James Strange Meiklejohn

At the helm

James Strange Meiklejohn established a successful shipyard at Omaha.

Captain James Strange Mucklejohn (changed to Meiklejohn, once in New Zealand), his wife Catherine and sons James, John, Sandy, William, Robert, Lemuel, and Septimus, arrived in New Zealand in 1858. They came aboard the brigantine Union, which they built at Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and sailed the world for two years before settling in New Zealand in 1858.

The Meiklejohns established a busy shipyard at Big Omaha (near Matakana), and built the first sailing scows that had a great influence on coastal shipping around the North Island.

Captain Meiklejohn is buried in the Presbyterian section at the Symonds Street Cemetery, while many of his descendants are laid to rest at Matakana and Whangateau cemeteries.

  • <p>The Meiklejohn familiy establised two shipyards and a timber mill at the Whangateau Harbour.</p>
  • <p>The lower Meiklejohn shipyard was located just to the left of where the Big Omaha Wharf stands now. This photo shows the <em>Jane Gifford</em> tied up at the wharf in c1922. T.H. (Jack) Walden photo. Ina Shaw collection.</p>
  • <p>The Darroch yard, also at Whangateau. The Meiklejohn and Darroch families were responsible for the building of most of the scows that plied the Hauraki Gulf from the 1880s onwards. Photo shows the scows <em>Scot</em>, <em>Daphne</em> and <em>Jane Gifford</em>, 1908. Clifford Hawkins collection.</p>
  • <p>Showing the schooner rigged scow "Bee' built in 1891 at Omaha by John Meiklejohn, in the Rangitoto channel) on the Waitemata Harbour, date unknown. <em>James Richardson, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-5514.</em></p>

Aerial photo location

Where is the grave?

The grave is located tight up against the western boundary of the Presbyterian section, between the walkway across the cemetery to Upper Queen Street and the Jewish section. Site 19 in the Rose Walk Trail Guide.