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The wide-spread feeling of regret which prevailed daring the past few days, when the news of the dangerous illnoss of the Rev. John Macky, was known to his numerous friends in Auckland, will become intensified now that the tidings of his death, last night about five o'clock, is published. Mr. Macky has been suffering greatly for the past few months from a painful trouble, and his state became critical three or four days ago, so that his relatives were somewhat prepared for the end. In his last illness Mr. Macky was attended by Dr. Elmslie, of Otahuhu, while his daughter, Mrs. Steele, and her husband, and Mr. J. J. Micky, and Mrs. S. C. Macky tenderly, nursed him, all four being present when he breathed his last, after having been in a state of coma for about seventeen hours.

The Rev. John Mucky was born at Londonderry on September 7,1820, and studied for the Presbyterian Ministry at Glasgow University. He obtained his M. A. degree at the early age of ISi years, and was ordained by the Deny Presbytery to the congregation of Faban in 1842. He was called by the mission directors of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland to the colonial mission in New Zealand in December, 1853, and arrived here in the ship Cashmere in August 20, ISS-L accompanied by his father, mother, wife, and sister, and amongst their fellow-passengers were Mrs. Alexander and her two sons, one of whom—then a boy—is now the well-known solicitor, Mr. J. M. Alexander. Mrs. Alexander was a sister-in-law of the Rev. J. Macky. When the Rev. Mr. Macky arrived in Auckland, the Presbyterian Church was a very small one, the only congregation being that of St. Andrew's, of which the Rev. 1). Bruce, who had arrived in Auckland a short time before Mr. Macky, was pastor. The first thing the Rev. Mr. Macky did was to establish a church at Otahuhu, and he commenced holding services at Mr Baird's store at Otahuhu Wharf. Subsequently, as the requirements of the place increased, Mr. Thomas Baird gave as a gift the site at Otara on which the church and school now stands, and subsequently this handsome gift was after Mr. T. Baird's death supplemented by another gift from Mr. S. C. Baird of a site for a manse and cemetery, Mr. Macky had then no manse, but he bad a fine dwelling and farm at Papatoetoe. where he continued to reside for about 20 years until the manse was erected, and he moved into it with his family in 157"2. During his long life in the Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, and surrounding district Mr. Macky led a very active life, discharging in a most faithful manner the duties of a minister of God, visitinjr and encouraging the sick and poor, and offering to all the splendid example of a blameless life. In his latter years he became almost blind, and retired from the active duties of his ministry, though lie still held the position of Pastor Emeritus of the Otara Church, his son-in-law, the Rev. Mr. Steele, being associated with him in the charge.

The Rev. Mr. Macky's family was remarkable for longevity. His father, who accompanied him to Auckland, was about7o years of age when he left Ireland, and lived here for lb' years, dying at the ripe old age of 86, and his mother at the time of her death was about 85 years of age. Both are buried in the Otara Cemetery. Of their family, Mr. James Macky, the eldest brother, and the pioneer of the family in New Zealand, is in business on 'Change. Mr. Thomas Macky is a well-known Auckland citizen, and Mr. William Macky, a farmer at VV'aikato. The Rev. John Macky, the respected minister who is the subject of this notice, being the remaining brother. The only sister is Mrs Robert Hall, she being the youngest of the family. The Rev. Mr. Macky's wife who was a sister of the late Mr. S. Cochrane, has been dead for some years, after rearing a family of three sons and three daughters, all of whom are living. One daughter is married to Mr. Shillington, surveyor, formerly of Auckland, but now stationed near Portadown, in the North of,lreland. Another is married to the Rev. Mr. Steele, who for some time past has been assistant pastor in the Otahuhu charge, and the youngest daughter is Mrs. Overton, of Canterbury. The sons are Mr. Samuel C. Macky, Mr. John Macky, employed in the Hoard of Education oflice, and Mr. Joseph James Macky, who resides at Ponsonby. The funeral of the Rev. Mr. Macky is to take place at Otahuhu on Monday afsernoon at 3.30.

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DEATH OF REV. JOHN MACKY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8472, 24 January 1891

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DEATH OF REV. JOHN MACKY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 8472, 24 January 1891