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From: "Barry Carlson" <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] MASSEY - off topic
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 09:00:53 +1300
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Following Mike Morris's and Katie's comments on the Massey name and origins,
it is possibly worth noting that a John Ferguson MASSEY was Prime Minister
of New Zealand in the early 20th century. He and his family hailed from
Ireland. Seems there may be a connection with the Canadian family.
http://www.primeminister.govt.nz/oldpms/1912-15massey.html gives a few
details of his life.
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From: "kiigma" <>
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHS] MASSEY
> Mike Morris wrote:
>>Have you considered the Massey name might also make a connection to the
>>Massey Ferguson or Harris tractor company in Canada whose sons were famous
>>One was Raymond Massey the actor another was a politician. I thought they
>>had a connection to England in their past.
> Sorry, just picking up on this thread now ....
> The family was in Canada from at least 1823 (birth of Hart Almerin
> Massey). I don't know where they hailed from before that time. The Massey
> empire was established as a small foundry and machine shop in Newcastle,
> Canada West (now Ontario) by Hart's father, Daniel Massey, in 1849. In
> 1879 the Massey Manufacturing Company moved to Toronto.
> There is a large Massey family mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in
> Toronto built by Hart A. Massey, for the interment of his sons - likewise
> the infamous Massey Hall.
> The grandsons of Hart, through his son Chester, were Vincent and Raymond
> Massey. Vincent was our first Canadian-born Governor General (1952-59).
> He served as president of the Massey-Harris Company from 1921 to 1925.
> His brother, Raymond Massey was an actor. For those who remember "Dr.
> Kildare", Raymond played the part of Dr. Gillespie.
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