Ian Matheson (1946 - 2002) was born in Palmerston North, the only child of Roderick and Marjorie Matheson. The Matheson family has been associated with Palmerston North since the 1880s. Ian Matheson worked with the Palmerston North city archives 1971 -2002,and was the first local body Archivist in New Zealand. He was a prolific researcher of Palmerston North history, with a particular interest in the flax industry. He was awarded a QSM in 1999 and a Massey medal in 2002.