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Looking for Alexander Caithness Murray-Macgregor of Wairoa

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There is going to be a Murray-Macgregor McAndrew Reunion in Wairoa Easter Weekend from Friday 6 April 2012 to Monday 9 April 2012.
Anyone with any photos or whakapapa would be appreciated.

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on 2012-01-29 13:20:15

Murray-Macgregor Reunion at Wairoa, New Zeland Easter Weekend from Friday 6 April 2012 to Monday 9 April 2012, ends 12.00 noon. Any one interested in attending please contact me and I will forward details.

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by delmarae1 on 2012-03-08 04:57:33

Good evening my name is Delma Murray-Macgregor my father was Robert and grandfather was Walter, I have extensive whakapapa for the Murray-Macgregor whanau. I am unable to attend the reunion due to injury but you can contact me if you want the newspaper articles and whakapapa that I have

by Macgregor on 2012-03-08 13:24:29

Hi Delma
You can email me at [email protected] with the information you have. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Raylene Murray-Macgregor

by delmarae1 on 2012-03-13 05:07:44

Hopefully you got the emails,

by Macgregor on 2012-03-13 15:24:26

Hi Delma

Thank you very much for the emails, they were very informative.
Do you know if Alexander Caithness Murray-Macgregor had two wives and two families, one family from England and one family from NZ. There is conversations about it, but nobody really knows.

by delmarae1 on 2012-03-13 19:06:21

I think the individual they are all talking about was Alexander Nugent Murray-Macgregor (father of Alexander Caithness Murray-Macgregor) he married Eleanor (nee Hooper) and died tragically in India (sunk ship) while in service. The legitimate children from this marriage were Evan Murray-Macgregor, and Charlotte (nee Cruickshank). Our tupuna was born on the other side of the sheets (illegitmate) and was shipped off to NZ to hide (the dirty secret when he was about 12 or 13yrs) his grandmother (Charlotte Sinclair) acknowledged and financially supported him. Apparently she had records that he was being abused by his Maori father in law, but I havent been able to find any information to substantiate that. Anyway the surviving widow Eleanor didnt want a constant reminder of what her husband had been up to. I do have printouts off the details, but I'm running on another computer which doesnt have word, I will send later.
Hope that helps

by Macgregor on 2012-03-24 17:51:01

Hi Delma
Do you know of Sir Hector Douglas McGregor born in Wairoa and where he appears on the whakapapa? There has been interest from the UK from Ewan McGregor, who contacted the Wairoa Museuem, who contacted Denys Caves who contacted me.

Hector McGregor
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Sir Hector McGregor
Born 15 February 1910
Died 11 April 1973
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 19281964
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 33 Squadron
No. 213 Squadron
RAF Ballyhalbert
Tangmere Sector
Air Headquarters Levant
No. 2 Group
RAF Fighter Command
Far East Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Air Marshal Sir Hector Douglas McGregor, KCB, CBE, DSO, RAF, (15 February 1910 11 April 1973) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.
[edit] RAF career

Born in New Zealand and educated at Napier Boys' High School,[1] McGregor joined the Royal Air Force in 1928 he served as a pilot but in 1931 he attended the Aircraft Engineering Course and he subsequently undertook several engineering-related tours.[2] He served in World War II as Officer Commanding No. 33 Squadron at Heliopolis in Egypt and then at Lydda in Palestine where he earned the DSO for his leadership during policing duties.[1] He went on to be Officer Commanding No. 213 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill in 1940, Station Commander at RAF Ballyhalbert in 1941 and then Senior Air Service Officer at No. 82 Group later the same year before being made Officer Commanding, Tangmere Sector in 1942.[2] He became Deputy Director, Operations, Intelligence and Plans at Headquarters Mediterranean Air Command in 1943 and Air Officer Commanding Air Headquarters Levant in 1944.[2]

After the War he became Air Officer Commanding No. 2 Group in 1951 before being appointed Director of Guided Missile Development at the Ministry of Supply in 1953.[2] He went on to be Assistant Controller, Aircraft at the Ministry of Supply in 1956, Chief of Staff (Air Defence) at Headquarters SHAPE in 1957 and Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command in 1959.[2] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Air Force in 1962 before he retired in 1964.[2]

In retirement McGregor became Chairman of the New Zealand News Consultative Board in 1964.[2]

by delmarae1 on 2013-01-30 07:10:53

Apoligies for my very slow response, I was doing a search and came across this journal again after almost a full year!

A quick search at the Auckland War Memorial Musuem provides the results for Sir Hector which you probably have anyway


There is also a registered birth for the year 1910 for a Hector Douglas McGregor born to Edna Lilian and father Hector McGregor

I also found this document in regards to the father from the Victoria University of Wellington Library
The Wairoa Dairy Factory Co-Operative Company's plant is at present (1906) leased to Mr. T. McGregor, of Gisborne. Mr. Hector McGregor, a son of the lessee, is acting as manager. The factory was opened on the 12th of October, 1903, and is a wooden building containing boiler and engine rooms, a separator and churning room, and two chilling chambers. An up-to-date plant has been installed, including a twelve horse-power Niven's boiler, an eight horse-power Brown and May engine, a ton and a-half British Linde freezer, a 440 gallon Alpha-Laval separator, a Sabroe cream elevator, Anderson's pasteuriser, Holben and Kirk's vats and weighing cans, and a six hundredweight Topliss churn. The floor is of concrete throughout, and the place is kept scrupulously neat and clean. About 600 gallons of milk and 50 gallons of cream are received per day throughout the season. The factory closes down from the end of May to the beginning of September.

Mr. Hector McGregor, manager of the Wairoa Dairy Factory, was born in Christchurch in the year 1883, and was educated in Stratford, Taranaki. Subsequently he gained an insight in the dairying industry at his father's factory, Kia Ora, Gisborne, and was appointed to his present position on the 1st of March, 1905. In Gisborne, Mr. McGregor was an active member of a leading football club, and is largely interested in all outdoor sports.

by delmarae1 on 2013-01-30 07:19:19

Heres another link for you - a picture of his return to Wairoa with his wife and mother from Dec 6 1962 edition of the Gisbourn photo news


by delmarae1 on 2013-01-30 07:25:13

His grandfather was Thomas McGregor
I found this document. There is a photo of the grandfather on the following link with quite a good detail of his business and personal life.


by delmarae1 on 2013-01-30 07:51:13

Still going.....Thomas McGregor was born 1860 in Canterbury. There is 1 registered birth for a Thomas McGregor for that year and shows his mothers name as Jane and the father as David McGregor.

If these are the great grandparents of Sir Hector Douglas McGregor then the Lyttleton Times posted notice of the following marriage July 1857

McGREGOR - DEWAR - on 20 Oct. Mr David Dick McGregor to Jane, 3rd dau. of late Mr John Dewar of Perthshire, Scotland

by delmarae1 on 2013-02-02 04:04:00

As you can see by the numerous documents, the family are not directly related to our whakapapa and were originally from the Christchurch area.

by nolimitz on 2014-07-29 05:18:29

Hi, my name is Aroha daughter of Kuini McGregor. Im keen to learn more about the history of my family, Thank you for sharing

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