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C.2
Joseph Cochrane MACKY
b. 6 Mar 1855 d. 7 May 1915
(1) 25 Sep 1878
Isabella Campbell KENNEDY
d. 7 Aug 1887

(2) 11 Oct 1888
Mary BIRRELL
b. 25 Sep 1858 d. 7 May 1915

C.2.a
Thomas Hugh MACKY
b. 18 Feb 1881 d. 9 Oct 1965
= 2 Apr 1907
Josephine TYE
C.2.b
Archibald Cameron MACKY
b. 8 Jun 1883 d. 14 Jul 1884
C.2.e
Stewart MACKY
b. 30 Jan 1890 d. Jun 1946
= 1916
Annie HAWKINS
C.2.f
Frank MACKY
b. 19 Dec 1891 d. 29 Dec 1975
= 2 Mar 1916
Barbara Allan (Bobbie) TAYLOR
C.2.c
Isabella Wilson MACKY
b. 12 Jan 1885 d. 16 Apr 1981
= 30 Jan 1906
William JELLIE
C.2.d
John MACKY
b. 25 Jul 1887 d. Aug 1977
= 5 Dec 1923
Mary Alma GUY
C.2.g
Dorothy Mary MACKY
b. 16 Sep 1894 d. 6 Nov 1990
= 25 Sep 1919
Geoffrey Jasper Sinclair FISHER
C.2.h
Joseph Cecil Douglas MACKY
b. 11 Oct 1899 d. 5 Jan 1970
(1) 15 Jul 1922 div.
Esther MITCHELL née ABRAMOVITZ
(2) 24 Mar 1959
Joan Helen (Chappie) HAY-CHAPMAN
Joseph Cochrane Macky
Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150513-46-3
"Joseph Macky (1855 - 1915), 60, was a British subject from Devonport, New Zealand (a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand) traveling second cabin aboard Lusitania with his wife, Mary. Both Joseph and Mary were lost in the Lusitania sinking. Mary is reported to have given up her seat in a lifeboat to a younger woman and went down with the ship with her husband. Joseph Macky was the descendant of Thomas Macky (died 1896 in Devonport), who set up a trust for the Unitarian church there. He was also of the same family of Dr. Dill Macky, who was known in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and had passed before the Lusitania sinking. Joseph was born in 1855 and educated on the North Shore of Auckland. He founded the firm Macky, Logan, Steen and Company (later Macky, Logan, Caldwell, Limited) and married Mary Birrell of Victoria, Australia. Macky became Mayor of Devonport in 1896 and retired near the end of his fourth term in 1900. Macky also held a seat on the Auckland Harbour Board as the Devonport Borough representative. Macky was also known as a prominent Auckland yachtsman. Joseph and Mary last visited Australia in 1914. Mary wrote to a friend in Sydney just before sailing from Auckland, saying that she and Joseph were going to England, via New York, with their son Jack, who wished to enlist with an English regiment. Their son is not listed on the passenger manifest. Joseph Macky and his wife Mary were lost in the Lusitania sinking on 7 May 1915. According to the Ashburton Guardian of 24 August 1915, Page 3, Joseph and Mary Macky are said to have met their ends with calm heroism. When a seat in a lifeboat was offered to Mary, she declined and insisted that a younger woman passenger take it. Mary was quoted as saying, "I am getting old and would rather stay with my husband. You are younger and have life before you." Joseph and Mary were last seen standing on deck together, calmly awaiting the end. The younger woman who took the seat in the lifeboat later advertised in the papers to obtain the address of Joseph and Mary's son Jack Macky to tell him the story of his parents' death. According to the 11 May 1915 Otago Daily Times, the Mackys were traveling with a S. Hanna, the son of Auckland solicitor (lawyer) Andrew Hanna, was also on board Lusitania and survived. No such name appears on the Lusitania passenger list. Neither Joseph nor Mary's bodies were either recovered or identified. A bronze plaque to Joseph and Mary Macky is on one wall of the Auckland Unitarian church, and a manse was given to the church in their memory." The Lusitania Resource