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The Livingston's of Te Arai, NZ
Updated April 27, 2004
|"WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF THE LIVINGSTON'S OF TE ARAI"
Following an overseas trip, which included a visit to Darngarroch and Gatehouse-of-Fleet, the "home" of the Livingston's, my interest in the history of our family was stimulated. At the same time there was a realisation that the older generation, who possesed a significant knowledge of our forbears, were not going to be with us forever.
My uncle Peter Livingston was the catalyst for me to gather this information of the Livingston family. His strong interest, comprehensive knowledge and store of family records and photos generated both enthusiasm and enquiry leading to a desire to record it for for the benefit of others.
I am grateful to everyone who so willingly provided family information and photos. Genealogy is a limitless subject so I've put a time limit on this work. I have made every endeavour to cover all family members but if there is perceived lack of information or photos of some of the family it's certainly not intentional.
Every attempt has been made to ensure the information is totally accurate. This has been made difficult because there is not a lot of recorded information on Peter and Margaret, unlike that for other members of Peter's Family.
Information on Peter's brother and sisters - Janet Sproat, Isabella Home, James Livingston, and Margaret Reeves - plus Margaret's brother James McMichael, has been included so as to provide most interesting information on the other branches of the Livingston tree.
A special thanks to my family - Janet, Anna Megan and Andrew - for their patience and for doing all the computer work with typing and layout of the book.
I am sure this family history will be of interest and, I hope, most especially to the younger generation who will find it informative as to the lives and achievements of their forbears and how they are related to one another, especially as the size of the extended family rapidly increases.
While this work has taken some time to complete it is perhaps appropriate that it is published in 1998 - 120 years since Peter and Margaret Livingston purchased "Ranganui" at Te Arai. The property has been in Livingston hands ever since with the fifth generation now there.
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- Isabella and John Home (136 KB)
- "Darngarroch" (120 KB)
- "Dromore", home of the Mc Michael family (113 KB)
- Glenalmond Street, New Plymouth (335 KB)
House built and lived in by Geordie Home and later by daughter Jessie
- "Darngarroch" in 1992 (440 KB)
Still standing, surrounded by forestry
- Reay Bridge School (312 KB)
1923 - 1936
- Margaret McMichael when still in Scotland (137 KB)
01/12/1840 - 01/05/1926
- James Livingston (230 KB)
07/02/1840 - 1915
Before he left for New Zealand
- Passengers on the "Nelson" (221 KB)
The ship arrived in Dunedin on 10 November, 1863.
Family members are:
Middle row: Peter Livingston (centre), John Home (right)
Front Row: Margaret Livingston (2nd from left), James McMichael (seated in front of Home)
- Margaret Livingston (nee McMichael) (118 KB)
01/12/1840 - 01/05/1926
- James Livingston & family at "Ohawe", Hawera, 1912 (205 KB)
Back row: George Home (2.2.2), his daughter Jessie Home, James Baker, Easter Livingston (G3.4), Heathcoat Livingston (2.3.4), Connie McMichael (daughter of James McMichael), Jenny Baker (2.3.3), Jenny Livingston (G3.3).
Seated: James Livingston holding Isobel Baker, Lily Home (George's wife), unknown, Jessie Livingston (Fred's wife), Fred Livingston (2.3.1).
Front: Myra Livingston (2.3.5), Louisa Livingston (Fred's daughter), Roy Livingston (Heathcoat's son)
- Janet Livingston (nee Kelly) (169 KB)
1802 - 30/03/1895
- Margaret and family (41 KB)
From left: Jenny, Bell, "Granny", William, and Easter
- Margaret Livingston (185 KB)
10/12/1841 - 28/01/1923
- Telegraph sent by James Livingston (113 KB)
To his brother Peter informing him of their mother's death in 1895
- Constance and James McMichael (183 KB)
Married in 1880
- Andrew Reeves (144 KB)
09/04/1832 - 05/11/1903
Husband of Margaret Livingston
- John and Janet Sproat (331 KB)
At their property "Nethertown"
- "The Auld Place" (Ranganui) (552 KB)
Home built by Peter Livingston
- Peter Livingston in Scotland (171 KB)
19/11/1842 - 20/05/1915
- Janet and John Sproat's family (537 KB)
Standing: Margaret, Isabella, John, and Judith
Seated: Phoebe, George, and Mary
- Ranganui farm and the Te Arai River (234 KB)
Looking towards home and buildings with Ranganui farm to the right of the Te Arai River
- Notice of the "Livingston Goldmining Company" (777 KB)
"The Evening Star" - June 1875
- "Laggan" (405 KB)
Home of John Sproat and later his son Jim
- View from the cowshed towards home & buildings. (166 KB)
Hills of Belview in background
- Headstone of Peter, Margaret and Cyril Livingston (542 KB)
at the Makaraka Cemetery opposite the Gisborne Showgrounds.
- John Home (137 KB)
1832 - 20/11/1910
When still in Scotland
- Reay Station members (127 KB)
Mr McRae, Mr Earshman (part owner of Reay Station), and Lachie McIntosh (Reay manager)
- Peter Livingston (right) and Mr Sisterson (104 KB)
at the Reay sheep dip. This is a rare photo of Peter and his avoidance of being photographed is illustrated by what is written on the back of the photo- "This photo is not known to exist by Uncle"
- Original "Reay" Homestead (593 KB)
note that extentions now at right side of house were made by William Livingston after he purchased in 1927