Next year is one for reflection for descendants of German families around the world and will recall some very difficult tales we heard from parents and grandparents. It is of course the 100th anniversary of the First World War. German settlers in "English" communities were often persecuted. In Nelson, NZ, I'm collecting such stories including of raids on settlements, searches of houses etc. These are part of our history but have until now been largely "swept under the carpet". Any info. welcomed. Thanks!
New book Lost Gold features Bensemann descendants. Many family members were gold-miners (and hapless dreamers!) in Alaska, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
See new tribute to Vietnam War casualty Don Bensemann.
New thatch installed on old earth Bensemann home. See Cottage
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 email@example.com, a student at the University of Auckland, is researching the German connection with New Zealand, through the German department 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 settlers, especially things like recipes, beer brewing traditions, food preparation traditions and so forth.
Anyone have any old family recipes or other info. they could give her? Send through me firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Bensemann's old wallet and in the 1980s showed it to me and the only thing inside was an old recipe brought over from Germany for making mettwurst or German salaami. I gave it to my Dad and he tried the recipe at our farm in the
Motueka Valley using farm-killed meat. We didn't get to taste the
mettwurst because he hung it in the chimney to smoke as per instructions
but the woodstove chimney was too hot and it turned to charcoal!
I can't find the recipe now and fear that it was in a small suitcase of
family papers and photographs that disappeared when my father died.
Paul Bensemann 021 2142665
Death of Carol Bensemann - see http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?pid=159325864&fhid=12785#fbLoggedOut
Donald, killed in Vietnam War, honoured on Auckland Museum cenotaph. Also see very poignant memory of his last days.
Chris Korte does some great research on German ancestors who settled in NZ, including Roses (who intermarried with Bensemanns).
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.
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.
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 tattooist
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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.