Making Waves,
Captain Jock McGregor, Wanganui Pioneer


 Making Waves, Captain Jock McGregor Shipmaster, Wanganui Pioneer

Second edition, (2010) social history of Whanganui's first permanent settler, his marriage to Hinekawa daughter of Chief Tutepourangi, his trading, boatbuilding and publican enterprises of 1840 in Whanganui, his headstrong family sagas and his enormous contribution to the establishment of both Whanganui, and, through the life of his son, Teone, to the social fabric of modern NZ. 

With novelised history sections which enhance the readability of this account of one of the country's most adventurous and unconventional pioneers. Soft cover, 270 pages, fully indexed, eight coloured pages.

The book includes an essential, accessible account of the settlement of Whanganui through the lens of the man who captained the NZ Co cargo over the Whanganui bar, the first ever keeled vessel to attempt it, and who signed as Witness to the 1839 Deed of Sale of Wanganui ... despite being elsewhere at the time...  

 Whanganui's first settler, an extraordinary Scottish sailor from Cherrybank Perth who came to New Zealand in 1834 as a whaler. He settled in Stewart Island for about four years then migrated north with Hinekawa, daughter of Chief Tutepourangi; Hinekawa died when their son Teone McGregor was born. In 1840 he settled on the river bank by the Purua Stream by Shakespeare's Cliff where, invited to stay and trade, he established a trading store and began supplying Wellington with pigs and potatoes. 

At Aramoho he completed a small shipbuilding enterprise. He also built the first hotel in Whanganui, the Rob Roy Hotel near the Purua Stream later in 1840. He was balloted three 105 acre sections in the inaugural 1841 allocation and he called this "Cherry Bank" after his home village near Perth. He later bought five adjacent blocks creating a farm of about 900 acres. The McGregor family remained involved with Cherry Bank for over a hundred years until in 1945 it was split up into three farms for the Soldiers' Rehabilitation scheme.

My parents were balloted the homestead block which forms part of Jock and Isabella McGregors' first three sections, so I have had many years there as both child and since 1993, with my husband Michael Smyth, as owners.