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#AtoZChallenge: Z: Alexina (Zena) Jessie Scott and John MacGregor

April 30, 2022

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2022 is Family Stories. I have done this theme before, but this time, I’m choosing people who are more distantly related.

Alexina (Zena) Jessie Scott

Alexina Jessie Scott, known as Zena, was the wife of John McGREGOR, my third cousin, twice removed. She was born on 28 September 1881, at Launceston to parents, David SCOTT and Margaret McLACHLAN

John McGregor

Jack returned to Victoria to take over management of the family property Dalmore in mid 1901,

Zena’s husband John, known as Jack, was the son of successful grazier Duncan Scott MacGregor and Margaret MacRae. In his younger years Jack worked in Queensland as a jackaroo, to gain farm experience with cattle and sheep. The many letters between the family and Jack give a record of their lives in these years. There are discussions about chores that need to be done on the farm, the drought, and many references to social times. In one of the letters, his mother wrote that Miss Alexina SCOTT, from Tasmania was staying with the family in Coburg. Jack was teased by his sisters about his liking of Alexina. They described her as being very nice and very pretty. For some reason, the McGregor family called her Alice, though she was widely known as Zena.

From: Leader, Melbourne, Saturday 14 September 1907

… At the sales which took place in the show grounds there was spirited bidding, and
high records were made for several of the prize winner’s exhibited from the Dalmore herd, owned by Mr. John MacGregor, of Pakenham. This breeder won the championship of the Brisbane show last year with a typical specimen and at the recent fixture carried off the reserve championship and other laurels. The pure Booth herd of Shorthorns owned by Mr. John MacGregor, of Dalmore, Pakenham, was founded in 1869 by Mr. D. MacGregor, a consistent believer in the Booth tribe of Shorthorns. In founding the herd Mr. MacGregor carefully selected a large number of typical females of the purest blood, and possessing the flesh and robustness of constitution so necessary in stud animals. From the inception these characteristics
have been prime features in the development of the herd, and ever since the formation of the stud nothing has diverted the breeder from his belief in “line breeding.” His practical and sound judgment, after an experience of over 30 years, has been proved with remarkable precision, and is being reflected through the influence of sires bred on the lines adopted by the founder of this stud. The Booth
cattle were always unquestionably of exceptional merit, and distinguished for type and substance. They possessed great character, heavy flesh carrying capacity,, remarkable conformation and robust constitutions. The broad back, wide breasts,
oblique shoulders and singular uniformity of the Booth tribe were always characteristic features, and they displayed remarkable prepotency when crossed with cattle of pure blood, mixed or miscellaneous breeding … “

After leaving Dalmore Jack had a farm at Baringhup where he successfully bred
Leicester sheep:

From: Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), Saturday 27 September 1941

A fine quality English Leicester ram changed hands last month when Dalmore No. 5 of 40 left Messrs. J MacGregor and Sons’ Dalmore Stud, Baringhup, Victoria for that
of Mr. G B Chapman, Spring Hill, New South Wales” [Sydney Morning Herald
(NSW: 1842 – 1954), Saturday 27 September 1941]


“On the 12th December, 1911, at St. Andrew’s Church, Launceston, by the Rev. W. T.
Holt, M.A., John, elder son of Duncan MacGregor, Kew, to Alexina Jessie (Zena),
youngest daughter of Mrs. D. Scott, Launceston, Tasmania, and the late David Scott.”
[Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848 – 1957), Wednesday 7 February 1912]


Zena and Jack had two children:

Margaret McGREGOR

Death of Jack

Zena’s husband John McGREGOR died in 1942 at Baringhup, Victoria.

From: The Argus, Melbourne, Vic: 1848-1957), Monday 16 March, 1942

On March 14, at his residence Dalmore Baringhup, John, beloved husband of
Zena and beloved father of Margaret and Duncan”

From: The Argus, Melbourne, Vic: 1848-1957, Friday 10 July 1942, page 2

AFTER the expiration of 14 clear days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria in it’s Probate jurisdiction, that PROBATE of the WILL, dated 30th September, 1941, of JOHN MacGREGOR, late of Baringhup, in the said State, grazier, deceased, may be granted to Alexina Jessie MacGregor, widow. Duncan Scott MacGregor. grazier and Margaret Jessie MacGregor, spinster, all of Baringhup, in the said State, the exécutrices and executor appointed by the said will.
Dated the 9th day of July 1942
HENDERSON AND HALL, SOLICITORS, 430 Little Collins Street Melbourne.

Death Of Zena

Zena died in 1960, at Maryborough aged 79.

Birth: Launceston, Tasmania, Libraries Tasmania RGD33/1/59 NO 4160
“Family Notices” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 7 February 1912: 9. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
Advertising” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 10 July 1942: 2. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
“LIVE STOCK.” Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 – 1918, 1935) 14 September 1907: 7. Web. 31 Jan 2022 <;.
Family Notices (1942, March 16). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 2. Retrieved January 31, 2022, from
Law Notices (1942, July 10). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 2. Retrieved January 31, 2022, from
The Enterprising Mr. MacGregor: Stockbreer & Pioneer Pastoralist by Fay Woodhouse

The Official images for the A to Z Challenge in 2022 are in memory of the late Jeremy Hawkins, the official badge designer since the the first challenge.

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One Comment
  1. Zena is a pretty name.

    Congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge for a nother year.

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