Murdoch Munro

Descendants of Colin Munro and Isabella Ross

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Marriage 1885-1897
Widowhood 1898-1908
Te Hapua 1909-1922

His parents
Colin & Isabella

His first wife
Emily Key 1868-1897
Their children
Alberta 1884-1974
Colin 1885-1961
Isabel 1887-1976
Millicent 1890-1948
Edith 1892-1963
Alan 1893-1968
Might Murdoch 1895-1962

His second wife
Waikaraka Tahana ?-1919
Their son
Haretana 1917-1993


Murdoch Munro
b. 1861 - d. 1922

The Early Years

Murdoch's parents kept him constantly on the move throughout his childhood, as they continued their search for land of their own.

From the Wonwondah sheep station near Horsham, Victoria, Australia where Murdoch was born, to Yarrawonga when he was 4, and on to the Goulbourn area 2 years later. Then, at age 9, a 400 mile trek to Melbourne to board the ship for New Zealand. Firstly to Waimate, South Canterbury, then at the age of 16 to Lochinver Station in Hawkes Bay in 1877.

Murdoch's daughter Edie wrote of his strict Presbytarian upbringing:

"(it was) a way of life so narrow that, among other restrictions, no one but the head of the family was allowed speech at the meal table, and not even he was permitted, by his religious code, the levity of whistling on a Sunday. I know this because there had been an attempt to insinuate a little of this way of life into our generation by relatives of that generation, but it failed."
(Edie's notes written in the late 1950s)

Looking at Murdoch's choices through the course of his life, it would seem they failed to instill it in him too! From an early age, right up to his death, he appears to have been trying to escape this narrow upbringing.

After an attempt in the early 1880s at farming on his own (or possibly with brother Duncan) at Opori, central Hawkes Bay, where he suffered from bush sickness, it would be another 27 years before he settled down on his own piece of land, in a place and with a lifestyle where he felt he belonged.

Marriage 1885-1897

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