Also Known As
- Isabella Anderson (♀)
Isabella, her husband, John, and father-in-law, James Anderson ♂, moved to Port Chalmers, New Zealand from Nelson, New Zealand in December 1844, along with Isabella's sister, Janet, and brother-in-law, Alexander McKay ♂. The McKays decided to settle at Kotupai, now Port Chalmers but the Andersons instead spent some time exploring the harbour and in 1845 decided to pitch their tent in a pretty little inlet now known after them as Andersons Bay.
At that time, Anderson's Bay was a strip of clear land, running between the bay and ocean, with plenty of good bush nearby. Here they hoped to run a few sheep and perhaps cattle but initially their time was almost wholly taken up with gardening, fishing and boating. They built a hut of rushes and rough timber on the foreshore. For food they had plenty of wild pork, supplemented with potatoes and other home grown vegetables and eked out half a ton of flour they'd brought with them from Nelson. There was also an abundance of quail which Isabella, who soon learnt to shoulder a gun, quickly brought to earth in a sportsmanlike fashion.
On their boating trips they frequently visited the future Dunedin, then covered with scrub and of uninviting appearance but teeming with wild pigs and quail and home to their only friends, two runaway sailors who lived in a little hut by the side of Kaituna creek.
When the surveyors eventually arrived, in February 1946, John got immediate employment with them and built a small house, where Isabella gave birth to their second son, John; the first child of European settlers to be born in Dunedin.
- Andersons Bay, New Zealand
- Black Gully, Brooksdale Station, Otago, New Zealand
- Cumbrae, Scotland
- Dalvey Station, Otago, New Zealand
- Dunedin, New Zealand
- East Taieri, New Zealand
- English Church, Nelson, New Zealand
- Kelvin Grove, Kaihiku, New Zealand
- Nelson, New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Port Chalmers, New Zealand
- Scotland, United Kingdom
- Event (death): Date and location (Kelvin Grove)
- Notes: Move from Nelson to Otago. Establishment of Anderson's Bay. Familial relationship between Isabella and Janet Allan (sisters). Subsistence and occupations. Employment by survey team. Birth of second son.Extract
- Notes: Emigration from the UK to NZ; profession in 1842.
- Notes: Date of arrival in Port Chalmers. Departure from Nelson.Extract
- Notes: Naming of Andersons Bay.
- Event (marriage): Date and location (English Church, Nelson).Extract