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Studio portrait of Roderick McGregor taken around 1905, wearing Scottish costume / Eden Studios
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Studio portrait of Roderick McGregor taken around 1905, wearing Scottish costume / Eden Studios
1 photoprint : b & w ; 19.5 x 13.8 cm [image]
Mounted photograph: Studio name and format details printed below image: Photo / Eden / Studios. Melbourne / and / Sydney. Paris Panel / Superior Finish.
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.
The photograph was taken when Roderick made his last visit to the annual Highland Gathering held at the Sydney Cricket Ground, possibly the 37th gathering held 2 January 1905.
Estate of June Wallace (1917-2010)
Exhibited in:
Objects speak, about people, possessions and places: an exhibition of key objects from the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales collection, 25 August 1989 -28 January 1990, Elizabeth Bay House.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; June Wallace papers: JMW/28
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