Nelson, Marlborough and Westland


McRAE, Dr. George

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THE HON. THOMAS RENWICK, M. D., sometime a Member of the Legislative Council, was one of Nelson's earliest colonists. He came to New Zealand in 1842, in the ship `Thomas Harrison,' which brought out under his charge, as medical officer, the wives and families of the first pioneers, who had previously arrived in the Colony, and had begun the work of forming the Nelson settlement. Dr. Renwick was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the second son of Mr. Herbert Renwick, of the Parks of Duymgree. He graduated in the Edinburgh University, and after practising for a short time in Kent, and going a voyage to India as surgeon of a large passenger ship, he sailed for Nelson, where he quickly became a most popular doctor and good citizen. He was one of the first members of the Provincial Council of New Zealand, and was called to the Legislative Council in 1863. In 1848 the estate of "Dumgree," in Marlborough, was taken up for Dr. Renwick by Mr. George McRae, and the property is still in the possession of the family. Dr. Renwick died on the 28th of November, 1879, at his residence "Newstead," Nelson.

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