Castle Grace, Katikati (side view) (1900)

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Castle Grace, Katikati (side view) (1900).


Born at Castle Grace in County Tipperary, Ireland in 1826, Fitzgibbon Louch named the land allocation he received at Katikati in 1875 after his birth place. The land was situated between Kauri Point Road and the Tauranga Harbour. Fitzgibbon was an architect and civil engineer. He built a large house on the land that overlooked the harbour at Kauri Point. The house included a lofty tower from which could be see the Matakana Island sandhills and vessels coming up the harbour towards Katikati. The property had it's own deep wharf in the channel. Access to the house was via the sea and then a steep bank. Work in the new settlement soon dried up for Fitzgibbon so in 1877 he and his family moved to Tauranga. Castle Grace was purchased in 1882 by Donald and Maria Macmillan who had come to New Zealand as part of George Vesey Stewart's Te Puke Settlement. Having found the land there too far from the sea the Macmillan family moved to Tauranga and then to Castle Grace in Katikati. This photograph of Castle Grace was taken by Emily Surtees in 1900 when owned by the Macmillan family.

Emily Surtees Photographic Collection. Photographer: Emily Surtees (nee Stewart) (eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart). Courtesy of Elizabeth Smith and Ellen McCormack. Text by Debbie McCauley. Tauranga City Libraries Image Number: 16-298 (Ref: Page 37, 004).

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Castle Grace, Katikati (side view) (1900)

First Names:Donald Theodore
Last Name:Macmillan
Date of Birth:1853
Place of Birth:Scotland
City:Katikati, New Zealand
Location where this photo was taken:

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -37.5180257,175.94612189999998

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