Topic: Alice Maryann Macmillan (nee Theobald) (1904-1980)
Alice Macmillan farmed in Beach Road, Katikati, for fifty-two years. She was the mother of Katikati Historian Ellen McCormack.
Alice Maryann Theobald was born in Pukeokahu, Taihape on 14 May 1904. Her parents were Percy and Selina Theobald (nee Robinson) of Manawahe.
On 26 July 1922 Alice married John Donald Macmillan in Rotorua. They had five children together:
- Jean Marie Macmillan (1923- ). Born in Tauranga in 1923. She married Ashton David Leech, and later married Lester Stanley Minifie.
- Robert John Cumming Macmillan (1926- ). Born in Katikati on 20 October 1926. He married Patricia Violet Collins.
- George Edward Macmillan (1929- ). Born in Katikati in 1929. He married Doreen Valerie Brew in 1952. He later married Kamini Naidu in Fiji.
- Ellen May Eva Macmillan (1935- ). Born in Tauranga in 1935. She married Clarence Wayne McCormack (1926-2008) at St Peter's Anglican Church, Katikati on 18 April 1953.
- Nancy Alice Macmillan (1947- ). Born in Katikati in 1947. She married Richard Lionel Stanbra.
The couple and their oldest child Jean moved to Katikati in 1924 when John was able to take over the lease on his parents 123 acre farm at the end of Beach Road. The Beach Road property had been farmed by John's parents from 1906, but had to be leased out when his father died in 1912. He and Alice would remain at the farm on Beach Road for over fifty years from 1924 to 1976.
In 1976 John and Alice retired and moved to 17th Avenue in Tauranga.
John died in Tauranga on 3 November 1977. He was buried in Katikati Cemetery. Alice died on 5 March 1980 and was also buried in Katikati Cemetery. The Korero of Katikati recorded in April 1980:
Childhood memories are strange, some fragments of the past remain forever and a remark can still be remembers... “Pretty Mrs Donald Macmillan.” She was too, and her attractiveness mirrored an equally pleasing personality. Born Alice Theobald, she knew the meaning of hard work and throughout the years helped her husband with the farm on Beach Road and also the first large poultry farm to be in Katikati. Yet she also found time to help with charities and the Plunket Society and the Crippled Children’s Association were two of her main interests. Throughout all the years she remained the same - gracious, charming and always ready to help. Her husband suffered ill health for years and she nursed him devotedly until he passed away. For the last few years she lived in Tauranga and she enjoyed the change, especially when she could see so much of her family.