Alexander (Sandy) McKenzie
was probably Roderick's second son and the first child to be born to
Roderick and Margaret after their arrival in New Zealand. No
registration of the birth has come to light, but the Waipawa school
records give 10 November 1874 as his birth-date. As he was the
seventeenth pupil to be enrolled at Takapau School he must have
started there soon after it opened if not on the actual opening day.
With Rodney and the unidentified Charles he left Takapau to go to
Waipawa in 1884. When he finally left school three years later, his
destination was given as "Home". He was not quite 13 but like the
older children he probably went out to work.
At some stage he joined a shearing gang and travelled
throughout the South Island.
Several nieces and nephews remembered having a red haired Uncle Sandy. Sometimes he visited his sister, Annie Hanna, whose daughter Bertha recalls when he arrived straight from the shearing shed without having washed or changed his clothes. He was reprimanded in no uncertain terms. Otherwise we know little. Did he marry? Does he have descendants? Where is his resting place?