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Roderick McGregor / photographer unknown
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Roderick McGregor / photographer unknown
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Roderick McGregor (also spelled Macgregor) was a Shoalhaven schoolmaster. He was born around 1842 in the parish of Gairloch, Ross Shire, on the north-west coast of Scotland and left home at the age of 18, arriving in Sydney as an assisted immigrant on the Lady McDonald in 1860. He settled in the Shoalhaven district on the south coast of New South Wales where there was a well -established community of Scottish Presbyterians centred on Alexander Berry's Coolangatta estate, near the township of Berry. The township was originally established as a private town named Broughton Creek and Roderick Macgregor became the teacher at Broughton Creek Public School in 1864. Ten years later he was appointed to Cambewarra Public School where he was Head Teacher until his retirement in 1886. He had married Mary Susan Thorburn at Jaspers Mount, Shoalhaven, in 1868 and together Roderick and Mary Susan had a family of 8 children. They lived on a farm called Torrisdale in the foothills of Cambewarra Mountain, a location well-suited for Roderick to follow his personal interest in astronomical observation.
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