Tag: new zealand

The Stirling Story (Part 1 of 2)

In May 2014, I was contacted by Blantyre Project reader Linda Robertson who lives in Western Australia. Her grandmother Elizabeth McGregor Whitelaw (nee Stirling) was born on 19th February 1910. Although Elizabeth was born in Burnbank, the family moved to Blantyre shortly after when she was young child. Later in life, Elizabeth had the foresight […]

James Wells passion for trees

James Wells was born in Blantyre in 1859 in Shuttle Row, Low Blantyre. Despite having famous neighbours in David Livingstone’s family, the Wells family up and left Blantyre in 1865, forsaking the mills and seeking adventure and a more prosperous life in New Zealand. Settling in Whangarei, the family carved out their own new lives […]