Emil Gustav Ferdinand "Gustav" WENCK

Emil Gustav Ferdinand "Gustav" WENCK

Male 1876 - 1897  (20 years)

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  • Name Emil Gustav Ferdinand "Gustav" WENCK 
    Nickname Gustav 
    Born 5 Oct 1876  Jarplundfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Details of birth and baptism from photocopy of original baptismal entries in the Översee Church register which is held at the Pastorat. Obtained by Greg Gilbert July 1993
    Christened 29 Apr 1877  Oversee, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Education Minden, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Gustav attended Minden State School
    Immigration 26 Feb 1879  Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4

    • WENCK
      Reimer 43, Trinke 42, Christine 18, Johann 17, Mathilde 14, Therese 13, Carl 10, Ernst 8, Theodor 6, Adolph 4, Gustav 2, Agnes Caterine Auguste - born on voyage.

      Details taken from the March 1879 issue of the Rockhampton newspaper "The Capricornia":
      Embarked Hamburg 6 Nov 1878 on board 'Charles Dickens'; disembarked Keppel Bay 26 Feb 1879.
      On her second voyage to Queensland (first in 1877) the 'Charles Dickens' left Hamburg 6.11.1878 with Surgeon-Superintendent Dr. Thon, Matron Miss Drohun and 457 immigrants - full paying 13, assisted 29, free 388, free nominated 25, remittance 1, stowaway 1.

      Wencks listed as free nominated.  (Anna, sister of Reimer was already in Queensland.  She married Heinrich Thomas Jurgensen, born Fohr Island. They sailed to Australia on board the 'Humbolt' in 1870.)

      Arrived Keppel Bay 26.2.1879 - visited by immigration agent & govt. medical officer Dr. Salmond - quarantine not necessary.  Passengers transshipped to the 'Lady Bowen' about midnight 28 February en route from Gladstone to Rockhampton.  Brought up river and landed at wharf at 6am Saturday 1 March 1879.
      Dr. Salmond instructed that two large tents be erected in the Immigration Depot as temporary accommodation for those who could not find room in the building.
    Occupation 1896  Golden Gate, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    School teacher 
    Hospital 10 Aug 1897-19 Aug 1897  Croydon, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Typhoid and malaria 
    • Hospital Records:
      Dr Flood
      Date of admission: 10 August 1897
      How admitted: Letter
      Patient's Christian Name: Gustav  Surname: Wenck
      Age last birthday: 20 years
      Where born: Holstein, Germany
      Profession: School Teacher
      Religion: Lutheran
      Ship in which arrived: Charles Dickens
      How long in Colony: 18 years
      Last residence: Golden Gate, Croydon
      Single
      Father: Reimer Wenck, Farmer, Ipswich, Queensland
      Mother: Christina Pysen
    Died 19 Aug 1897  Croydon Hospital, Croydon, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Cause: Typhoid and Malaria 
    • Croydon Hospital.

      Very truly the " Croydon Golden Age" remarks that the fateful happenings of real life are sometimes more strange than the wonders of fiction. "Last week," it says, Mr. E. Wenck, schoolmaster at the Durham, was travelling down to see his brother, who was lying dangerously ill in the Croydon Hospital. While journeying in the dark on Thursday night, Mr. Wenck's horse ran into a tree and the rider was thrown. The horse got away, and Mr. Wenck had to walk four miles back and get another one. He rode into town, but being a stranger did not know his bearings. Seeing a light he rode up to make inquiries. It was that of the undertaker making the coffin of his brother, who had died a few hours previously."
    Buried 20 Aug 1897  Croydon Cemetery, Julia Creek Rd, Croydon, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Plot A 149
    Obituary 11 Sep 1897  Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Queensland Times 

    • Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), Saturday 11 September 1897, page 5

      DEATH OF MR. GUSTAV WENCK.
      It is our unpleasant duty (says the Croydon Mining News of the 20th ultimo) to have to chronicle the death of Mr. Gustav Wenck, head master of the Golden Gate Provisional School, which took place in the hospital last night from typhoid fever after an illness of three weeks' duration. For some days previously the sufferer had been in such a critical state that his friends were prepared for the news of his death. A wire had been sent to his brother, who is in charge of the Cumberland school, and that gentleman arrived at 2 o'clock this morning--too late to see his brother alive. Mr. Wenck came part of the journey by coach, but yesterday evening procured a horse in order to push into town as quickly as possible. Unfortunately he met with a long delay through his horse getting away, and he did not reach Croydon until the hour mentioned. Being a stranger he had to search for some one to show him where the hospital was. Seeing a light in Orr and Medlik's, he went in and found they were engaged in making a coffin for his brother. The deceased gentleman, who was only twenty years of age, was a fine, strapping fellow, and was a great favorite at Golden Gate, and the news of his death cast quite a gloom over the township. The school was closed to-day as a mark of respect, and the department also gave Mr. Kidd permission to close the Croydon school in order that the teachers might attend the funeral, which took place at 11 o'clock this morning, and was very largely attended, the number of wreaths and flowers on the coffin testifying to the respect in which Mr. Wenck was held. The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the cemetery, the Rev. A. E. Coote conducting the funeral service. [Deceased's parents live at Minden, and one of his brothers (Mr. T. Wenck) is in charge of the Charlwood school.-- Ed. Q.T.]
    Religion Lutheran 
    FamilySearch ID 9FPJ-81K 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=9FPJ-81K 
    Never married and had no children Never Married 
    Notes 
    • At time of last illness, brother Ernst was in the area and heard Gustav was ill. He arrived at night by horse. He went to enquire where he saw a light on and the man was making Gustav's coffin.

      Mr Galvin took Gustav to the doctor. He had typhoid and malaria and died in hospital. The body was not allowed home because of the diseases.

      Gustav was teaching at Golden Gate. He was said to be a most likeable man.
    Person ID I135  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2017 

    Father Reimer WENCK,   b. 11 Dec 1834, Tiebensee, Dithmarschen, Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1903, Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Trinke PAYSEN,   b. 28 Jun 1836, Stedesand, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1897, Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 22 May 1859  Emmelsbüll, Tondern, Schleswig-Holstein Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F44  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Oct 1876 - Jarplundfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 29 Apr 1877 - Oversee, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - - Minden, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 26 Feb 1879 - Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School teacher - 1896 - Golden Gate, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHospital - Typhoid and malaria - 10 Aug 1897-19 Aug 1897 - Croydon, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Aug 1897 - Croydon Cemetery, Julia Creek Rd, Croydon, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Queensland Times - 11 Sep 1897 - Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    WENCK, Gustav circa 1897
    WENCK, Gustav circa 1897
    Wenck men circa 1897
    Wenck men circa 1897
    L to R
    Back: Gustav, Carl, Adolph
    Seated: Ernst, Reimer (father), Theodor
    Front: Johann
    Wenck brothers, Queensland Defence Forces, Ipswich
    Wenck brothers, Queensland Defence Forces, Ipswich
    Theodor seated left, Gustav standing far left, Adolph standing far right. Possibly Moreton or West Moreton Regiment

  • Sources 
    1. [S93] Oversee Church Register, Born 5 October 1876 in Jarplundfeld.

    2. [S93] Oversee Church Register, Baptised 29 October 1876 in Oversee.

    3. [S94] QFHS, Queensland: School Pupils Index, ID: 179738.

    4. [S423] QSA Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 index [database on-line], (http://www.archives.qld.gov.au), Charles Dickens 1879.

    5. [S23] Queensland State Archives, EDU/V9 P159.

    6. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1897/ 000521.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3656605.

    8. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3656504.

    9. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1897 'Jottings by the Way.', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), 25 September, p. 594, viewed 9 April, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24470156.

    10. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1897 'Sad Fatality.', The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), 17 September, p. 13. , viewed 30 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190518576.

    11. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1897 'DEATH OF MR. GUSTAV WENCK.', Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), 11 September, p. 5. , viewed 30 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article125038063.