Theodor Bernhart Julius "Ted" WENCK

Theodor Bernhart Julius "Ted" WENCK

Male 1872 - 1960  (88 years)

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  • Name Theodor Bernhart Julius "Ted" WENCK 
    Nickname Ted 
    Born 4 Aug 1872  Cluesries, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 8 Dec 1872  Bau, Schleswig (Bov, Denmark) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education Minden, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Theodor attended Minden State School. He left at age 14 in 1886.
    Immigration 26 Feb 1879  Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 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 1895  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 4 Sep 1960  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cremated 5 Sep 1960  Holland Park, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Mt Thompson Crematorium 

    • Mt Thompson Crematorium & Memorial Gardens, Double Chapel Recordia, Niche 6, Section 9
    Occupation Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    School teacher 

    • Charlwood 20.1.1896
      Obum Obum 1.1.1899
      Maida Hill 27.3.1901
      Purga Creek 5.1907
      Nebo 5.1909
      Finch Hatton 8.1909
      Other schools - Carney's Creek, Bell (this was formerly Maida Hill), The Caves and Murrarie, Brisbane where he retired about 1937.

      In February 1907, Theodor was promoted from III3 to III2.
      In April 1907 he was transferred from Maida Hill State School to Purga Creek State School. His standing was HT III2.
      In January 1909 he was promoted from III2 to III1.
      In April 1909 he was transferred form Purga  Creek State School to Nebo State School. His standing was HT III1.
      In August 1909 he was transferred from Nebo State School to Finch Hatton State School. His standing was HT III1.
      [Transferred to Murrarie State School after 19½ years at Finch Hatton]
      In January 1911 he was promoted from III1 to II3.

      The following is from "The Fassifern Story" by C K Pfeffer pages 254 and 257.

      Many of the teachers allotted to provisional schools, though conscientious, were untrained. The appointment of TBJ Wenck as Charlwood's first school teacher in 1896 typifies the manner in which additional teachers were engaged. Following approval by the local school committee, the young Mr Wenck was instructed to journey to Brisbane for an interview and examination. This occurred on the 8th May 1895. Extracts from the Department of Public Instruction's report follow:

      "The examinee is 21 years of age. He left Minden School at the age of 14, being then a 4th class pupil. He has been employed in station work since then, mostly riding after cattle; and he has tried to study to keep up his schooling at night school, as best he could…He has nearly lost the sight of his right eye, but he does not feel at much loss in his vision he says…He is quiet in manner, well grown, and of commonplace appearance."

      Mr Wenck was examined in reading, spelling, meanings, geography, grammar, writing and arithmetic. Some of the comments were:

      "Spelling - words of moderate difficulty were misspelt…Meanings - his mind works slowly, but he has sensible ideas…Geography - he has a fair knowledge of this subject, considering his schooling, and he has not forgotten what he learned."

      The examiner's remarks were:
      "I think his attainments are sufficient for the position of teacher at the proposed Provisional School at Charlwood. To wit, the Minister has approved of his appointment if he is found to be fit."

      Three years later, in 1899, TBJ Wenck was moved to the new school at Obum Obum where he was again the first school teacher.

      The following is from the Townsville Bulletin, 21 Jan 1929:
      On 28th. December [1928] Mr. T. B. J. Wenck, who has been head teacher of the Hatton State School for the past 19½ years and who has been transferred to Murrarie, was entertained at a farewell social in the Cedar Hall, Finch Hatton, there was a great number present. Mr. J. O'Toole presided and on behalf of the residents presented Mr. Wenck with a wallet of notes. Mr. J. Cavanagh supported Mr. O'Toole in the remarks made by him of the many admirable characteristics of the guest. Mr. Wenck in recognising the gift voiced his pleasure and surprise and sincerely thanked them all for their kind action Mr. Wenck accompanied by Mrs. Wenck and family left for Murrarie on New Years morning. Mr. Ham succeeds Mr. Wenck.
    WENCK, TBJ - Finch Hatton School 1909
    WENCK, TBJ - Finch Hatton School 1909
    TBJ Wenck is the teacher in profile on the lower right
    FamilySearch ID LZY9-6L9 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LZY9-6L9 
    Notes 
    • The following information on Ted's attack obtained in the mid 1970s by Myrtle Colston from her cousin Florence, Theodor's daughter:
      Ted lost the sight of one pale blue eye in an ambush fight - lads lay in wait - he was hit with a fence paling and a tin can on the head. There was a court case.
    Person ID I74  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 Christina JOSEFSKI,   b. 4 Aug 1876, Jacobsdorf, Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia (Jakubowo, Pomorskie, Poland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1966, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1894  Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
    +1. Florence Christine WENCK,   b. 17 May 1894, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1989, Oxley, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +2. Violet Martha WENCK,   b. 4 Nov 1895, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1964, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +3. Victor Reimer Carl WENCK,   b. 24 May 1897, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1963, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. Gustav Theodor Walter WENCK,   b. 5 Sep 1898, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1899, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Wallace Andrew Adolph WENCK,   b. 18 Sep 1899, Engelsburg (Kalbar), Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1901, Dalby, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +6. Harold Ewin Francis WENCK,   b. 2 May 1901, Prenzlau, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1977, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +7. Blanche Adeline WENCK,   b. 19 May 1903, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1985, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +8. Clarence Edward Stanley WENCK,   b. 15 Feb 1905, Dalby, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1996, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +9. Catherine Ruth "Kitty" WENCK,   b. 6 Mar 1906, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1984, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +10. Llewellyn Theodor Percival WENCK,   b. 8 Sep 1908, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1982, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +11. Laurence Ronald Johann "Laurie" WENCK,   b. 30 Mar 1912, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1992, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +12. Helen Muriel WENCK,   b. 25 Jan 1919, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1988, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Aug 1872 - Cluesries, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 8 Dec 1872 - Bau, Schleswig (Bov, Denmark) 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 MapsMarried - 24 Mar 1894 - Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1895 - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Sep 1960 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - Mt Thompson Crematorium - 5 Sep 1960 - Holland Park, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School teacher - - Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    WENCK, Theodor circa 1897
    WENCK, Theodor 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. [S109] Gilbert, Greg.

    2. [S94] QFHS, Queensland: School Pupils Index, ID: 179773.

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

    4. [S774] Queensland Naturalisations 1851-1904 Transcription, (findmypast.com.au), entry for Theodor Bernhard Julius Wenck 1895.

    5. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, 1960/B040209.

    6. [S111] Mt Thompson Crematorium records: staff advice, Advised by staff in phone call by Jennifer Crockett 5 May 2006.

    7. [S738] Heaven Address Resting Place, (https://www.heavenaddress.com/restingplace), Mt Thompson Crematorium.

    8. [S112] Queensland Teacher's Index 1907-1911, Compiled by Rosemary & Eric Koppittke, (Brisbane, QFHS, 1997), Feb 1907 ref 20, Apr 1907 ref 58, Jan 1909 ref 13, Apr 1909 ref 93, Aug 1909 ref 234, Jan 1911 ref 12.

    9. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1929 'MACKAY NOTES.', Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954), 21 January, p. 5, viewed 14 February, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60229005.

    10. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1894/ 000843.