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History

Industrial Scotland In the mid 1800's was not a pleasant place to be. Laurence McWatt was a coal miner, which was a dangerous occupation. He decided to leave Scotland with his wife Sarah on the "Ganges" and they arrived in Auckland to start a new life in 1863. The family was allotted land on the Awhitu peninsula and become farmers. 

web Alvon mcWatt 1930

 

Laurence's son Robert and his wife Lucy had a dairy farm near Waiuku and retired in Pukekohe. Robert and Lucy had 10 children, who settled in Pukekohe Maramarua, Thames and Beachlands areas.

The photo shows life on the farm in the 1930s, Alvon (Mac) on the horse cart.

web mcwatt boys 1960

 

After the war, Alvon Mcwatt (‘Mac’ as he was known) had a cream run in the East Tamaki area. He then started his own business as a farming contractor, summer time was haymaking and from the early days Alvons sons remember long days out in the hay paddocks. This evolved into general contracting and Earthmoving services.

web McWatt early 1970

 

The 1970's saw the formation of 'Excavation Services Ltd', Trucks and excavators were now part of the fabric of the family life.

web ESL Neales road

 

ESL operated out of Whitford Road until they needed to expand, moving their operation to 7 Neales Road. Over the years after Alvon's retirement, all 3 sons, Laurence, Wayne and Murray operated their businesses out of the 7 Neales Road site. Earthmoving is a word synonymous with the McWatt name.

 McWatt Group today

Murray and his son Shane now operate their business McWatt Group Ltd from Neales Road and since the amalgamation of the trucks and diggers as one entity there has been a significant expansion of the operation. From this solid family base, growth is inevitable.

McWatt's conduct their business with the aim of:

  • Deliver a top class level of service to all our customers.

  • Provide a range of quality products and services

  • Ensure the needs of our customers are met in a timely manner.

  • Strive to operate in a responsible manner, considering environmental factors at all times. 

     

Industrial Scotland In the mid 1800's was not a pleasant place to be.

Laurence McWatt was a coalminer, which was a dangerous occupation. He decided to leave Scotland with his wife Sarah on the "ganges" and they arrived in Auckland to start a new life in 1863. The family was allotted land on the Awhutu peninsula and become farmers. Laurence's son Robert and his wife Lucy had a dairy farm near Waiuku and retired in Pukekohe. Robert and Lucy had 10 children, who settled in Pukekohe Maramarua, Thames and Beachlands areas. After the war Alvon Mcwatt had a cream run in the east Tamaki area. He then started his own business as a farming contractor, summer time was haymaking and from the early days Alvons sons remember long days out in the hay paddocks. This evolved into general contracting and earth moving services. The 1960's saw the formation of excavation services ltd, Trucks and excavators were now part of the fabric of the family life.

ESL operated out of Whitford road until they needed to expand, moving their operation to 7 Neales road. Over the years after Alvon's retirement, all 3 sons, Laurence, Wayne and Murray operated their businesses out of the 7 Neales Road site. Earthmoving is a word synonymous with the McWatt name.

Murray and his son Shane now operate their business McWatt Group Ltd from Neales Road and since the amalgamation of the trucks and diggers as one entity there has been significant expansion of the operation. All bodes well for the future.