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Hi My name is Natzke and while I am living in Australia I and other members of my family are searching out any information on my great grandmothers family. We know they came from Kokoszkowy in Pomerania.

The Father was a General(?) in the army, Rumour has it he was wounded in battle ,came home and died at his wife's feet.C.1870His name has been various given as August Carl von Wishnowsky or some say his name was Ferdinand von Wischnowsky.

Around about this time his two elder children August and Hermine emigrated to Australia and for reasons we dont know shortly after went to New Zealand.

Due to problems(?) after the Franco Prussian war the widow of August Carl with her childen Carl, Otto, and Franz left Hamburg to emigrate to America via London. They left on the ship Fritz Reuther on 12 April 1876. Her name has been variously given as Hermine Caroline Wischnowsky nere Kreft,Wilhelmina Wischnowsky, Henrietta Wishnowsky

However according to recent information I have received from the Kokoszkowy Village association, a letter from a Mr Borys Niewinski informs us that all those emigrating on 12 April 1876 on the Fritz Reuther were "sold like stock" to an agent from a New Zealand company recruiting migrants for five pounds a head !
Accordingly the ship sailed to New Zealand not America and arrived in Wellington Harbour 4 August 1876. There was trouble with the immigration authorities - probably because they were supposed to be in AMERICA not New Zealand!

On compassionate grounds the passengers were allowed to go ashore and eventually were sought out by a Mr Halcombe for a new development he was starting at the place that later bore his name.
My great grandfather was Otto von Wischnowsky.

My great grandmother was also aboard that sailing of that ship. She was eight years old - Auguste Emilie Wapp. She married Otto when she was 15 years old ! They had 12 children. The "Wapp" family history has been written by Stephen English in 2003 It lists all the decsendants from Otto and Auguste.I have a copy opf that book
Mr grandmother was their third child Emma Amelia Auguste Wischnowsky who married my grandfather Carl Friedrich Natzke in 1886

I would like to find information of any kind on my great grandmothers children, August von Wischnosky , Hermine von Wischnowsky, Carl von Wischnowsky, and Franz von Wischnowsky.

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on 2011-01-26 21:17:42

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by KiwiDale on 2012-10-24 03:59:10

Hi there,
I stumbled onto your post today and was amazed to read your info on the Wishnowskis. It is pretty much what I have on hand but I may be able to fill in a few gaps for you. I don't know how long ago you posted, and you may already have this info, but I'll pass it on just in case you don't. My info may not be 100% correct but I'll give you what I have and you can make of it what you will.

August Carl Ferdinand von Wishnowsky died around 1870 after a battle. I too was under the impression that he had died at his wife's feet after riding home on horseback.

Henrietta Wilhelme Kraft was the name of his wife.

I have the same info as you as to the ship's name, departure and arrival details, but I didn't know about the immigration problems and the intended destination of USA.

I have their children listed as:
1)Herman. Born 1843, d 1876 in NZ
2)August Ferdinand. b 10 Dec 1847, d 13 Apr 1935. Married Augusta who died 16 Sept 1945.
3) Hermine. b 1853, d 17 dec 1911
4) Carl. Married Wilhelmina
5) Otto. D 28 Sept 1931. Married Amelia
6) Franz Wilhelm. I have the details of a Franz Wilhelm who was born in 1866, Mersinke, Prussia. Died 29 Aug 1921 Palmerston Nth, NZ
One of these people was the father of Elizabeth Emma Helen Wishnowsky who was my Great Grandmother. She was born 2nd march 1885, and died in September 1973.

When the family settled in NZ they settled at Halcome, near Palmerston North and the stained glass window of the Lutheran church there has a plaque dedicated to the Wishnowsky family. A lot of their graves and headstones are in the churchyard there.
I took pictures of a lot of them - if you like, I can dig them out and email them to you.
I'm so glad I found your post - it pretty much confirmed the info I had, plus added to it too!
all the best :)

by Natzke on 2012-10-26 20:48:23

Hi Dale! Thanks for replying .Yes I do have a great deal of the information you supplied. While I am living in Brisbane I regularly return home to NZ. I do know the Halcome Church very well - my Mum and Dad were married there and I was baptized there.The lady in the front window of the Church is actually my great grandmother.
Trevor Wishnowsky from Auckland is compiling the family history.At the family reunion a few years ago we had lots of family photos taken of the descendants of the children you listed, as well as a group photo. I know many of my relations around Halcome and I have made enquiries to find out from which branch your great grandmother came . Our branch (Otto's descendants)are included in a book printed by Stephen English
I am returning to Palmerston North for a week in November to attend a nieces's
wedding. If you live anywhere around Palmerston, Marton Halcome Fielding perhaps we could have an eyeball?
My name of Norm email address normbergen@yahoo.com.au

by tal5 on 2013-04-09 23:19:28

Hi KiwiDale and Natzke, I am also researching the Wishnowski Family. No 4 above - Carl Frederick and Wilhelmina were my great grandparents. My grandfather was Julius Wilhelm. I would love to touch base with you both as I compile a history for my and my brothers children. My name is Tracy email: 5angels@orcon.net.nz.

by tal5 on 2013-04-09 23:56:57

KiwiDale, Emma Amelia Auguste Wishnowsky was the daughter of Otto Henrick Emil & Amelia Augusta WIshnowski. I know the names are different but my source is the NZ BDM site. She is recorded as E A A Wishnowski on the Marriage index 1905/5739. And she is Emma Augusta Natzke on the Death index 1973/26123.

by Kiwi52 on 2014-10-26 05:30:47

Hello All, I am not sure if you are aware of this but the Halcombe Church has been sold, have a look at this site for the full story.


My family had long connections to this church from the early days and there are connections with your families that have been mentioned and am always glad to share information.
Kind regards Noel Kreegher, my email is n.b.kreegher@clear.net.nz

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