Adolph Christian Georg "Otto" WENCK

Adolph Christian Georg "Otto" WENCK

Male 1874 - 1941  (66 years)

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  • Name Adolph Christian Georg "Otto" WENCK 
    Nickname Otto 
    Born 1 May 1874  Kluesfeld, Bau, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia (Bov, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alt. Birth 2 May 1874  [2
    • Daughter Sylvia had 'Dad's birthday 2 May' written in her home dictionary
    Christened 2 Aug 1874  Oversee, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Education Minden, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Otto attended Minden State School. He taught himself Esperanto
    Immigration 26 Feb 1879  Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Arrived on the Charles Dickens which had sailed from Hamburg 6 November 1878.

      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.
    Naturalization 1898  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Hillside Rifle Range captain 28 Mar 1914  Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7

    • Hillside Rifle Range.
      OPENING CEREMONY.
      The eagerly-looked-for opening of the Hillside Rifle Range (writes our correspondent) eventuated on Saturday last. The weather was unpropitious. Rain was steadily falling, with occasional lulls and smart flying showers. Nevertheless, a goodly number of members put in an appearance. Preparations had been made to have a "spread," in picnic style, on the range after the opening, bit this was out of the question, and the local hall was utilised for the purpose. Towards noon a momentary break occurred, of which due advantage was taken. A target was hastily got in position, and the captain, Mr. A. C. Wenck, fired the first shot, made the proverbial "bull," and, amid great enthusiasm, and cheers, declared the range open. Pluvius once more held sway and all hastily repaired to the hall, where a sumptuous repast had been laid out by Mesdames Luther, Stuhmcke, Wenck, Schultz, and the Misses Beduhn, Shew, Luther, Stower, and Stuhmcke, and to which full justice was done. A short toast-list was gone through. The captain submitted the "King and the Kaiser," all standing and rendering a verse of the National Anthem and Die Wacht am Rhine, Mr. H. Korber proposed "The Visitors," to which Mr. O. Sakrzewski, of Lowood, responded. Mr. E. A. F. Wenck proposed "The Contractor" (Mr. J. O'Shea) bestowing encomiums on him for the manner in which he had carried out the work. Mr. Korber responded on behalf of Mr. O'Shea, who was absent on account of the wet weather. The "'Hillside Rifle Club," coupled with the name of the captain, was proposed by Cr. O. Sakrzewski. He said that when the formation a club was first mooted, everybody, including himself, was of the opinion that there was no hope of success, but Mr. Wenck, nothing daunted, went on canvassing for members and brought the proposal to a head. He said that with Mr. Wenck as captain, the success of the club was assured. He then tendered the members some good advice. He said it often happened that petty jealousies sprang up in clubs, and he counselled them not to give way to the "green-eyed monster," but all to do their duty for the good and honour of the club, and above all not to be selfish, and to give their captain the support he deserved. The captain, in responding, thanked Cr. Sakrzewski for his eulogy, and said that the work of rifle clubs was new to them all, and that they would have to feel their way. It was quite possible that mistakes would be made, and should any persons ever have a grievance he hoped they would bring it up so that it could be rectified. Mr. A. Luther, in a neat and humorous speech, proposed "The Ladies," to which Mr. Max. Sakrzewski responded. Letters of apology for being absent were received from Mr. H. M. Stevens, M.L.A., and Mr. S. Kennedy, bank manager, Marburg. Mr. Stevens regretted that the day clashed with the annual meeting of the Farmers' Co-operative Company. Mr. Stevens also intimated that he had a silver cup to pre- sent to the club as a trophy. I may also remark here that donations to the club have been received from Mr. H. Sinclair, M.H.R., Mr. O. Sakrzewski, Mr. R. Varley, Mr. A. Sakrzewski, and a trophy from Mr. S. Kennedy. Cr. O.Sakrzewski, in the course of his speech, also promised a trophy to the club for competition. During the ceremony in the hall, the weather somewhat cleared and a proposal was made to adjourn to the range and have a little practice. This met with all-round approval. The day was still dull, and the light was bad, but enthusiasm was great, and some  good shooting was done especially by the younger members of the club, Trooper Rose, and Messrs. Boughen, Stuhmcke, Joseph, and Mundt particularly distinguishing themselves.
    Hobbies Violin playing  [8

    • FRENCHTON.
      Wednesday.
      Concert.-A concert (writes a correspondent) was held in the Tarampa Hall on Saturday night, in aid of the Frenchton State School and Lowood Ambulance. It was largely attended by visitors from all the surrounding districts. The music was supplied by the Coolana Orchestra, which comprised Miss Sylvia Wenck (pianist), Mrs. C. Itzstein, and Mr. A. Wenck (violins), Mr. W. Boughen (cornet), with Mr. G. Ross (baritone). The programme opened with an overture, "Hearts Sorrow," by the orchestra. Next came two songs by the Frenchton school children accompanied by the orchestra. A duet "Money Matters," by Mrs. C. Itzstein and Mr. A. Wenck, was enjoyed very much. The dialogue, "Talkum and Co.," by the children caused great amusement. A solo by two little girls, with the rest of the children joining in the chorus, was much appreciated. A dialogue, "Aunt Penelope," by E. L. and T. Schimke, brought forth much laughter. Next came a comic song by Mr. A. Wenck, which was greatly appreciated. A dialogue by two children followed, and then, a play, "The Blues," which was a credit to both teacher and children. The second half of the programme opened with a beautiful piece, "Sweet Memories," by the orchestra. Then came two songs by the children. A musical monologue. "Twenty Gallons of Sleep," by Mr. A. Wenck, was well received. The next item was a solo by two little girls, with the rest of the children joining in the chorus. A dialogue, "Corporal Muggins," by school boys, and a vocal duet, by Mrs. C. Itzstein and Mr. A. Wenck, were warmly applauded. The last item, a dialogue, "A Brave Woman," made the audience rock with laughter. The characters were: "Billy Walz," A. Wenck; "Jacobina Walz," S. Wenck; "Sam Scooper," G. Rose; "Jim Smithers," Ted Beduhn; "Tom Potter," G. Beduhn; "Joe Black," Ted Schimke; and "Bridget O'Flynn," Lily Beduhn. The head teacher, Mr. Gordon, then thanked the visitors for their support. He also expressed appreciation to all those who assisted to make it such a success, particularly the orchestra for their help. The singing of God Save the King brought a very enjoyable evening to a close.
    Died 20 Apr 1941  Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Cause: Gastric Carcinoma, 6 months 
    Buried 21 Apr 1941  Coolana, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Coolana Private Cemetery - Wenck Family Burying Ground
      115 Zabels Road, Coolana
    Wenck family cemetery, Coolana
    Wenck family cemetery, Coolana
    Shows grave of Adolph Wenck on right and bases only of headstones of Reimer and Trinke Wenck. After this photo was taken in 1993, it was discovered on a subsequent visit in 2005 that one of the base stones had been removed.
    WENCK, Adolph grave at Coolana 1941
    WENCK, Adolph grave at Coolana 1941
    Photo taken by daughters of Adolph in 1941
    Obituary 22 May 1941  Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Queensland Times 

    • MR. A. G. C. WENCK.
      The death occurred, after a very short illness, at his late residence, Coolana, of Mr. Adolph George Christian Wenck. Mr. Wenck was born at Schleswig-Holstein, Denmark, 66 years ago, and at four years of age came to Australia with his family, landing at Rockhamton [sic]. Later his parents came to the Rosewood district, and selected a farm at Coolana (then called Back Plains and later Hillside), where Mr. Wenck lived. The late Mr. Wenck always was an active worker for the welfare of his district, being a prominent figure in the local Progress Association. He also did much work for the local School Committee, of which he was Secretary for nearly 20 years. He acted as presiding officer at the local booth during elections for many years. A good violinist, he appreciated all music and himself composed several songs, which were printed in England some years ago. He married Miss Lena Behm, of Minden, who survives him, and leaves two daughters, Mrs. G. Claydon (Rosewood) and Mrs. D. Colston (Brisbane), and three grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Messrs. Ernest and Ted, Brisbane, both retired school teachers, and Mrs. Behm, Murgon.
    Occupation Farmer 
    • Farming included cows for cream and hens for eggs
    FamilySearch ID KHNF-HPD 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KHNF-HPD 
    Notes 
    • Adolph was interested in all sorts of subjects including:

      Weather patterns, clouds, winds etc and he could forecast quite well;
      Esperanto - a firm believer in this as a universal language;
      Music - he played the violin and composed a tune (published) with his daughter Sylvia;
      Gardening, especially roses;
      He was a recognised bush lawyer and helped people with their problems

      He obviously had an enquiring mind.

      He experimented with growing peanuts in the area although he was not a practical farmer in that he would rather play the violin to the sunset than milk the cows.

      One trick, which is recorded in a photograph, was to lay the chicken feed out in a large circle so he had a ring of chickens eating, which makes an interesting picture.

      He suffered from either migraine headaches or sinus trouble as his daughter Myrtle remembers him sitting with his head in his hands in front of the fire in winter and everyone having to be very quiet because of the pain he was feeling.
    Person ID I46  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 28 Sep 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

    Family Auguste Emilie Helene "Lena" BEHM,   b. 23 Aug 1880, Storkow, Kreis Randow, Pomerania, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1962, Ipswich Hospital, Chelmsford Ave, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1899  Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Married in the Office of the District Registrar, East Street, Ipswich.
      Witnesses R. Wenck [Reimer Wenck] and Bertha Behm
      The reason for marrying in the registry office and not a church was probably because of disagreement with the type of Lutheran Church locally. To be married or buried in church required membership of the congregation. Some of Otto's siblings also married at the registry office. Non-membership of a church congregation would be the same reason the Wenck burial plot was established on the Wenck farm.
    WENCK, Adolph 'Otto' & Lena née Behm
    WENCK, Adolph "Otto" & Lena née Behm
    Children 
    +1. Sylvia Ivy Valerie WENCK,   b. 14 Apr 1900, Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 2002, North Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
    +2. Myrtle Clorine Ruby WENCK,   b. 19 Mar 1911, Lowood, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1985, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 May 1874 - Kluesfeld, Bau, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia (Bov, Denmark) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 2 Aug 1874 - 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 MapsNaturalization - 1898 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Feb 1899 - Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHillside Rifle Range captain - 28 Mar 1914 - Hillside (Coolana), Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Gastric Carcinoma, 6 months - 20 Apr 1941 - Coolana, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 Apr 1941 - Coolana, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Queensland Times - 22 May 1941 - 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, Adolph
    WENCK, Adolph
    WENCK, Adolph with his rifle and neighbour's dog
    WENCK, Adolph with his rifle and neighbour's dog
    This dog, a boxer, followed Adolph around
    WENCK, Adolph 'Otto' and his hens
    WENCK, Adolph "Otto" and his hens
    He put the feed in a circle for the photo
    Queensland Rifles circa 1892
    Queensland Rifles circa 1892
    Training camp at unknown location, possibly Greenbank. Adolph Wenck 2nd from left at rear
    Wenck men circa 1897
    Wenck men circa 1897
    L to R
    Back: Gustav, Carl, Adolph
    Seated: Ernst, Reimer (father), Theodor
    Front: Johann
    WENCK, Adolph 'Otto' & Lena née Behm
    WENCK, Adolph "Otto" & Lena née Behm
    WENCK, Adolph 'Otto'
    Adolph "Otto" Wenck
    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 1 May 1874 in Kluesfeld.

    2. [S95] Collin's Home Dictionary owned by Sylvia Wenck, Dad's birthday 2 May.

    3. [S93] Oversee Church Register, Baptised 8 August 1874 in Oversee.

    4. [S94] QFHS, Queensland: School Pupils Index, ID: 179762.

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

    6. [S774] Queensland Naturalisations 1851-1904 Transcription, (findmypast.com.au), entry for Adolph George Christian Wenck 1898.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1914 'Hillside Rifle Range.', Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), 2 April, p. 3 Edition: Daily, viewed 8 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120425237.

    8. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1924 'FRENHTON.', Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), 24 October, p. 7 Edition: DAILY., viewed 8 August, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article118587858.

    9. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Death Certificate / Reg # 1941/001748.

    10. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1941 'OBITUARY.', Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), 22 May, p. 4 Edition: DAILY., viewed 21 July, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article114547352.

    11. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1899/ 001782.