The Grants of Burnside – April 10, 2013

The following was sent to me by n0n-partipants of the Grant DNA Project.  If you would like more inforamtion, I will forward your request to the author so they might correspond with you.

“I was thrilled to get the following photos sent to me by Aleck Swinburn and he has very kindly allowed me to share them with you good people of Robert Grant’s brother, Alexander Grant.

He as I may have mentioned was an early pioneer arriving in NZ in 1842. Aleck informed me that he was amongst Captain Kettle’s survey party to first survey the Manawatu River and Gorge before walking back through the Wairarapa over the Rimutakas down the Hutt River to Petone.

Evidently, and you may be able to help Aleck on this score, as to where he may be able to track down some papers Alexander Grant wrote, notifying to those in Scotland on the merits of settling in the Wairarapa. Alexander Grant farmed up in Burnside, Hawkes Bay and this was continued after his death in 1893 till one of the two sons, returned from completing his law degree at St Andrews in Scotland, demanding the farm be sold and split up.

John Grant the lawyer, set up a practice in Devonport, Auckland while his brother Dugald then farmed in Hastings before retiring to Bluff Hill, Napier. Dugald had one daughter who passed away in 1953. She also had only one daughter Pauline, who married Max Swinburn(95). There is a lovely article about Max Swinburn if you google his name in down at Wanaka appearing in the Otago Daily Times where he was offered a trip in one of those warbird aircraft. Aleck’s father served in the same Battalion as Ray Falloon, the 19th, being one of the fortunate numbers who came through Crete (Mentioned In Dispatches, twice wounded), then El Alamein,etc and after a Furlough in NZ returned to finish the job in Italy. Remarkable service and good to know he is in the good care of Aleck and his wife Heather. Alison Price, Aleck’s sister, is teaching music down in the South Island.

Aleck remembers watching either you Belinda, or your sister Jenny playing the piano at Napier Central School for assembly when I think both Bob and Joye were teaching there.

The inserts show John Grant, the next quite clearly taken in Edinburgh of Alexander Grant, the family register and finally Dugald Grant, standing. Wonderful photographs and a privilege to view.

Aleck would be delighted to meet any of the Clan should they be passing through Waipukurau. He lives at Tourere Station. He has two children Michael and a daughter Susanna.”


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