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Choose your family of interest from the menu to the right or use the Freefind site search above. There is no connection between these two families genealogically.
Contact details for further information are available on each family page.

  The BELL family has links to Australia, England and the Channel Islands. A person of interest is Sgt Major Norris Bell (PDF) who was brought out from England, having fought under the Duke of Wellington, to train the artillery corps in Wellington. Both this and the NUTTALL families have an association with the NZ Fire Service.

Capt Frank Nuttall, MC DFC AFC, a New Zealander and a member of the RFC, a precursor to the RAF was killed in action in (then) Persia in 1920 and is buried in the British Embassy Cemetery in Tehran. Most members of these families settled, although not exclusively, in the Canterbury and Wellington areas.

 The PARROTT family has links to Australia, England and possibly USA. At last count some 14 convicts (PDF) of this family were transported to Sydney. One convict of note is William Parrott who was a stonemason brought to New Zealand from Sydney around 1830 to build the Stone Store at Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, now a heritage building, although as of yet he is not quite in the family. Sgt Major Mark Pickett, although born in Australia, fought in the New Zealand Contingents of the Boer (South African) War from 1901. He was mentioned in despatches and there are quite a few references if you search him on Papers Past - a site which digitises past New Zealand newspapers. His brother Hugh Pickett is of some fame as well but for different reasons! But he also served in the 1914-18 War with the Tunnellers.

The FITZPATRICK side of the family came mainly from County Tyrone, Ireland to New Zealand (Canterbury) during the 1860's and 1870's and settled in the Balcairn (North Canterbury) and Banks Peninsula area, some finally migrating to Taihape and the Wellington/Palmerston North area. 

The McKEOWEN (McKeown/McKeon - among other spellings) connection although real is still somewhat tenuous at this stage as it has been impossible to find the patriarch's origins in Ireland. At this date he is thought to have come from King's County (now Offaly). This family's New Zealand roots are mainly in the Wellington region.





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