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McKenzie, Malcolm

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1819
Place of birth Applecross, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Date of arrival 1847
Principal occupation Farmer and grazier
Date of departure 1866
Date of death 1909
Place of decease Southwark, SA

Malcolm McKenzie was born in Applecross, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland in about 1819. He was the son of Roderick McKenzie (1785- ) and Janet (1785- ) and the younger brother of Donald McKenzie (1818-1871). He was Presbyterian. Malcolm appears to be no relation to John McKenzie (1808-1890) who held land close to him in Sellick’s Hill.

Malcolm McKenzie, aged 21 years, arrived in Sydney on 21 February 1840 aboard Henry Porcher. He was in South Australia by 1847. Malcolm was a farmer and grazier who purchased section 630 in May 1847 for £80/1/0. In September 1850, he purchased section 631 for £102. He also held land grants for section 617, from October 1849, and section 618, from February 1850. Then, in 1861, he purchased sections 540 and 541 and, in 1864, part of section 537 (79 acres). All this land is on the slopes of Mount Terrible and Sellick’s Hill. Malcolm named the property “Myrtle Bank Farm”. He was resident on the Aldinga Plains from about 1847 until 1866. In February 1866, he advertised for sale a farm of 580 acres with a substantially built stone house of four rooms. The McKenzie family then moved to Strathalbyn. Myrtle Bank Farm was subsequently owned by James Greenlees and, later, David Cox.

On 1 November 1854, at the age of 35, Malcolm had married 16 year old Elizabeth Lea (or Lee) (1838-1917) of Thebarton, at the Thistle Inn, Weymouth Street, Adelaide. At the same time and place, his brother Donald McKenzie married Christiana McRae, both of Aldinga.

Malcolm and Elizabeth had at least ten children - six born at Aldinga between 1855 and 1865 and four at Strathalbyn and Port Gawler after 1866:

  • Margaret Jessy (1855-1921) was born at Aldinga and died at Adelaide.
  • Roderick Colin (1858-1860) was born at Aldinga and died at Adelaide.
  • George (1860-1860) was born and died at Aldinga.
  • Kitty Kate (1861-1905) was born at Aldinga, was unmarried and died at Rose Park, SA.
  • Roderick Colin (“Colin”) (1863-1947) was born at Aldinga and married Hester Ann Illman (1867-1953) on 23 October 1888 at the Registry Office in Adelaide. They had two children and lived at “Wyndermere” at Aldinga. They are both buried in Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.
  • John (1865-1942) was born at Aldinga and married Sarah Ann Firman Deacon (1862-1925) at the Registry Office in Adelaide. They had four children. He was a gardener and dairy farmer. John died at Scott Creek and is buried at Scott Creek.
  • Caroline (1868-1868) was born and died at Strathalbyn, SA.
  • Mary (1871-1954) was born at Strathalbyn and died at Hyde Park, SA.
  • Emma (“Emily”) Louisa (1873-1938) was born at Strathalbyn, SA and married Thomas Holly (1875-1956) on 1 June 1904 at the residence of Malcolm McKenzie, Thebarton, SA. She died at Hyde Park, SA.
  • Donald Malcolm (1876-1922) was born at Bassett Town near Port Gawler, SA. He married Elizabeth Jane “Bessie” Giles on 11 July 1903 at the residence of Harry Giles at Unley, SA. They had four children. Donald died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is buried at Cheltenham Cemetery.

Malcolm was one of nine church trustees of the Free Presbyterian Church, Whites Valley, when it opened in 1856.

Malcolm McKenzie died, aged 93 years, at Southwark, SA on 11 May 1909. His wife, Elizabeth McKenzie (née Lea) died, aged 79 years, at Southwark on 20 July 1917.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • SAILIS CT18/221 CT 60/159
  • South Australian Register 2 Nov 1854:2
  • Adelaide Observer 17 Feb 1866:8
  • Observer 28 July 1917:13

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