EGGERS REUNION A GREAT SUCCESS
See the Hans Eggers website for details of the reunion in Upper Moutere on March 2 and 3 and the accompanying Facebook page. Both include Bensemann photos and extended family details as the two families well and truly intermarried.
This reunion was held in beautiful sunny Nelson weather with more than 100 registrations. The venue of the old Lutheran Church, hall and grounds was an excellent site but the key to success was a hard-working local committee. Thanks to you from all of us who came from around Australasia to attend!
Sadly, in the past few decades we may have lost many or most of the old family recipes of our German colonists, although there may be one or two Bensemann family members
still with information.
Elizabeth Eltze firstname.lastname@example.org, a student at the University of Auckland, is researching the German connection with New Zealand, through the German
there. She has sought help through the website on the food culture that would have come to
New Zealand with the early German, Swiss and Austrian
things like recipes, beer brewing traditions, food
preparation traditions and
Anyone have any old family recipes or other info. they could give her? Send through me email@example.com if you want as it would be great to have a few on the site too.
My uncle Hans Bensemann had our grandfather Edward Christopher
old wallet and in the 1980s showed it to me and the only thing
an old recipe brought over from Germany for making mettwurst or
salaami. I gave it to my Dad and he tried the recipe at our farm in
Motueka Valley using farm-killed meat. We didn't get to taste
mettwurst because he hung it in the chimney to smoke as per
but the woodstove chimney was too hot and it turned to
I can't find the recipe now and fear that it was in a small
family papers and photographs that disappeared when my father
Paul Bensemann 021 2142665
Death of Carol Bensemann - see http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?pid=159325864&fhid=12785#fbLoggedOut
Jessica Bensemann of Palmerston North, a young post-graduate in agricultural economics, who was chosen by Volunteer Service Abroad to be a Business Development Advisor in Papua New Guinea is now enjoying village life in that country. Her task is helping local women improve their families livelihood through agricultural development. VSA is a well-known charity and in the past 50 years has sent more than 3500 volunteers overseas. Jesicca isn't being paid during her time in PNG and has to find $2000 living expenses herself. Anyone who wishes to help and/or to see what she's up to, please go to http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/JessicaBensemann/ She thanks those who have already helped.
Donald, killed in Vietnam War, honoured on Auckland Museum cenotaph. Also see very poignant memory of his last days.
New page about Florrie Bensemann from Shirley Heath Bastin's recently published history book on Heath family: Mt Arthur Looms Large.
Few Bensemanns emigrated from Germany to the United States in late 19th Century but the main group arrived in 1883 according to ancestry website.
Hear review of new book about Leo by Harry Broad on Radio NZ in which Harry describes Leo as "a scion of the great Bensemann family" of the Moutere.
Page Jews or Nazis? Reader feedback poses serious questions. Also about origin of name Bensemann.Fundraising starts for old earth Bensemann home. See Cottage
Old photo of Bensemann Band found in Motueka and Districts Historical Assn records.
Bensemann descendant and amateur historian Brian Hunter finds a third Bensemann crest. See Family Crests.
Chris Korte does some great research on German ancestors who settled in NZ, including Roses (who intermarried with Bensemanns).
Cordt (top) and his five sons, with names anglicised. Lower left is Christopher Frederick and lower right, Johann Diedrich (or "Dick").
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Links to notable Bensemanns (including early settlers):
Anna Heine (nee Bensemann) also check her photo on Nelson history page about German Settlement.
Leo Bensemann (NZ artist)
Walther Bensemann (Football pioneer)
Scott Bensemann Family tatooist
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Many thanks to Adelaide Bensemann, Hans Bensemann, Lawrence Bensemann, Alan Bensemann, Ranginui Bensemann, Desiree Bensemann, George McMurtry, Jenny Leith, Jenny Briars, Marj Shannon, Brian Hunter and others who have provided information for this site.