Saturday, 22 March 2014

Henry Benzie

Henry Benzie Nov 28 1858 died 1939 son of Amelia Norburn and Robert Hammond Benzie
He married Louisa Chambers1860-1881
their children
Sydney Charles Benzie82-1963
William Benzie1884-1958
Robert Hammond Benzie1886-1972
Florence Charlotte Benzie1888-1974
Violet Amelia Benzie1888-1969
Henry Walter Benzie1900-1989

Robert Hammond born 1886 (died in Perth 10-7-1972) to Henry Benzie (1858-1939) & Louise/Louisa Chambers
The latter was born in Wellington, moved to Subiaco, Perth Australia and was a shipping manager. He joined the Australian Army Service Corps in August 1916 - his next of kin was Bertha Evelyn ? (1885-1963) of 339 Barker Rd, Subiaco, Western Australia

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Robert Hammond Benzie writes:

My father's father was, I believe Robert Hammond. He was I think the first or second generation born after the family left Scotland. He was a merchant in Maidstone and carried all his cargo by barge up the Thames, also as a general carrier. He had in his first marriage four sons. The eldest was of course Robert Hammond and carried on the business after his father. The second marriage produced three sons, one my Father (the youngest) and he was only two weeks old when his father died.

My Father or Henry married a young lady names Louisa Chambers. This young lady's father was a contractor and had a big business in Maidstone.

The Benzies and a son (Sydney Charles) left England in the sailing ship "wave Queen" in 1882 for New Zealand. (The ship was lost with all hands in her next voyage.) In 1884 William was born, myself (Robert Hammond) in 1886 and our two sisters in 1889.

In March 1896 we left New Zealand for Western Australia sailing in the Union Steamships Company's steamer "Waketipu" transshipping at Sydney onto the A.U.S.N. Company "Wahroonga" arriving at Fremantle the first week in April.

This Robert Hammond met a girl names Bertha Evelyn Aberle and married her. Bertha's fathers name was Wilhelm Christian and her Mothers maiden name was Anne Susan Roughton. This couple came out in the same sailing ship and landed in Adelaide marrying there. Mr Aberle left Germany when he was 17 years old living in England until he came to Australia.

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