John Rennie Alexander
John Rennie Alexander was born on the 22nd of June 1864 in
Overhall, Scotland. John was the forth son of George and
Christina Alexander. He was one of the ten children 7 boys and
Jhon Rennie School In Scotland
John started and ﬁnished his school years at Daviot
School. This is where all the Alexander children attended
school while being in Scotland.
John meet Chrstina Robby Webster and later got married.
This was held on Wednesday the ﬁrst of June 1892 at 2pm
at Mains of Inveramsay
John and Christina had six kids, named George, John W,
Chrissie, James, William and Alexander. Chrissie was the
only girl and had ﬁve brothers.
Kids Birth Dates
28 February 1893
17 July 1894
25 May 1896
27 September 1898
30 August 1900
13 November 1902
Cattle on Both family farms had to be destroyed because
of anthrax disease. This is what forced John to emigrate.
John and Christina's son George had a fever that was
caused by this disease. This is when the family decided
to go to New Zealand rather than Nova Scotia as
The Alexander family left Scotland for London by rail,
once there they stayed with John's brother Adam
Alexander. This is where they stayed for three weeks
before sailing. The Alexander family left London on the
15 August 1912 on board Ruahine.
There where 499 passengers on the Ruahine when the
Alexander family traveled to New Zealand on the ship. It
was a relatively new ship being launched in 1909 it was
built to carry 500 passengers.
The Alexander family arrived in to Wellington shortly
after 5 o'clock on Sunday 29 September 1912. On
arrival to Wellington the Alexander family made
there way to Hawera by train to start there new life.
Life In New Zealand
On the family farm a few cows where milked and the
milk was picked up twice a week. Sadly Christina
Robbie Alexander passed away on Monday 9th March
1942 aged 74 after being very ill. John Rennie
Alexander sadly died on Thursday 26 January 1956
aged 91, after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day
This is the ﬁve generations from John Rennie Alexander to me.