more on Donald's family..
Goulburn Evening Penny Post Sat 16 March 1895 - death of 1st wife
(From Our Correspondent.)
SAD DEATH.--I regret to have to record the death of Mrs. D. Mackenzie, of Narramine, to eldest daughter of Mr. Hugh White of this town. The deceased was only 21 years of age at the time of her death, and had been only about two years married. She leaves a child a few months old. Mrs. Mackenzie had been in failing health for some time, and came to Taralga, to see if the change would benefit her, but although she received every care and attention, her medical attendant, Dr. Brown, from the first held out no hopes of her recovery, the cause of death being consumption. Much sympathy is expressed for the husband of the deceased and her friends in their trouble, and on Saturday the funeral was very largely attended, the remains being interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery at Stone Quarry, the Rev. Mr. Inglis reading the burial service of the Church.
Death of a brother of Donald’s – Goulburn Evening Penny – Thu 9 July 1931
MR: GEORGE McKENZIE News was received in Taralga yesterday.of the death of Mr. George Mc Kenzie,son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie, of Marmont's Flat, Taralga. He died somewhat suddenly at Dubbo. He was 63 years of age and carried on farming and gracing pursuits in the Dubbo district. He leaves a widow. and eight children. There are six brothers, Donald and Angus, of Fiji, Archie and Hugh. of Taralga, and John and Charles, of Narromine. Mrs. M Shaw, of Manly, and Mrs. Cassera, of Crowe Nest, North Sydney, are sisters.
Death of Donald’s Mother Rebecca nee Rook – same paper – Fri 10 Oct 1930
: DAILY and EVENING
LATE MRS. McKENZIE - The late Mrs. McKenzle, of Marmont's Flat, whose death was reported briefly on Tuesday last, was an old and respected resident of Taralga, having lived there for 80 years. Her maiden name was Rebecca Rook, and she was born in England. but at the age of seven came to Australia with her parents. After a short residence at Camden the family went to Taralga.Her husband the late John McKenzie, of Marmont Flat, died 12 years ago and since his death Mrs. McKenzie. had resided with her son, Hugh, near her old home. There are eight sons, all surviving: Messrs. A. McKenzie (Branxton). Donald (Sydney), George (Narrabri), Archie (Taralga); Angus, ('Fiji), John (Narromine), Charles (Molong) and Hugh (Taralga). There are two daughters, Mesdames, Cassaro (Sydney) and Shaw(Manly). Typical of the pioneers, Mrs. McKenzie was a woman of very fine character, kindly and generous in disposition and upright and honourable in her dealings.
7415/1904 CASSERA MARTIN to MCKENZIE ANNE J - ST LEONARDS
2505/1905 SHAW CHARLES H to MCKENZIE MARY E - TARALGA
Marriage of Donald & Mary nee White's daughter Sylvia Alice Mckenzie b 1894 married 20 Sept 1911
At St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening a marriage was solemnised between
Mr. Henry Bensley, son of Mr. R. B. Bensley, and Miss Sylvia Alice McKenzie, daughter of Mr. Donald McKenzie, of Fiji. The Rev. A. H. Tolhurst officiated. The bridesmaids were Miss E. M. Bensley and Miss Pearl McKenzie. The honeymoon will be spent in Sydney.
and death of his daughter Sylvia - 4 April 1917
(From our Correspondeqt.) Death.-Mrs: H. Bensley of Richlands, who had been in failing health for some time, died rather suddenly last Wednesday at the early ago of 22 years, leaving three little children. Mrs. Bensley had been under treatment in Goulburn and Sydney for a long time, and lately showed, signs of an improvement in health, being up and knocking about the day before she died. The deceased. was a daughter of Mr. Donald McKlenzie, formerly of Burra Lake, but now of Fiji, and a granddaughter Mr. Hugh White, of Taralga, and Mr. and Mrs. John McKenzie of Burra Lake. The funeral took place on Thursday, the remains being interred in the Presbyterian cemetery at Stone-quarry. The Rev. W. Finley Brown conducted the service There was a large attendance, and sympathy will be felt on all sides for the bereaved family and relatives in their sad loss.
Looks like Donald was in Fiji for a fair while before coming back in 1931.