to this Family History site
This site was created by a descendent of one branch of the family.
This site reflects a life-time's interest in family history,
and a wish to record what has been learnt in that time.
It does not claim to be exhaustive or complete. It does not even
claim a monopoly on historical or other accuracy. And if you detect
a bias towards one particular branch of the family (or line of
descent) I can only say that it reflects my interest, parentage,
and sources of information.
Much of the information used was originally compiled by Hugh
and Irish Thompson, and published as a Family History in 1987.
To them my thanks, and acknowledgement of the considerable debt
owed to their endeavours on our behalf.
If you spot inaccuracies inconsistencies, or omissions, PLEASE
let me know,
so together we can correct them, and thereby improve the value
of the site as an historical record.
Finally, please understand that this is a "work in progress"
and, as such, remains incomplete.
The arrival in Otago Harbour of the Philip Laing,
the first immigrant ship. Amongst the passengers was the future
wife of Garret Hopper Clearwater - Anne Stevenson