 2/6 per day - we were very glad to get it. Times then began to mend. We all had a few head of cattle running on the waste land in the valley, and we found a market for our surplus produce, and now at the advanced age of eighty years, when I look over the beautiful district of Riwaka and think what it was when I came here, nearly forty-nine yeras ago, I am thankful to God for the wondrous way we were preserved and brought through all our trials and troubles; and now truly our lines have fallen to us in pleasant places."
Rachel married Joseph Ford DUNCAN, son of Hepburn DUNCAN and Elizabeth WEST, on 1 Aug 1835 in Parish Of Riscobie, Glamis, Angus-Shire, Scotland.152 (Joseph Ford DUNCAN was born in Jan 1810 in Dundee, Angus-Shire, Scotland 152, christened on 24 Jan 1810 in Dundee, Angus-Shire, Scotland, died on 20 Sep 1885 in Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand 152 and was buried on 22 Sep 1885 in Riwaka Cemetery, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand 152.)