A photo of LYTTLETON HARBOUR,CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND, this would be the first landfall for our brave hardy kin LANGE who made that magnificent journey from BERLINvia LONDON on the vessel HEREFORD in 1879. It is very hard to imagine the harsh and primitive conditions in those early day for our trepid kin, mud, long dresses, and having to do with the very basic of ememities, everything but everything was done by hand, I salute them! All the information I have on the LANGE LANG LAING MEIRES ancestors I have from my Mother Nellie Rosina BRYANT.
so back toLANGES, I am not a genealogist, just would like to find my roots here, so would be grateful for any information on the above families. From what my Mother has recalled, her Mother CLARA HELENA HEDWIG born in BERLIN, was four yrs old when she arrived with her parents ROSINA AND GEORGELAING ( LANG) and her younger sister Olga 2yrs old from BERLIN, GERMANY via LONDON on the vessel HEREFORD in 1879 settling inMARSHLANDS CHRISTCHURCH where the family set up MARKET GARDENS.This land could have been leased as we can find no record of ownership. CLARA did the shopping for her Mother who could not speak ENGLISH..A sonGEORGE LANG, and another sister AMY were born in their new homeland, NEW ZEALAND. When at a later date CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA husband GODFREYLANGE, (LAINGE) , died, ROSINA remarriedto a MR MEIRES. Two daughters ANNIEMEIRES and EMILY LIZZIE MEIRESwere born from this marriage. The GERMAN NAMES where changed to English, which leads me to believe the spelling of the original name was the GERMAN SPELLING OF"LANGE" ANNIEand EMILY MEIRES never married remained spinsters. I am sure I must have someLANGE/LAINGrelations in the SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND,
there also seems to be the nameSELANDER tied up with this family, see below and I would love to hear from..better still would be to find the link back to
GERMANY,/ FRANCE and where our ancestors came from..enjoy..
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My GREATGRANDMOTHER CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA WILHELMINE LAING ( LANGE) MEIRES with her daughter EMILY LIZZIE MEIRES, from her second marriage to CLAUS DIEDRICH MEIRS, after the death of her first husband GODFREY LAING ( LANGE) LYTTLETON, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
My GRAND MOTHER (standing) CLARA HELENA HEDWIG LAING (LANGE) with her sister MARTHA OLGA LAING (LANGE), LYTTLETON, SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND. CLARA married JAMES WOODLAND BRYANT. MARTHA MARRIED WILLIAM COOPER,1899 2nd marrige to BILL DAVIDSON HER SISTER ALMA LANGE MARRIED AURTHUR WIGGINS 1910
This handsome fellow is CLAUS DIEDRICH MEIER ,the second husband of CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA WILHELMINE LAING ( LANGE ) ..Mr MEIER is the father of ANNIE MEIRES AND EMILY LIZZIE MEIRES ,LYTTELTON, SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND, half sisters of my GRANDMOTHER CLARA HELENA HEDWIG LAING ( LANGE).
A lovely portrait of AMY ALMA LANGE ( who married Arthur WIGGINS ) daughter of CAROLINE ROSINA HELENA WILHELMINE LANGE AND GEORGE LAING ( LANGE) LYTTLETON NORTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND
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Well a few cousins have popped up and thats great, some more info from HAZEL LEWIS ( Australia) according to Hazel's info, the Great Grand parents Caroline and Claus Meires were running a Market Garden in MARSHLANDS, after the death of their parents, their two daughters , my Aunt Annie and Aunt Emily evidently took over the business ( Market Garden MARSHLANDS) to date I can find no proof or record of their ownership, it may have been a leasehold property?
Annie & Emily never married and had issue, so on their death whatever they owned re monies, property, passed to the Anglican Church, this I think could be correct as my Mother told the same story...thanks Hazel!