Reunion for original Frankton farming families

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Descendants of two original Frankton farming families, the Grants and the Hansens, are attending a reunion in Queenstown this Saturday.

The families hail from early settler Elizabeth Meldrum whose first marriage, in 1871, was to fellow Scot Robert Grant who farmed land north of Lake Johnson, near Frankton.

After Grant died aged 38, killed after his team of horses bolted, Elizabeth was left with four little children and a farm to run.

Elizabeth married Christian Hansen, a Dane who had the adjoining farm on the south side of Lake Johnson, in 1879 and bore another seven children.

The legacy of Elizabeth and her two husbands, who are all buried in the Frankton cemetery, lives on through their descendants and the names of Hansen and Grant Roads.

Elizabeth’s descendants include Linley Hansen, widow of her grandson, who owns her original farm, and her great-grandson Bill Grant who owns Cherry Farm in Hansen Road.

Her granddaughter, Queenstown Rosslyn Munro, who’s researched the family histories, is organising this weekend’s reunion.

Fifty-nine descendants will be attending, she says.