Newspaper Article 2013 – Family reunion rich in history

Family reunion rich in history

The McCutcheon family reunion was held this weekend at Lindisfarne College. A great number of ancestors of Fanny and Oliver McCutcheon, who travelled to New Zealand from Ireland in 1876, gathered in Hastings. The reunion started on Saturday morning and was followed by a cake cutting, by eldest grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren, while group photographs and a book launch with historian Michael Fowler and author Stephen Sheaffe were also part of the weekend.
Photographer Warren Buckland joined the clan.

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YOUNG GENERATION: Reunion organiser Janine McCutcheon, from Napier, holds her 4-month-old granddaughter Charlee Elliot.

FAMILY BOOK: Stephen and Glenda Sheaffe, from Australia, wrote and launched the McCutcheon family book at the family reunion.

HEIRLOOM: A Belgium pinfire revolver was given to Oliver McCutcheon by one of his brothers in 1876 to use in his new homeland and was sewn into one of his wife Fanny’s petticoats for the journey to New Zealand.

YOUNG McCUTCHEONS: Janine McCutcheon gets the attention of the youngest McCutcheons for a group photograph, during the family reunion.

FAMILY PHOTO: The McCutcheon family gathers for a group photo at Lindisfarne College.

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28 October 2013


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  • Fanny McCutcheon
  • Oliver McCutcheon
  • Stephen Sheaffe
  • Glenda Sheaffe
  • Michael Fowler
  • Janine McCutcheon
  • Charlee Elliott
  • Warren Buckland

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