a family story

John Roxborogh

Alexander (Sandy) McKenzie

Alexander 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?