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Sources:  The Brydons: Scotland to Canada   http://www.brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/search.php?mylastname=ALGIE

Ancestry.com;  International Genealogical Index;  FreeBMD;  New Zealand Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records;  Censuses;  the Internet;   personal communications.

 

 

JACOBO ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born about 1420 at Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Died 1489 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

 

“Crawford the Historian, Metcalfe and others agree in stating that the first of the name to settle in Scotland, came from Rome in the train of Thomas DeTerdeo, Abbot of Paisley, in the year 1453.  He was a notary public and connected with the monastery.  When the town of Paisley was created into a burgh of Barury by King James IV on Aug. 17, 1488, the name of Jacobo Algeo appears in the list of the original Fenars as the proprietor of the piece of land known as Blade Yarde”.

 

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Canada.  http://brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1924&tree=bryd2.

           

            Children, including:

 

 

JOHANNIS ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1453 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Died 1509 at Paisley.


            Children, including:

 

 

PETER ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

Born 1508 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Married in 1547 at Paisley MARIAN MOSTON (about 1510-1603) (also known as MARION MORTOUN and MARIAN MORTON).

Died 1570 at Paisley.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1549 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married about 1566 AGNES ROWAT (about 1550-1613).

            Died after 1627 at Paisley.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1571 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married before 1597 CATHERINE WALLACE.

            Died after 1637 at Paisley.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

ROBERT ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born between 1597 and 1602 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Died 1656.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

ROBERT ALGEO (ALGIE)

 

            Born 1630.

            Died 1690.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 1650 at Kennishead, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Married JEAN PARK.

Died 3 February 1685 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

 

Headstone

 

Martyrs memorial headstone at Paisley reads:  “Here lie the corpses of James Algie and John Park who suffered at the Cross of Paisley for refusing the oath of abjuration February 3 1685”.

 

Source:  Ancestry.com Hamilton Family tree.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 1685 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Married on 2 December 1714 at Cathcart MARY MUIR (1692-26 November 1764).

            Died 1 January 1770 at Cathcart.

 

            4 children, including:

 

 

MATTHEW ALGIE

 

            Born about 1718 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Married on 24 April 1744 at Cathcart MARY ANDERSON (21 November 1723-21 November 1781).

Died after 1781.

 

9 children, including:

 

 

MATTHEW ALGIE

 

            Born 6 October 1752 at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Baptised 22 October 1752 at Cathcart.

            Married in 1784 CHRISTIAN McLUCKIE.

           

            8 children, including:

 

 

JAMES ALGIE

 

            Born 30 April 1794 at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Married on 7 August 1818 at Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, Scotland JANET ALGIE (1795-1834).

Died in 1834.

 

6 children, including:

 

 

JOHN ALGIE

 

            Born 13 January 1824 at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

            Baptised 8 February 1824 at Paisley.

Married (1) on 1 June 1849 at Paisley JEAN WATSON (18 April 1826-19 October 1852).  2 children.

Married (2) on 26 September 1854 at Paisley MARGARET STEWART (27 November 1825-25 May 1907).

            Died 3 October 1888 at Balclutha, Otago.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1866-67, 1867-68, 1868-69, 1869-70, 1870-71, 1875-76:  Balclutha, Otago

1880-81, 1882-84, 1887:  Balclutha (baker)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1872-73:  Balclutha (baker)

1876, 1878-79, 1881, 1883-84, 1886, 1887-88:  Balclutha

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            6 children (with Margaret Stewart), including:

 

 

JOHN ALEXANDER ALGIE

 

            Born 29 April 1857 at Newbattle, near Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Postmaster;  soldier.

Marriages:  see below.

Died on 7 March 1948 at Auckland.

 

            Career

 

            1875 May 01 Appointed as Messenger, Telegraph, Balclutha 1

1883 Dec 29 Appointed Vaccination Inspector at Wyndham 2

1891 Jan 22 Postmaster Balclutha; also Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages; also Government Life Insurance Agent 3

1911 Sep 11 Postmaster; Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages; Government Life Insurance Agent 4

 

1 Appendices to the Journal of the House of Representatives (AJHR).

2 New Zealand Gazette 1875 Section H11 Nominal Roll of the Civil Establishment of New Zealand on the 30th June 1875.

3 New Zealand Gazette 1891 Post & Telegraph Classification, p. 115.

4 New Zealand Gazette 1911 Post and Telegraph Classification p. 3202.

 

He was a Captain in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, New Zealand Military Forces.

 

Served in the South African (Boer) War: his occupation at that time was postmaster in Lake County.  Address: Arrowtown, Otago.

He embarked on the ship Kent, March 1902.  His rank at that time was lieutenant of the South Island Regiment - B squadron, Ninth Contingent  (Queen’s Medal and clasps).

 

He was also in the Great War (1914-1918) in command of the Mounted Rifles, Occupying Forces Samoa (British war medal).

 

Some sources:

http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/37267.detail

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/soldier/john-alexander-algie

 

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Ontario http://www.brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1332&tree=bryd2

           

            Overseas Trip

 

Bon Voyage !  Mr J. A. Algie, in charge of the Arrowton post and telegraph office, has been proffered and accepted the office of mail agent on the outgoing Vancouver boat.  As Mr Algie served in a similar capacity last year on a ’Frisco boat the repetition of such an offer may be read as highly flattering to the recipient, for it is well known that the position is much coveted by the gentlemen of the Postal department.  Mr Algie will reach Vancouver when the stream of eager gold-seekers flowing into the Yukon Valley is at high flood, and it will require a strong staying power not to be carried away with it.  Mr Algie leaves here on Monday next to meet the Miewera at Wellington, Mr W. Canning, of the Dunedin office, filling the vacancy during his absence.  By a strict attention to business and an equable, gentlemanly urbanity Mr Algie has made many friends, who join in congratulating him on what amounts to a holiday trip and in wishing him bon voyage and a safe return.  Mr H. B. Smith is appointed to act as registrar of births, marriages, and deaths during Mr Algie’s absence.

 

Source:  Otago Witness 3 March 1898, p. 29 col. C.

           

            War Service

 

Full Name:  John Alexander Algie

Forename(s):  John Alexander

Surname:  Algie

War:  South African War, 1899-1902, World War I, 1914-1918

Serial No.:  4058, 20/33

First Known Rank:  Captain

Next of Kin:  Mrs J.A. Algie (wife), care of R.M. Algie, Barrister, University School of Law, Auckland, New Zealand

Marital Status:  Married

Enlistment Address:  Taihape, New Zealand

Military District:  Wellington

Body on Embarkation:  3rd Samoan Relief Force

Embarkation Date:  10 January 1916

Place of Embarkation:  Auckland, New Zealand

Transport:  Talune 10 January 1916

Vessel:  Talune

Destination:  Apia, Samoa

Page on Nominal Roll:  9

Archives NZ source:  Military personnel file, other military personnel file

Further References:  New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-south-african-boer-war/introduction

Sources Used:  Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington, Govt. Printer, 1914-1919.

 

Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/37267.detail?Ordinal=6&c_surname_search=algie

           

Marriages

 

John Alexander Algie married three times:

 

1.  On 27 October 1886 at Balclutha, Otago to AGNES MacMILLAN (1855-9 July 1899), daughter of John MacMillan (born about 1833) of Balclutha.

Sources:  Otago Daily Times 9 November 1886, p. 2 col. C.

                             Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1886/3293.

 

Agnes died on 9 July 1899 at Arrowtown.

 

Sources:  Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1889/5203.

Marriage Certificate of John Alexander Algie and Marian Charlotte Tosswill.

 

 

2.  On 27 May 1904 at Church of the Holy Trinity, Gore, Southland to MARIAN CHARLOTTE TOSSWILL (1878-7 May 1954), daughter of Arthur Robert Davis Tosswill (1847-1902) and Charlotte Ann Davis (1849-1927).

Sources:  Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records 1904/5601.

Marriage Certificate of John Alexander Algie and Marian Charlotte Tosswill.

 

The Evening Post for 5 May 1922, under the heading “In Divorce”, listed:

 

Marian Charlotte Algie v. John Alexander Algie, restitution of conjugal rights.

Source:  Evening Post (Wellington) 5 May 1922, p. 8 col. B.

 

The Evening Post for 13 June 1922 carried the following report:

 

A formal order for restitution of conjugal rights was made by the Chief Justice, Sir Robert Stout, at the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon upon the petition of Marian Charlotte Algie, for whom Mr. T. M. Wilford appeared.  Petitioner stated that she had not seen her husband, John Alexander Algie, since 1915.  The order is to be complied with within three months of the date of service upon the respondent, who is believed to be living somewhere in Scotland.

Source:  Evening Post (Wellington) 13 June 1922, p. 3 col. D.

 

The Evening Post for 27 October 1923, under the heading “In Divorce”, listed:

 

Marian Charlotte Algie v. John Alexander Algie, alleged desertion.

Source:  Evening Post 27 October 1923, p. 8 col. A.

 

 

3.  In 1926 (?) to PENELOPE ANDERSON MONRO (1881-20 August 1954).

Source:  The Brydons: Scotland to Ontario http://brydondale.com/genealogy/tng/getperson.php?personID=I1332&tree=bryd2.

 

I have been unable to find any documentary evidence of this marriage, although there is a reference in a North Shore City Council booklet Takapuna-Milford Walk (2002, p. 10) to John Alexander Algie who, on returning from a trip to his ancestral Scotland, brought back with him “a new wife, Penelope”;  and there are several references on the Internet to Algie’s Castle (Merksworth Castle) having been built for John Alexander Algie “and his wife Penelope”.

 

            Obituary

 

            Death at 90: Captain Algie’s long military career

 

Captain John Alexander Algie, V.D., of Hustmere Road, Takapuna, died yesterday after a short illness, aged 90.  Born in Scotland, Captain Algie came to New Zealand when he was seven.  He was a member of the staff of the Post and Telegraph Department when the South African War broke out and served with the New Zealand Forces in South Africa.

 

At the beginning of the First World War, Captain Algie went with the New Zealand force to Samoa.  He volunteered to serve with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, but, being unsuccessful, paid his own way to England and served with a coastal defence unit.  Captain Algie had 29 years’ service with the New Zealand defence forces and, during the Second World War, set a fine example of military enthusiasm by serving in the Takapuna section of the Home Guard.

 

For many years president of the King’s Empire Veterans, Captain Algie was also for a time a member of the Takapuna Borough Council.  During his service with the Post and Telegraph Department he was twice chosen to travel to North America as a departmental mail officer.

 

Captain Algie is survived by Mrs Algie and two sons, Mr R. M. Algie, M.P., and Mr D. L. Algie.  His eldest son, Captain C. S. Algie, was killed on active service in France in 1916.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 8 March 1948, p. 8 col. E.

 

“V.D.” is the Volunteer (Officers’) Decoration, which was created by Royal Warrant under command of Queen Victoria on 25 July 1892 to reward “efficient and capable” officers of the Volunteer Force who had served for twenty years.  In 1894 the decoration was introduced for officers of Volunteer Forces in India and the Colonies ...  The award of the Volunteer Decoration entitled the recipient to the use of the postnominal letters V.D. after their name.  The award was superseded by the Territorial Decoration in 1908.

 

Source:  Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Decoration

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

            1880-81:  Kakanui, Otago (postmaster)

1890:  Balclutha (postmaster)

1905/06, 1908:  Paeroa (postmaster)

1911:  Queenstown (postmaster)

1914:  Taihape (postmaster)

1928, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (no occupation)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1878-79, 1881, 1883-84:  Kakanui, Otago (postmaster & telegraphist)

1887-88, 1891:  Wyndham, Southland (postmaster)

1892-93, 1895, 1897:  Kaitangata, Otago (postmaster)

1898-99, 1901, 1902, 1903:  Arrowtown, Otago (postmaster)

1904, 1907:  Paeroa (postmaster)

1910, 1913:  Queenstown (postmaster)

1930:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (master mariner)

1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1947:  131 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            Children (with Agnes MacMillan):

 

 

            (1)  COLVIN STEWART ALGIE

 

            Born 6 July 1887 at Wyndham, Southland.

            Baptised 1887 at St Andrew’s, Balclutha, Otago.

Schoolteacher, Rotorua.

 

Married on 14 April 1914 at Rotorua ALICE VICTORIA ELIZABETH CORLETT (born 21 June 1887, daughter of Benjamin Stott Corlett (1840-1925) and Elizabeth Burge (1850-1924);  Alice later married on 17 November 1926 Frederick de Mulford Hyde (29 December 1898-12 November 1962), with whom she had a son Geoffrey Hammond Hyde, and died on 18 July 1960 at Auckland).

 

Died (killed in action) on 21 July 1916 at Somme, France.

Buried at Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, France.

 

War Service

 

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Egypt, Gallipoli, France.

 

Full Name:  Colvin Stewart Algie

 Rank Last Held:  Captain

 Forename(s):  Colvin Stewart

 Surname:  Algie

 War:  World War I, 1914-1918

 Serial No.:  12/294

 Gender:  Male

 Date of Birth:  6 July 1887

 Place of Birth:  Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand

 Religion:  Church of England

 First Known Rank:  Lieutenant

 Occupation before Enlistment:  Teacher

 Next of Kin:  Mrs A.E. Algie (wife), Malfroy Road, Rotorua, New Zealand

 Marital Status:  Married

 Enlistment Address:  Rotorua, New Zealand

 Age on Enlistment:  27

 Military District:  Auckland

 Body on Embarkation:  Main Body

 Embarkation Unit:  Auckland Infantry Battalion

 Embarkation Date:  16 October 1914

 Place of Embarkation:  Auckland, New Zealand

 Transport:  HMNZT 8, HMNZT 12

 Vessel:  Star of India or Waimana

 Destination:  Suez, Egypt (3 December 1914)

 Nominal Roll Number:  Vol 1

 Page on Nominal Roll:  9

 Campaigns:  Gallipoli, Western Front

 Military Awards:  Gallipoli Medallion

 Last Unit Served:  Auckland Infantry Regiment

 Place of Death:  Somme, France

 Date of Death:  21 July 1916

 Age at Death:  29

 Year of Death:  1916

 Cause of Death:  Killed in action

 Cemetery Name:  Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières, France

 Grave Reference:  II. E. 40

Memorial Name:  Rotorua War Memorial (World War 1), Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories

Biographical Notes:  Husband of Mrs. A.V.E. Algie, of Te Aroha, Piako, New Zealand.

 

Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/139.detail?Ordinal=2&c_surname_search=algie

 

            War Diary

 

Auckland’s contingent of the 1914 Main Body made a false start before getting away to World War I from Wellington on October 16.  Two transports left Auckland on September 24, but turned back the same night to await a stronger naval escort.

 

Mr Colvin S. Algie, then a lieutenant in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, who left with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, 1st N.Z.E.F., and was killed in action, left in his diary an account of the departure which will recall many memories to the men who will gather here in a fortnight for the 50th anniversary reunion.

 

The 6th Hauraki left their camp at Epsom, where they had spent six weeks, in the rain on September 23, 1914, and embarked in the troop-ship Waimana.  Lieut. Algie’s diary says:

 

It was unfortunate for the men that they should have had to go aboard more or less wet ...  It has been a memorable day for all, and when it was over we were all a pretty tired crowd.

 

We had a great time fixing up the messing arrangements of all the men.  The mess room is not quite big enough to accommodate all hands, so that two relays have to be made.  The present arrangement is that two companies go at a time, and the two first for one day are the last for next day.  The tables are packed to their full capacity and will be rather uncomfortable when we get into the tropics.

 

We left the wharf about 6 p.m., just after our other troop-ship, the Star of India (No. 8) had come to anchor.

 

The next morning the two ships, with their escort, the Philomel, sailed – and the great adventure had begun, so they thought.  But the men awoke the following morning (September 25) to find themselves back inside Tiri again, with Rangitoto in sight.

 

The next two weeks were spent aboard the ship in port and drilling ashore.  Saturday, October 10, brought the final embarkation.  The diary continues:

 

Sunday, October 11 – It was a fine morning, and soon many launches were visiting us, continuing to do so throughout the day.  In the afternoon the ferry steamers carried hundreds round the ship, and many of us were able to recognise friends aboard.

 

Promptly at 5 p.m. the Philomel backed out and we were once more under steam.  It was a great contrast to our previous attempt.  Several launches accompanied us down the channel, and every ferry steamer tooted as we passed.  The pilot was dropped, and the last remaining link with Auckland was left behind.  We were all more or less in the dark as to our first course, whether round North Cape or south to Wellington.  Our doubts were soon dispelled, however, as Cuvier Light came into view on the starboard bow – we were bound for Wellington.

 

Wednesday, October 14 – We are just entering Wellington heads at 8 a.m. and a cold wind is blowing – otherwise quite fine.  The first vessels we saw when we got in were two men-o’-war, and on closer inspection one was found to be the Ibuki, a Japanese battle cruiser, and the other H.M.S. Minotaur, a first-class cruiser from the China Station.

 

We lay at anchor in the stream all day, and many were the scathing comments on Wellington and its ferry services as the day wore on.  Nobody seemed to worry whether we were in the harbour or not and the greatest difficulty was experienced in getting anything to or from the shore.

 

The eight other transports were at the wharves and we could see by the movement of horses on the wharves that embarkation was proceeding.  About 5 p.m. the troop-ships began to back out into the stream, and very soon all of them but the flagship, the Maunganui, had taken up their anchorage.

 

Thursday, October 15 – This morning was wet, and drizzling rain fell all day.  In the afternoon the Maunganui came out to an anchorage and word was passed round that we were to sail at 6 a.m. next day, to our great relief.

 

The ten transports make a unique and imposing sight in port, comprising as they do some of the finest vessels trading to these shores.  They are No. 3 Maunganui, 4 Tahiti, 5 Ruapehu, 6 Orari, 7 Limerick, 8 Star of India, 9 Hawkes Bay, 10 Arawa, 11 Athenic, and 12 Waimana.

 

Friday, October 16 – I turned out at 5.45 this morning, and at 6 a.m. exactly the Minotaur and Ibuki got under way.  They moved out ahead and were soon followed by H.M.S. Psyche.  The latter was followed down the harbour and out of the heads by five troop-ships, the Maunganui, Hawkes Bay, Star of India, Limerick and Tahiti.  With this column on the move H.M.S. Philomel led off with the Arawa, Athenic, Orari, Ruapehu, and Waimana in her wake.

 

On reaching the heads we saw the big cruisers were already hull down on the horizon.  We kept this line ahead formation until clear of the heads, when our column of five ships, headed by the Philomel, drew up and we formed two columns abreast.

 

It was a great sight.  Once outside, we were astonished to find that we had left the wind in the harbour and the sea was beautifully smooth.

 

All day we have been dodging along through Cook Strait, with the South Island on our port beam, and at 6.20 p.m. we had Farewell Spit abeam.  This was our last sight of New Zealand and one cannot help wondering when and how we shall sight these shores again.

 

We are now heading for Hobart, I believe, and should reach there about Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  Where we go from there we do not know, but Suez seems to be the popular tip.

 

Source:  Auckland Star 5 October 1964, p. 10 col. F-H.

 

            Gallipoli Diary

 

Colvin Stewart Algie was first assistant at Rotorua District High School when he enlisted in 1914.  A captain in the 6th Hauraki Regiment, Auckland Infantry Battalion, he was killed at Armentières, France on July 30, 1916.

 

Letters from “Colv” to his young wife, every one of them preserved, reflect a tender, sensitive nature.  But his Gallipoli diary reflects an extraordinary matter-of-fact approach to war.  In a manner possibly common until after World War II, he seems to see war as a normal phase in the life of man.  He complains of little.  He records his admiration of courage, stoicism and mateship.

 

Well, he might have seen war as a normal part of the life of man.  Colv Algie’s father, Capt. John Alexander Algie, who died in 1948 at 91, was at the Boer War as a captain with the Otago Mounted Rifles and, at the time of his son’s death, was with the New Zealand force which seized German Samoa.  John Alexander Algie built Algie’s Castle, a stone fortress above Black Rock, between Takapuna and Milford.

 

Family archives record centuries of soldiering by Algies.  First entry in the archives is Jacobo Algeo, of Rome, a vassal of the Abbot of Paisley, in Scotland.  From then, Paisley Algeos (the name survived in that form and as Algoes and Auldjo until early last century) were in any war that offered.  In one Paisley Algeo family, John Henry Algeo, captain in the 34th Cumberland Regiment, died of wounds in the Peninsular War in 1813.  His brother Lewis, Lieut. 14th Regiment of Foot, was killed in action in India in 1818, as was brother N. G. from the same regiment in 1819.

 

At Algie’s Castle, along with the swords of John Alexander, Colvin Stewart and Donald Colvin Algie who was five years in the Navy in World War II, is a polished and mounted piece of Martyrs’ Tree at Paisley.  A silver band records that James Algie was hanged from it on February 5, 1685 “for not conforming to the Episcopacy”.

 

A close kinsman of the New Zealand Algies, Lieutenant Wallace Lloyd Algie, Central Ontario Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously in World War I – he was killed in France 31 days before the Armistice.

 

Here are extracts from the early entries in the Gallipoli diary of Colv Algie.  The original, in careful cursive teacher’s writing, started in a hard-back notebook but progressed to sparser entries on the back of signal forms.

 

Sunday 25th April:

 

At daybreak this morning the sound of a heavy big gun bombardment could be heard.  The business commenced.  We were now almost abreast of Kaba Tepe our landing place ...

 

We reached our allotted place at 8.15 and came to a stop.  The sea was like glass and the weather perfect – surely a good omen.  At midday our Battn landed in pontoons towed by destroyers, trawlers and pinnaces.  Major Stuckey, Sinel and others were in first tow and landed first.  I got left in second which broke adrift twice and caused some delay;  consequently I landed with 15 men (Hauraki) about an hour after the rest of the company.  Couldn’t find Haurakis when I got ashore so attached myself to 3rd Coy.  We landed on an open beach and were greeted with a sight to try the nerves of the strongest – dying and wounded men in all directions – the Australians who had landed at dawn had suffered heavily, but performed a feat of which we were all proud in driving the enemy out of his position at all.

 

The hills rise sheer from water’s edge here and we all marvel at the Turks leaving their position.  The bayonet was too much for them however and out they got.  Their losses were pretty heavy.

 

We moved up the hill to the attack directly we landed and most exciting it was.  The Turks had four guns which kept up a pretty steady fire down over the hill to the beach.  All the way up we were under fire from these but the shells fortunately burst in the wrong place, to injure us.

 

We stopped halfway with the remainder of the 3rd Coy whom we were to join.  Soon after the shrapnel started again and of a group of seven of us 6 were hit, 2 being killed, while I escaped unhurt.  We were then ordered into a trench – really a Turkish one – where we stayed nearly all day.  The shells and rifle bullets kept up an incessant shriek and rattle all day and the trouble is no enemy to be seen.  Enemy snipers are most troublesome, however.

 

Only part of our force has landed yet and our information is a little out as the enemy is much stronger than reported.

 

The Australians did great work in scaling the cliffs and rooted the Turks out with the bayonet.  They took the next ridge too but in doing so really went too far as by the time we caught up we were “pumped”.  We had all to fall back at night and take up a fresh position.  Still we are ashore and no Turks will get us out now.

 

Word has just come through that the 16th have lost all officers (one killed) while Major Stuckey is reported killed, also Flower and Dodson.  Morpeth is wounded and nobody knows anything of Sinel.

 

It has been a trying test for new soldiers but they are magnificent.  Australasia can be justly proud.  I never wish to see braver or cooler men.

 

Monday 26th April:

 

Last night the fight kept on without letting up in the least.  The Turks made several desperate attacks but we held them off each time.  The left had to fall back once but we took up a position from which we cannot now be dislodged.

 

There were only about 50 of us left of all units when we got the word to come back and one of our Auckland machine guns under young Massam of Opotiki was doing good work.

 

We had a number of wounded men who had been there all day and this was the most pitiable part.  These poor beggars’ moans and requests for water being unbearable at times.  After a great deal of trouble some of our chaps got them down the cliff to the beach but their suffering must have been frightful during the process.

 

Some attempt was made to dig ourselves in during the night with a good deal of success and our position is now much more secure.  Rain came on before daylight and as all packs had been left on the beach most of us put in a pretty miserable night.  By 8 or 10 this morning the blue sky was showing again and cheered us up.

 

Sinel came in looking a wreck, mud-stained and with a twisted ankle and reports a frightful time where he was.  Major Stuckey severely wounded is on the hospital ship, likewise Morpeth.  Flower and Dodson are both dead and both died game and in the thick of it.  Dodson was killed instantly, Flower died soon after being hit.

 

We are to stay in reserve today and endeavour to collect the Auckland Battalion which has been pretty hard hit.  From all accounts there is about half of it left.

 

The casualty list although heavy is not so heavy as we thought.  All ranks have proved themselves “stickers” and heroes and the battalion has been complimented by the general for its part.  The stretcher-bearers particularly deserve mention.  They brought in wounded under fire and did what in many other wars would have earned VCs without a doubt.

 

The Turks keep up a pretty steady rifle fire all the time and first thing at dawn and last thing just before dark their artillery gets to work.

 

Tuesday 27th April:

 

We gathered in all the Hauraki men we could find and mustered 99 out of our original 227.  About 10 a.m. had to occupy a reserve defensive position and get to work trench digging.

 

Today a shell struck the bank behind me and shot off past my shoulder bursting just in front and a little to the right.  The concussion knocked me over and gave me a dickens of a scare.  I thought I was scorched by the flame from the burst while the din deafened me for a time but there proved to be no damage done.  It was quite near enough to the next world for me for a while yet.

 

These colonial boys of ours have proved great stickers and equally good as bayonet fighters.  Australians and New Zealanders may be seen bringing one another from the firing line when wounded and are fellows that would go anywhere required.

 

Our diet for the last three days has been bully beef, biscuit and water.  We have not had a wash since we landed but Sinel and I managed to have a shave this morning using a tin lid for a glass.  The colonel caught us in the act and thought it a great joke.

 

Source:  Auckland Star 23 April 1975, p. 8.

 

Colvin Stewart Algie’s war diary is held at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington (MS-Papers-1374).

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1911, 1914:  Rotorua (school teacher)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

           

1910, 1913, 1916:  Rotorua (school master)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

1 child:

 

            DONALD COLVIN ALGIE

 

            Born 27 January 1915 at Rotorua.

            Accountant, company executive.

Married on 13 January 1942 at All Saints Church, Pimlico, London, England CECIL MARY UPTON (25 August 1916-16 February 2002), daughter of Percy Henry Upton (1874-1960) and Florence Sarah Nihill Pierce (1878-1954), and sister of Eleanor Florence Millett née Upton (1910-1973).

Died 16 May 1990 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Cremated 18 May 1990 at North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Albany, Auckland.

 

Marriage

 

Advice has been received of the wedding of Miss Cecil Mary Upton, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Percy Upton, of Remuera road (Auckland), and Sub-Lieutenant Donald Algie.  The bride, who has been in England since 1937, took her B.A. degree at Oxford University, and shortly after war broke out she joined the clerical staff of the B.B.C., where she has been employed ever since.  Sub-Lieutenant Algie, who lived in Auckland for some years, and was a member of the R.N.Z.N.V.R., has served in H.M.S. Chitral and H.M.S. King Alfred since leaving New Zealand in May of last year.

 

Source:  Christchurch Press 16 February 1942

 

War Service

 

Lieutenant Commander R.N.Z.N.V.R.  Served in the Commonwealth Naval Forces Atlantic, Europe and Pacific 1939-1945.

 

Good Job Done – Fairmile Launches Return from Pacific

 

After a tour of duty in the Pacific which lasted for nearly 18 months, 12 Fairmile motor-launches of the Royal New Zealand Navy returned recently to Auckland.

 

The tour of duty began on February 6, 1944, when the first five Fairmiles left for the Solomon Islands.  The other seven departed on March 25, 1944.  Since then the flotilla has been engaged in patrols, escort, and anti-submarine work and has provided screens for vessels engaged in loading war materials at various places.

 

The officer in command of the base, H.M.N.Z.S. Kahu, from which the Fairmiles worked, was Lieutenant-Commander H. E. Cave, R.N., Gisborne. Senior officer of the flotilla was Lieutenant-Commander H. J. Bull, D.S.C., R.N.Z.N.V.R., Auckland, and the commanders of the 12 ships at the close of the tour of duty were Lieutenants ... E.T.F. Millett, Auckland, D. C. Algie, Auckland ...

 

Each of the Fairmiles carried two officers, two petty officers, and 12 ratings.  At the base in the Solomons there were 10 officers and 53 ratings.

 

On his return to the Dominion Lieutenant-Commander Cave was enthusiastic in his praise of the work of the officers and men under his command.  He expressed gratitude for the co-operation and assistance received from the United States navy.  He said that since the Fairmiles had left New Zealand they had travelled a total distance of 380,000 miles.  Though their work in the main had been monotonous, with no action by or against the enemy, it had been important, and the American naval authorities had been very appreciative of the manner in which it had been carried out.

 

“The Fairmiles stood up to the work very well, and I must congratulate the New Zealand builders of these little ships on their excellent workmanship”, said Lieutenant-Commander Cave.  He added that it was not at all the work for which the ships had been designed.  They had been intended for short coastal patrols, but during the Pacific tour had taken part in convoys over hundreds of miles.

 

Ratings in one of the Fairmiles expressed gladness at being back in the Dominion after the tour of duty, which had been partly interesting and partly monotonous.  They said food and conditions on the small ships had been very good, but they were pleased to taste fresh milk again.  Asked if they had any conplaints, they gave a unanimous “No”.

 

Source:  Evening Post 30 July 1945, p. 7 col. F.

           

            HMS Leander

 

Leander was one of the largest New Zealand naval ships at the outbreak of the Second World War.  She saw service in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.  The ship was torpedoed during the Battle of the Coral Sea, but managed to limp back to New Zealand with a 30-foot by 20-foot hole in her hull. ...

 

Mr D. C. Algie [was] one of the first New Zealanders to train in the ship as a signalman.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 26 June 1968.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

1938, 1941, 1943:  205 Courtville Flats, Eden Street, Newmarket, Auckland (clerk)

1946:  11 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk)

1949, 1954:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (clerk)

1957, 1960:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (accountant)

1963:  224 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland (staff manager)

1966, 1969:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (staff manager)

1972, 1975, 1978:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (secretary)

1981:  253 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

            Children:

 

            (1)  ELIZABETH MARGARET ALGIE

 

            Born 10 July 1943 at Auckland.

Married on 17 December 1965 at St Peter’s Church, Takapuna, Auckland THOMAS FRANK BAYLISS (born 14 November 1936 at Gisborne).

Died 28 June 2016 at Whakatane.

3 children:  Rosemary Jane Bayliss (born 18 April 1971);  Ian William Bayliss (born 8 June 1973);  Andrew James Bayliss (born 12 August 1975).

 

(2)  MARY FLORENCE ALGIE

 

Born 2 April 1946 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Married on 25 November 1967 at St Paul’s-by-the-Sea, Milford, Auckland ADRIAN CASSAIDY (born 3 May 1944 at Preston, Lancashire, England).

3 children:  David John Cassaidy (born 15 June 1968);  Anne Elizabeth Cassaidy (born 19 August 1970);  Sarah Margaret Cassaidy (born 25 July 1975).

 

(3)  JOHN ALEXANDER ALGIE

 

Born 20 October 1947 at Narrow Neck, Auckland.

Married in 1969 ELIZABETH ANNE PHILLIPS.

2 children:  Penelope Sarah Algie (born 12 July 1973);  Emma Jane Algie (born 24 January 1976).

 

            (4)  MATTHEW COLVIN ALGIE

           

            Born 12 August 1950 at Narrow Neck, Auckland.

            Married (1) in 1971 MARGARET DONALDSON.

3 children:  Melinda Anne Algie (1971-1972);  Kellie Alice Algie (born 27 April 1976);  Keryn Algie (born 1978).

            Married (2) WENDY THOW.

 

 

(2)  RONALD MACMILLAN ALGIE

 

Born 22 October 1888 at Wyndham, Southland.

University Professor, Member of Parliament

 

Married (1) on 14 December 1917 at Auckland HELEN ADAIR McMASTER (19 February 1890-24 May 1944), daughter of Alexander Anthony McMaster (1863-1914) and Annie Reid (1864-1919).  No children.

 

Married (2) on 28 May 1947 at Christchurch, Canterbury MARY JOAN GRAY STEWART (25 August 1909-5 May 1972).

 

Died 23 July 1978 at Auckland.

 

Death Announcement

 

Death of former Speaker

 

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sir Ronald Algie, died in Auckland yesterday, aged 89.

 

Sir Ronald (then Mr Algie) entered Parliament in 1943 as National MP for Remuera after nearly two decades as professor of law at Auckland University, and soon established himself as one of the leading figures of the Holland and Holyoake administrations.

 

He served as Minister of Education and as Speaker before his retirement in 1966.  Throughout a long parliamentary career, he was noted for his quick wit and his polished debating style.

 

Sir Ronald married twice and was predeceased by both his wives.  He is survived by a son and a daughter.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 24 July 1978, p. 1 col. C.

 

Obituary

 

Former Speaker dies at 89

 

Sir Ronald Algie, who died in Auckland yesterday, was one of the leading figures of the Holyoake and Holland eras in New Zealand politics.

 

He was Member of Parliament for Remuera for 23 years, a minister of the Crown for eight years, and Speaker of the House of Representatives for six.

 

But it is as one of Parliament’s great debaters that he will, perhaps, be best remembered.  He was clever, witty and articulate – in his time and on form, quite unbeatable.

 

He could hold the house in silence when he spoke on subjects that were dear to him, and in his lighter moments the typical Algie posture gave an extra edge to a quick wit – big head held askew on a small body, with the hard, bright glint from thick spectacles adding to the impression of a tiny, amused and highly intelligent bird.

 

A touch of naughtiness to his quips pleased an age that reserved four-letter words for the cowshed.  One Algie interjection forever robbed Miss Mabel Howard, MP for Sydenham, of any chance of being taken seriously on one of her favourite topics – the shoddiness of cotton goods.  A solid woman, who spread amply about her when she sat down, she complained to the house that after one washing a new dress had shrunk three inches around the bottom.  A precisian in speech, the MP for Remuera rose in wide-eyed innocence and asked:  “Does the honourable member mean the hem?”

 

Ronald Macmillan Algie was born in 1888 in Wyndham, Southland, and spent his early schooldays in Arrowtown.  But his father was a civil servant who seemed always to be on the move and by the time young Ronald was 20 he had lived in every province of New Zealand except Westland.

 

He received his secondary education at Thames High School, and from there, where he worked as a pupil-teacher, he went to Auckland University to study law.  As a student, he was considered outstanding among his fellows.  He was appointed a junior lecturer and in 1919 when the chair of law was established at Auckland he became the first professor.  It was a post he held for nearly two decades.  During that time, he helped to school a generation of local legal practitioners.

 

In public life, he was instrumental in 1927 in founding the Auckland Town Planning Association, a privately inaugurated civic ginger group whose role was essentially educative.

 

It was further to influence public opinion that Ronald Algie quit his professorship in 1937 to become director and organiser of the Freedom Association.  This has been described as “a short-lived, anti-socialist, anti-bureaucratic society backed largely by Auckland business interests”.  The association nominated no parliamentary candidates but it supported the National Party at the 1938 elections.

 

Five years later Ronald Algie entered Parliament as the member for the truest of all blue-ribbon seats, Remuera.  It was a seat he clung to for the next 23 years;  when he resigned in 1966 he was as safe in Remuera as any politician could ever hope to be, with a massive 7001 majority in a total poll of 15, 817.

 

In later years, Sir Ronald was to describe himself as “an old Tory by tradition”.  His conservative convictions were to add strength to the Holland cabinet.

 

He had a lucidity and an erudition which, combined with a debating talent gained in his student years, proved formidable in the House of Representatives.

 

He served as Minister of Education from 1949 to 1957 – years which showed he had retained something of the style of the former pupil teacher.  Among other things, he was a supporter of private schools and of more chances for what were then termed the “intellectual elite” among school children.

 

As Minister in Charge of Broadcasting he was not a keen advocate for the introduction of television.

 

In 1961, he became Speaker – refusing, with true Algie stubbornness, to follow tradition and be dragged reluctantly to the chair.  Such play-acting, he felt, was out of touch with modern conditions.

 

He respected Parliament’s traditions and was jealous of its reputation, but he did not regard its institutions as holy and unchangeable.  “Parliament is a valuable, indeed a precious, institution”, he once said.  “Its reputation must ever be kept high in public esteem.  But its methods and practices need modernising from time to time”.

 

For all that, Ronald Algie was a stickler for parliamentary courtesies and procedure.  In 1975, still a daily listener to broadcasts of debates, he commented that in his day members had been more disciplined.  Of his own days as Speaker, he said simply:  “I always tried to be fair”.

 

Sir Ronald retired in 1966, two years after he had been knighted.  A man of many accomplishments, he insisted to the end in retaining one particular item in a rather modest entry in Who’s Who in New Zealand.  The item reads:  “Keen mountaineer (with wife climbed Mt Cook and other peaks:  has made 29 ascents of Ruapehu)”.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 24 July 1978, p. 3.

           

            Life

 

Ronald Macmillan Algie was born in Wyndham, Southland, on 22 October 1888, the son of John Alexander Algie, a postmaster, and his wife, Agnes Macmillan.  Algie was educated at Arrowtown, Thames High School and Balclutha District High School.  After a period as a pupil-teacher, he entered a law office.  He completed an LLB in 1913 and an LLM in 1915 at Auckland University College.  His intellectual capacity and powers of exposition led to an assistant lectureship in law in 1913, followed by his installation in 1920, at the age of 31, as Auckland’s first professor of law.  He married Helen Adair McMaster at Auckland on 14 December 1917;  they had no children.

Algie made a reputation as a brilliant teaching lawyer of conservative inclination and was remembered for his charm and humour as well as the scholarly interest and erudition of his lectures.  He emphasised the value of a general as well as a legal education, and the importance of professional standards and responsibilities.  He was a member of the college’s professorial board and of the Senate of the University of New Zealand.  In debates in the 1930s on academic freedom he supported the conservative cause.  With his wife, he spent much leisure time in mountaineering, and was sufficiently proud of their feats in climbing Mt Ruapehu and Mt Cook to feature this fact in his entry in Who’s who in New Zealand.

In 1937, with the backing of Auckland business interests, Algie resigned his chair to become director of the Auckland Provincial (later New Zealand) Freedom Association, a right-wing organisation strongly opposed to the Labour government.  By 1938 it had effectively become a publicity organisation for the New Zealand National Party.  He successfully contested the blue-ribbon Remuera seat for National in 1943.

Algie made a name as a brilliantly lucid and outstandingly skilful debater of easy erudition and sharp wit.  His speeches were appreciated as much by opponents like Bob Semple, the most destructive debater on the Labour benches, as by his own party, who regularly put him up after key Labour Party speakers.  He dealt simply and to the point with a mass of issues, and could deliver put-downs with a courtesy that disarmed antagonism.  If he felt he had hurt an opponent, he was quick to the apology.  Algie was undoubtedly the most effective parliamentary debater of his time.

Algie’s impact in opposition ensured that he was given a senior post in the first National government after its election in 1949.  He was appointed minister of education in 1949 and in 1951 minister in charge of broadcasting and minister in charge of scientific and industrial research.  His most immediate task, however, was to act with T. O. Bishop, a member of the Legislative Council, as a joint chairman of the select committee charged with finding a viable alternative to the Council;  the government carried out its pledge to abolish this body in 1950.  When Bishop fell ill, Algie became responsible, while carrying a full ministerial load, for the 1952 reports of the Constitutional Reform Committee.  This notable discussion document was largely a product of Algie’s learning, drafting skills and political wisdom.

Algie proved to be an efficient, conscientious and effective minister of education.  Initially, as a result of his attacks in opposition on Labour’s “socialist” education policies, his appointment created professional apprehensions and a wariness between him and his dynamic director, Dr C. E. Beeby.  Algie, however, made regular visits to kindergartens and schools and satisfied himself that, despite changes in teaching, the “three Rs” were well covered.  He soon established an effective working relationship with Beeby and was generous in his praise of the department and its officers.

The educational system Algie inherited faced increasing demands.  On Algie’s recommendation the government endorsed the plans of the Labour administration for massive building programmes and vastly increased teaching quotas to meet the exploding demand for primary school places.  Another critical decision was to continue with plans to provide for multi-purpose secondary schools, ending the earlier division into academic and technical high schools.

Tertiary education was also reformed under Algie.  There were plans for larger universities and more teachers’ colleges.  The University of New Zealand took the first steps towards the autonomy of its constituent colleges while negotiating reciprocal superannuation schemes to facilitate the recruitment of university teachers from other countries.  Another major initiative, in recognition of a future need for engineering and science technicians, was the reconsideration of the types and levels of tertiary courses.  In 1957 Algie authorised planning for the Auckland Technical Institute and the Central Technical College (later the Central Institute of Technology).

Algie was less successful in securing resources for science, which he may have seen as a lesser responsibility than education.  His interest was nevertheless strong, stimulated by working with Ernest Marsden, the original secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, when they served together on the Academic Board of the University of New Zealand.  The DSIR was under severe financial stress, and restrictions in the vote led to debilitating cut-backs in staff.  In the early 1950s Algie strongly backed reform within the DSIR.  This involved high standards of recruitment, merit payment of staff and delegation of responsibility to leaders of research teams, coupled with full accountability for the use of resources.  This approach was unique to the public service and served as a model for subsequent state-service reform.

By the time Algie’s term ended in 1957 the DSIR was building a reputation for excellence in scientific research based on financially sound administration.  The first geothermal power station was established at Wairakei, nuclear science facilities were developed, scientific support for oil and gas exploration was maintained, and the Taranaki iron sands were investigated as a basis for a steel industry.  Algie keenly supported an expansion of New Zealand’s Antarctic research programmes, culminating in the building of Scott Base as the centre for year-round activities.

As minister in charge of broadcasting Algie repudiated the policy of ministerial control of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service, which saw radio as essentially a presenter of government policy.  But the political constraints on broadcasting, coupled with financial pressures, made him hesitate to press ahead with a long-felt need for an independent system of broadcasting news.  For the same reason, he also slowed up the establishment of television.  He did, however, maintain firm support for another allegedly costly broadcasting icon, the National Orchestra.

Algie was an effective senior minister but, perhaps because of his age, his record in cabinet failed to match the level of his performances in the house.  A younger Algie may have been a notable reforming minister comparable to junior colleagues, such as J. R. Hanan, with whom he had an intellectual affinity, and T. P. Shand.  Neither of the governments with which he was associated acted on his proposal for a revived second chamber of Parliament, so Algie was denied the ultimate accolade of constitutional reformer.

In opposition between 1958 and 1960, Algie retained his front-bench ranking and proved a devastating critic of the “faults, follies, and mismanagement of a most unpopular Government”.  On the election of the second National government in 1960 Algie may have hoped for the portfolio of external affairs.  But he was now 72 and, under pressure, he reluctantly accepted the speakership.  (His reluctance was perhaps due to his poor eyesight, which required him to learn Standing Orders by heart).  Nevertheless, Algie, with his finely tuned, wide-ranging constitutional interests and legal experience, fairly maintained he had “a delightful job”.  He held firm views about the courtesies required of parliamentary debate.  He also faced an urgent need for changes to cope with the rapid growth of parliamentary business and longer sessions, and chaired the 1961-62 committee established to reform procedures.  His knowledge of the constitution of other legislatures assisted in improving parliamentary practice and systems.  This was especially true for financial affairs, to be dealt with in a new Public Expenditure Committee.

At his retirement in 1966 Algie was lauded as “an outstanding Speaker”, admired as “the skilled fencer, the man with the sharp rapier…with the touch of the consummate artist”.  He had been knighted in 1964, and received an honorary LLD from his old university in 1967.

Helen Algie had died in 1944, and on 28 May 1947, at Christchurch, Algie married Mary Joan Gray Stewart;  they had a son and a daughter.  Mary Algie died in 1972, and he himself died at Auckland on 23 July 1978, survived by his two children.  In a distinguished professional and public career, Algie, who liked to describe himself as “a Tory in the old tradition”, had given exemplary service based on intellect, learning, wit and authority.

 

Source:  Templeton, Hugh.  “Algie, Ronald Macmillan”, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 22 May 2013.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1911:  13 London Street, St Mary’s Bay, Auckland (teacher)

1914, 1919:  “Frogmore”, Symonds Street, Auckland (law clerk)

1922, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1938:  75 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (law professor)

1941, 1946, 1949, 1954:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (law professor)

1957, 1960, 1963, 1966:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (member of parliament)

1969, 1972, 1975:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (retired)

1978:  29 Charles Dickens Drive, Mellons Bay, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1923, 1926, 1930, 1933, 1936, 1938:  75 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (university professor)

1940, 1946, 1947, 1950-51:  261 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland (professor)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

            Children (with Mary Joan Gray Stewart):

 

                        (1)  RONALD STEWART MACMILLAN ALGIE

                                    Born about 1948, died 18 December 2016 at Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 

                        (2)  CATHERINE MARY AGNES ALGIE


       

            (3)  DORIC LAIRD ALGIE

 

            Born 21 July 1892 at Kaitangata, Otago.

            Teacher, university lecturer.

 

Married on 7 January 1925 EDITH MURIEL VINCENT (1891-27 May 1963).

 

Died 21 August 1948 at Auckland.

No children.

 

Obituary

 

Blind scholar’s death

 

Mr Doric L. Algie, an almost blind scholar who until about five years ago was a lecturer in classics at Auckland University College, died on Saturday at the age of 56 years.  Mr Algie, who is survived by his wife, was a brother of Mr R. M. Algie, M.P. for Remuera, and was the youngest son of the late Captain and Mrs J. A. Algie.  He lived at 2 Maunsell Road, Parnell.

 

A teacher at the Institute for the Blind School, Mr Algie was recently selected as the next headmaster of the school.  The appointment was to have taken effect from the beginning of 1949.

 

With the aid of a phenomenal memory, Mr Algie surmounted great physical difficulties to win academic honours.  He had to absorb the contents of text books read aloud to him or begin his studies by having his books translated into Braille.  Mr Algie attended King’s College for a year.  In that year he studied for and obtained his matriculation at the age of 16.  He took first place in New Zealand for Latin in the university entrance examination and was top in English, history and Latin on various occasions at the university, where he was awarded the Early English Text Society’s Prize in 1914.  When Mr Algie was studying for his B.A. degree, three large books were read to him once each.  He gained the highest marks in New Zealand for history in the examination.  Mr Algie graduated M.A. with honours in 1915.

 

Mr Algie was a part-time and full-time lecturer in classics at the University for 11 years.  Starting in 1915, he was a private tutor for more than 30 years.  He personally coached hundreds of students, many of whom corresponded with him for years after they had graduated.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 23 August 1848, p. 8 col. F.

 

            Residence in New Zealand

 

            1914:  Jubilee Institute of the Blind, Manukau Road, Parnell, Auckland (student)

1919:  Tawera Road, Greenlane, Auckland (tutor)

1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1941:  35 Tawera Road, Greenlane, Auckland (assistant master)

1943, 1946:  2 Maunsell Road, Parnell, Auckland (master)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

1926, 1930, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942:  35 Tawera Street, One Tree Hill, Auckland (teacher)

 

Source:  New Zealand City and Area Directories, 1866-1954.

 

 

 

Updated 9 January 2017

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John Alexander Algie, 1857-1948

Algie's Castle (Merksworth Castle)
Algie's Castle (Merksworth Castle)

Colvin Stewart Algie, 1887-1916
Colvin Stewart Algie, 1887-1916

Ronald Macmillan Algie, 1888-1978
Ronald Macmillan Algie, 1888-1978

Donald Colvin Algie, 1915-1990
Donald Colvin Algie, 1915-1990

Cecil Mary Algie (nee Upton) & Donald Colvin Algie
Cecil Mary Algie (nee Upton) and Donald Colvin Algie

Thomas Frank Bayliss & Elizabeth Margaret Bayliss
Thomas Frank Bayliss and Elizabeth Margaret Bayliss (nee Algie)

Adrian Cassaidy & Mary Florence Cassaidy
Adrian Cassaidy and Mary Florence Cassaidy (nee Algie)

Matthew Colvin Algie and Wendy Algie (nee Thow)
Matthew Colvin Algie and Wendy Algie (nee Thow) with minister Lesley Hyde