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McKenzie, Donald

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1818
Place of birth Applecross, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Date of arrival c. 1844
Principal occupation Farmer and grazier
Date of death 1871
Place of decease Aldinga

Donald McKenzie was born in Applecross, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland in about 1818. He was the son of Roderick McKenzie (1785- ) and Janet (1785- ) and the older brother of Malcolm McKenzie (1819-1909). He was Presbyterian. He appears to be no relation to John McKenzie (1808-1890) who held land close to Donald and his brother in Sellick’s Hill.

Donald McKenzie may have arrived in Australia either by the 136-ton barque Lady Emma from Launceston on 6 May 1839 or the 18-ton cutter Domain from Melbourne in 1844.

Aged 36 years, he married 27 year old Christina (or Christiana) McRae (or MacRae) (1827-1892) of Aldinga, on 1 November 1854 at the Thistle Inn, Weymouth Street, Adelaide. At the same time and place his brother, Malcolm, married Elizabeth Lea. Donald and Christiana McKenzie had six sons:

  • Roderick (1856-1897) was born at Aldinga and married Emily Sarah Lane (1867- ) at St Benedict Church on 17 January 1887. They had three daughters. Roderick died at Sellick’s Hill.
  • Duncan (1860- ) was born at Aldinga.
  • John (1862- ) was born at Aldinga.
  • Kenneth (1865- ) was born at Aldinga.
  • Finlay (1865-1944) was born at Aldinga.
  • Alexander Malcolm (1870-1914) was born at Sellick’s Hill and married Edith Jane Warren (1880-1971) on 15 February 1907. They had two daughters. Alexander died in South Africa.

Donald McKenzie was one of nine church trustees of the Free Presbyterian Church, Whites Valley when it opened in 1856 and a deacon of the Church at the time of his death in 1871. Donald was a farmer and, in 1864, he purchased sections 615, 617 and 630 from his brother Malcolm. In 1867, he transferred part of section 630 to the District Council of Aldinga and they later transferred it to the Council of Education in 1876.

Donald McKenzie, aged 53 years, died of “strangulation of the bowels” at Aldinga on 24 August 1871, leaving his wife Christina McKenzie (nee McRae), aged 44 years, with six boys aged from 1 year to 15 years.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SAILIS 1858-62 nothing
  • South Australian Register 2 Nov 1854:2
  • The South Australian Advertiser 26 Aug 1871:2
  • South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Times 2 Sept 1871:7
  • Adelaide Observer 5 Nov 1873:5

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