My father is Vernon Leigh SMITH born 1940.
His parents were Victory Harvey Smith (1887-1976) and Alma Winifred Maud Torkington (1900-1971).
The SMITH family
The story of my great-great grandparents Benjamin and Martha Smith is very well documented at bensmith.falkor.gen.nz – a website my father published from a manuscript written and compiled by several of their descendants.
The MATHESON family
My great-great grandparents Angus and Jessie Matheson arrived in New Zealand on the “Spray” as part of a mass migration of Highland Scottish settlers in Nova Scotia led by Reverend Norman McCleod. While the majority of these immigrants settled in Waipu, a handful, including Angus and Jessie’s family, settled in the Omaha district (Matheson’s Bay). The Clan Matheson web site has some information on them, and on the Waipu migration.
The TORKINGTON family
William Torkington (1844-1923) arrived from Ashton Under Lyne in 1883 with his three small children (Harold, Arthur and Joseph). They settled on Ti Point, a small farming community in the Omaha area.
The CLARKE family
My great-great grandfather Charles Septimus Clarke (1843-1929) was born in Leicester and immigrated to New Zealand in 1863, settling in the Little Omaha area (now Leigh). He married a fellow passenger, Mary Ann WYATT (1847-1883). His diaries are held at the Warkworth museum, and Dad has published them online in their entirety at csclarke.falkor.gen.nz. I also have a separate website devoted to the Clarke family: It was a very fine day.