from Antrim, Ireland to New Zealand - Feilding : The
Shannon Family Reunion and Book Committee, 2000.
Graham (1816-1892) and Elizabeth, known as Eliza (née VANCE, c1814-1902) SHANNON married in 1842 in Ballycragy. Their children born in mid-19th century Antrim, Ulster were the eighth generation born in the family residence on the freehold lands which had been in their possession for over two hundred years. Four of those seven children, their sons, George Vance (GV), William, Ezekiel, and Graham all made New Zealand their home, the eldest son George being the first to arrive in 1865.
More than two hundred descendants gathered in Feilding for the Shannon Family Reunion to celebrate and share genealogical records, compare photographs and exchange reminiscences. On arrival reunion participants were greeted by the hiss and roar of a fiery traction engine dating back to its days as a work-horse at I.P. Shannon Ltd (Ian Paul Shannon’s business), Sawmillers at Cheltenham, and a superb example of history in action.