McLay Family History; 20th century; 2010.672.1


McLay Family History

About this object

McLay family history;

Correspondence and family history information from the collection of Evelyn Maud McLay (nee Parks), author of ‘Footprints in the Sands of Time’, ‘Stepping Out’, ‘Scattered Feathers’, ‘More Scattered Feathers’.

Minutes of meetings held after family reunions, registrations for family reunions.

Handwritten supplement to 'Scattered Feathers' (4046 words).

Correspondence and family newsletters includes; letters to 'Dear Sister' from Margaret Blair, Inverkip, 1906 and 1909, letter to Maud McLay from Elsie Mill re Mill family history, includes marriage and birth certificates for Mill - Smith family, post card sent from Scotland, 1907, to Mr D McIntosh, Ahuriri Flat Road.

Exercise book 'snippets' - family history, Catlins history, family reunion recollections.

Information and correspondence re the Tuck family, Bert Tuck and James McLay Blair and Agnes.

Family trees - Cleland - Laing, Cleland - Walker, Cleland - Leishman, Robert Cleland Ferguson - McLean, Ferguson - Clelland, McOnie - McPherson, Forrester - Moir.

Description of the voyage from Glasgow to Dunedin on the ship Arima', includes copy of letter addressed to Captain A Brown, dated 19 March, 1863, expressing appreciation for the safe voyage to New Zealand.

Scripts of plays written by E M McLay.

Letter from Clayton Historical Society, California, to E M McLay thanking her for books ‘Scattered Feathers’ and ‘More Scattered Feathers’ and enclosing a photograph of their book display.

Newsclipping (copy) ‘A House Loses its Family’ – The McLay house in Ruger Road known as Arngibbon.

Information on Fintry and Clayton.

Map; Otago, ‘The Meeting of Peoples in Southern New Zealand’, seen in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi 1840, drawn by Simon Blake. Information on Maori settlements and populations, Maori pathways, whaling stations, origin of place names, Captain Cook, early large land purchases, 1700s-early 1800s [Special Otago Daily Times Feature, 1990].

Prospectus of the McLay Automatic Field Drain-Layer Company Limited, 1927.

Memorium cards for Ernest Andrew McIntosh, 1982, Howard John Forlong, 1982, Mary, wife of Daniel McIntosh, 1913, Margaret McLay, wife of James Blair, 1912.

Books –
MacRoots, How to Trace your Scottish Ancestors.
The Life of Gordon Forlong, Doctor of Common Law.
Strathendrick in Old Photographs.
The Parish of Chinley, Bugsworth and Brownside containing a map and historical guide.
More Scatterd Feathers, 1881-1990, by Maud McLay.

Magazine; Scottish Field, Killearn: Portrait of a Village, February 1972.

Map; The Camping Club Caravan and Site Map, Scotland and England.

Date Made

20th century

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, The Catlins

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper;
processed material, metal;
processed material, cardboard

Subject and Association Keywords

genealogy, personal and family names

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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