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.