Kirkcudbright Family Re-union ~ Interesting event in Natal.

Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser May 9th 1931.

A Natal correspondent writes on May 9th: – Eighty-one years ago Mr and Mrs John Anderson went out to Natal with the Byrne Emigrants of 1850. Mr Anderson hailed from Kirkcudbright and his wife from Penzance, Cornwall. They sailed in the ill-fated vessel, the Minerva, which was wrecked. They landed safely, however, at Durban, and settled at Byrnetown, near Richmond, in the Natal midlands, called after Mr Byrne the originator of the Byrne Emigration scheme. A few years later they trekked to Pinetown in order to educate their growing family, and there they spent the rest of their lives.

There were forty-six descendents of the Kirkcudbright Colonists staying at Easter of this year in the MacKenzie-Eastwolds district, and great interest was manifested in the unique reunion, members of the family having come from Pinetown, Durban, and Pietermaritzburg. The festivities of Easter Monday included two cricket matches, a tennis tournament, an American picnic, and a dance. At the cricket matches and other events friends were able to share in the spirit of goodwill and friendship which seemed to be in the air.