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Hi there, some info from Papers Past (you probably already know this?)
- John Macrae took his degree at Aberdeen - you may be able to follow this up re his parents/birthplace etc?
The death is announced at Invercargill of Mr John Macrae, M.A., at one time head teacher of the Otautau School. He took his degree at Aberdeen, and though quiet in demeanour and retiring, he was a gentleman of brilliant attainments. His nature was of the kindliest, and he will be greatly missed by those who knew him intimately. The widow and family will have the sincere sympathy of numerous friends in their bereavement. In the course of an appreciative obituary the Southland Times says that the command of an exceptionally clear and graceful style, and of a rich vocabulary that he used with scholarly art, made Mr Macrae one of the most valuable of the contributors to its leading columns, and in losing John Macrae our contemporary says death has deprived it of an able pen, and its readers of a philosopher and friend whose counsels were at all times welcome and profitable.
Western Star, 3 March 1903.
Macrae -At his late residence, Esk street, Invercargill, on the 28th February, 1903, John Macrae M.A., aged 74 years. The funeral will leave the house at 2 p.m- today (Monday) 2nd March, for the Eastern Cemetery.
Southland Times 2 March 1903 Page 2 This article
The Late John Macrae.
By the death of John Macrae at his home in Esk street on Saturday, an uncommon personality ih taken away from amongst us. A prominent man in the ordinary sense of tho term, Mr Macrae was not. The qualities that made his character so attractive were precisely those to prominence, as prominence nowadays goes, was abhorrent. Mr Macrae was essentially a student, a bookman, who loved seclusion and desired no society save that of a few kindred spirits. Educated at the ancient University of Aberdeen, of which he was a Master of Arts, Mr Macrae retained throughout life the tastes and habite that were there •acquired or developed. The disco very of a new star, or of a new element in the atmosphere ; a new invention in mechanics, or the application of one of nature's forces in a new form— these were of far more interest to John Macrae; than the fall of a government or the election of a new borough council. Not that his outlook upon-life was narrow. It was the reverse. He took a keen interest in both local and foreign politics,' and followed with minute attention- the course of the Boer war. To all human questions, indeed, Mr Macrae gave grave and close attention. His sympathies wore at once enlisted on behalf of the cause of the weak, or the poor, or the wronged, for his nature was honest and manly, and scorned meanness and tyranny whether in an individual or in a nation. But his opinions in all these matters were tbe opinions of a philosopher. He tested all questions by general principles, and on whatever side he might be he was never guilty of the tempers and prejudices that mark party politics, into which personal differences will intrude. And when he could he preferred to lay aside these matters and take up some subject of natural or moral philosophy-v he was, as we Have said, ever a student, a man who lived apart In the intellectual world. These traits of his character gave his conversation and his writing a singular charm, and he held o. place in the affections as well as in the esteem of his friends. By those whose good fortune it was to know him a t his own fireside, John Macrae will be greatly missed, and the sympathy of this not inconsiderable circle will be extended to the widow and family who now mourn the loss of a husband And father. '. The command of an exceptionally dear and graceful style, and of a rich vocabulary that he used with scholarly art, made Mr Macrae one of the most Valuable of the contributors to the leading columns of the Southland Times. Among the reading public there are not a few who appreciate -the beauty of fine English prose, and the articles in which Mr Macrae's rare literary gifts betrayed themselves did not pass unnoticed. The ease and polish of his language and construction were aided by an aptness in allusion and quotation that always made his writing pleasing and often fascinating. The range of his subjects was wide. He drew upon science and philosophy, ethics and politics for his matter, and whatever ho wrote was distinguished by the kindliness of his nature and the maturity of his scholarship. In taking away John Macrae death has deprived us of an able pen and our readers of a philosopher and friend whose counsels were at all times welcome and profitable.
Southland Times, Issue 18084, 2 March 1903
Many thanks for your detailed response, unfortunately I have been given incorrect information relating to John MacRae which should now read:-
Looking for the birth details and parents of a John MacRae born 1822 Ross & Cromarty emigrated on vessel abington ?? or similiar name 1855 approx to Canada then moved Australia and died in 1902 in Lewiston,South Australia.
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