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Robert Simpson McNaught

Robert Simpson McNaught was my Grandad. His second marriage was to my Nana, Stella Dixon (nee Ward). He was the father to Noela and Colin, from his first marriage; and stepfather to Annette, Gaynor and Wayne from his second. Grandad passed away peacefully recently (year 2000) and this page is dedicated to his memory.

Grandad as a sparky!
The Early Years...

Robert Simpson (Bert) McNaught was born in Invercargill on the 9th August 1908.

He moved to Oamaru with his family as a young child, before the moved once more, to Lonsdale Street in Dunedin.

He attended High Street school and then Otago Boys High School.

As a young man...

Bert started his first job as an apprentice electrician with Turnbull and
Jones in 1924. Not long after he completed this apprentiship, he left Turnbull and Jones, to set up his own business from his home in Albany Street.

Grandad was first married to Emma Downes Ferguson in 1936. After Emma's death in 1959, Grandad was unable to carry on with the business, so he took on employment at 'Brian Snell's Appliance shop' until it closed in the mid- 60's. From there, he worked at the National Electric Company until he retired in 1973.


Bert was an avids sports buff, and on most Saturdays could be found watching rugby.

He served on the committee of the Kiwi Swimming Club for a number of years of which his two children from his first marriage, Noela and Colin were active members.

He was also involved in timekeeping both swimming and cycling, and was a great supporter of Colin during the time he was involved in cycling.

Grandad's greatest sporting love, however, was bowls, both indoor and outdoor. He was a member of the Logan Park Club for more than 20 years. For many of those he was the acting president of the club and had won several championships. In the 60's he joined Musselburgh and St. Kilda clubs where he continued to play until the late 80's.

In addition to his love of sport, Grandad also loved his cards, especially Euchre, 500 and Crib, and was also a keen and fastidious gardener.

It was in 1965 that Bert married Stella Dixon (my Nana), and added another branch to our family tree.