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Bensemann family reunion, 1956. Author standing pigeon-toed in front (who remembers nothing except an old tractor driving around and throwing out lollies for the lolly scramble).  

Early Nelsonians


New Zealand Bensemanns are mostly descended from two brothers; Cordt Heinrich who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 on the sailing ship the St Pauli, or his elder brother Johann Dietrich who emigrated to Nelson 13 years later on the Inchinnis.

This website has been built by Paul Bensemann, a descendant of Cordt through the line of his son Johann Albert Bensemann (John Albert) and Johann's wife Magdalena Catherina Elisabeth Rose.

Cordt and his wife Anna Margaretha Elizabeth (nee Kothrade) arrived at Nelson with three children. Johann Albert was 6 on arrival, while his older sister Anna Catherine Marie (who later married the Rev J W C Heine) (see Anna) was 8 and younger brother Johann Heinrich (John Henry) was 3.

Anna and Cordt lost a daughter in Germany just before emigrating (see  Cordt) and a son born in New Zealand, Johann Heinrich William, died at just only 16. However most of their children had many descendants, including others born in New Zealand; Sophia Magdalena, George Frederick William, Christopher Frederick Carl Heinrich, Anna Margaret Doris and Johann Diedrich.

Leo Bensemann, artistic pioneer.
German football/soccer pioneer Walther Bensemann.


Web author Paul Bensemann            



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