Early settlers in Ragland , Waikato .NZ
source: -waikato early history - This Journal is a story in brief, of three brothers who came to NZ from Scotland . Some one out there in the Waikato or some where else may be a relative. The early scotch emmigrants were exceptionally hard working people and usually got moving very quickly .
They were the "Stewart " brothers . John , Robert , Thomas . They were born in Rothesay on the Isle of Butt
off Scotland's West coast during the 1820's. Their father was a sea captain of a fishing vessel and at an early age his sons were put to hard work to assist the family make a living The brothers decided to emigrate to New Zealand while still in their twenties . They arrived in Ragland on the west coast of the waikato area , which of interest was then called " Whaingaroa " where a maori settlement had been established over -800 years - before. the first white people there were Wesleyan missionaries.
The " Stewart " brothers soon started making life's for themselves and took up many new challenges.
John - started surveying land thro out NZ on behalf of the New Zealand Government. various roads , bridges , railway lines were constructed under his supervision and when he retired in 1889 , he still took up many public duties in his home town of Wanganui. NZ, Robert became a magistrate and Thomas worked as a labourer around the Waikato and Auckland . John died in 1914 , out living his other two brothers who were both buried in 1902 Thomas the youngest was the first to die and is buried in Waikumete Cemetery in the Presbyterian section . In RAGLAND - Waikato - NZ a street still remains named after them to
commemorate them being one of the early settlers in that area of NZ
Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan