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PRINTZ FAMILY HISTORY IN NEW ZEALAND
Compiled by Colin Dean 1980 to 1998.
ceedy1@xtra.co.nz
colinprintz@hotmail.com

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The PRINTZ family in New Zealand originated in Hamburg,Germany.The N.Z. family is descended from Herman Lucas Printz who was born on the 17th Nov 1776.
Herman was christened at St.Nikolai Church in Hamburg on the 15th Dec 1776.
Little is known of his early years in Germany but it is known that he went to England and was a mercenary soldier serving as a private in the 14th Light Dragoons.
The Light Dragoons was originally raised in 1697 and in 1798 became known as the
Duchess of Yorks Light Dragoons.The Regiment was amalgamated in 1922 with the 20th Hussars to become the present 14/20th Hussars.The cavalry is now all mechanised.
Attached to the Regiment are…
14th Canadian Light Horse
14th Light Horse of Australia
20th Light Horse & Queen Alexanders Mounted Rifles of New Zealand


Whilst Herman was serving in England he married Maria Hitchens B 30th July 1792 and they had two children.They were married on the 3rd Feb 1810 at St.Michaels Church in Coventry,Warwickshire.
The only details known about their children at present is that one of the children is Sarah Magdalena PRINTZ baptised at the Holy Trinity Church,Coventry,England on the 12th March 1811.

On the 4th Sept 1813 Herman was committed for forgery by James Frampton Esq.
and sentenced to 14 years transportation.
The Dorchester Gaol Records 1813-1814 describe Herman as follows……
Aged 36 of Hamburg,soldier in the 14th Dragoons,married with two children,5ft 6 ½ in
tall,black hair,light hazel eyes,brown complexion,pitted in the face with smallpox,a large cut on the throat crosswise,two front teeth missing in the upper jaw,a cut across the middle finger,left hand.Orderly behaviour in gaol.
Herman was discharged from gaol on the 1st June 1814 and put on board the hulk "Laurel" in Portsmouth Harbour.This was a holding ship prior to Transportation and also held the overflow from the prisons.

The ship "Marquis of Wellington" left Dorset on the 1st Sept 1814 with Herman aboard and arrived at Botany Bay,Australia on the 27th Jan 1815.On arrival Herman was assigned to work for a Mr.Thomas Moore.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE COLONY.

New South Wales was founded on the 26th Jan 1788 with the arrival at Port Jackson of a first fleet of eleven ships with 759 male and female convicts.
They had been transported for terms of seven,fourteen and twenty one years.
The success of this expedition prompted the English Government to send a second fleet of six ships which arrived in 1789 crowded with approximately 1,260 convicts.Only five ships arrived at Sydney cove as the storeship HMS Guardian had struck an iceburg in the Indian Ocean. As crime increased in the British Isles,the gaols were unable to contain the criminals so a third fleet of ten vessels left England in 1791 reaching Sydney cove at various times between July and October of that year.
This was the beginning of a steady stream of ships bringing convicts to N.S.W..Most convicts sent to Australia were guilty of minor offences such as pick-pocketing,shop-lifting,thieving etc. and many of the offences involving goods of only small value.
A strange aspect of this Penal Colony was that few convicts ever did time behind bars.From the first there were more Colonists than Prisoners.Their immediate tasks were to house themselves and find food.Though a sorry and drunken bunch,they managed to build a viable community.Many went as free labour to the Military,Farmers and small Businesses etc.
Obedience was enforced to a great extent by bribery,perquisites or actual wages.The settler convicts could get flogged and this occurred to 45,000 of them between 1831 and 1837.
Early in the 18th century,settlers poured in from England and altered the character of the population leading to what it is today.

Back to Herman.
The 1820 Muster lists H.L.PRINTZ as being assigned to a Mr.Bean.
The 1821 Muster lists Herman as being emancipated and employed as the Principal Clerk at the Governments Lumber Yard.
The 1825 Muster lists Herman as Clerk to the Principal Superintendant of Convicts.

On the 31st Dec 1820 Herman was granted a Conditional Pardon and was appointed as Principal Clerk at the Governments Lumber Yard at a salary of 50 pounds per annum.His residence was Brickfields,approximately at the corner of George and Goulbourn Streets,Sydney,NSW.
Herman formed a relationship with another convict Margaret Quinn.There is no record of their marriage.
Margaret Quinn nee' O'Brian arrived in Australia aboard the ship "Canada" on the 6th Aug 1817 at the age of 23 after having been convicted in Dublin County,Ireland of stealing apparel and sentenced to seven years Penal Servitude.It is believed that Margaret escaped from on board the Harriet in December 1817 bound for the Cape of Good Hope and that she was returned aboard the "Hadlow" arriving back in Sydney on the 23rd Dec. 1818.It is recorded that her occupation in Ireland was Country Servant.
The 1817 Muster records her as being 23 years old.
The 1821 Muster as a Factory Worker.
The 1825 muster as Housekeeper to Mr.PRINTZ. The 1828 Muster lists Quinn Margaret PRINTZ Selina 7yrs
George 4yrs
Henry 2yrs
All born in the Colony,Catholic,lodgers at Thomas Hanseys,Baker,Kent St., Sydney.

The 1825 Muster for the Colony lists-
PRINTZ Herman L
PRINTZ George 2yrs
PRINTZ Selina 4yrs

Herman PRINTZ died aged 46,Bookeeper,Sydney Hospital on the 6th Dec 1827.It could be supposed that after Herman's death that Margaret took up with Thomas Hansey.

The family tree that this pertains to is that of George Valentine PRINTZ who according to the Musters ,was born in either 1823 or 1824 and not 1827 which most books quote.It also means that he came out to New Zealand at the age of 13 or 14 which makes much more sense than 10 or 11.

Selina married Samuel Spencer on the 18th Sept 1837 at St.Phillips Church,Sydney and nothing further is known.
George Valentine PRINTZ was apprenticed to the Tannery trade and he is where the rest of the family history will be about.
Henry was later known as Henry Prince and spent his time mostly in Australia but did work for his brother George in Southland N.Z. and managed one of George's farms at Otatara.He has many descendants in Australia,N.Z. and around the World.
Henry was born in July 1825.He died on the 16th Nov 1897 and is buried at St.Johns Cemetary,Invercargill.NZ
Henry married Rhoda Ann Kimpton Fenton nee' Harradence on the 24th Feb 1866.Rhoda had previously married to William Fenton on the 7th Sept 1849 at St.Peters in Melbourne and they had four children.Fenton vanished in 1854.
Rhoda was born in London on the 22nd July 1831.
Henry and Rhoda had 12 children mostly born in Australia and the last three born in NZ.

GEORGE VALENTINE PRINTZ

Born 14th Feb 1823 or 1824
Died 6th Sept 1898.Buried Riverton Cemetary,Southland.NZ. 11th Sept 1898.

The obituary which appeared in the Southland Times on the 12th Sept 1898 reads as follows____
The Late Mr.George PRINTZ.

The remains of the late Mr.George PRINTZ were laid in their last resting place at Riverton yesterday.A special train left Invercargill in the forenoon,but owing to the boisterous weather only 20 journeyed from here.A special train from Orepuki,however,brought a large number of mourners,while residents of Riverton and the surrounding Districts turned out strongly to pay their last respects.The body was conveyed to the Anglican Church,where the funeral service was conducted by the Rev.Butterfield.The pall bearers being Messers T.M.MacDonald,B.A.Dickenson,Henry Hirst,Wm.M.Tarlton and J.R.Stuck.While the cortage passed,the bell tolled at intervals and on arrival at the cemetary,eight of the leading Maoris of Riverton,Colac Bay and Wakitipu carried the coffin to the grave,into which it was lowered by the sons of the deceased.
Death this year (says the Western Star) been very busy this year amongst the pioneer settlers of Southland,the last to pass away being Mr.George Valentine PRINTZ,who died at his residence,Havelock Street,shortly after 5 o'clock on Thursday evening at the age of 71 years.
He was a strong looking man,always fresh in appearance,but during the last nine months he began to fail,although there was apparently nothing seriously the matter.He took part in the early settlers procession at the celebration of the Otago Jubilee in March last,and about three months ago was actively engaged,superintending his farm at Pahia.At that time he complained of a chest infection and gradually becoming worse,he took to his bed,but it was confidently hoped he would pull through.The last few weeks however,it became evident that his complaint was more serious than at first supposed,and his medical advisors saw that recovery was impossible.Over half a century ago he came to Riverton,and to an old friend,who had been with him in the early days,he remarked just before his death "It is 58 years since you and I used to run on the beach at Codfish Island."
George Valentine PRINTZ was born in Sydney on the 14th Feb 1827 (1823 or 1824).
His father was a German,and died when he was still very young.After his Mothers second marriage he left home at the age of 10 years (13 or 14 years). Sydney was then the centre for the South Seas commerce,and the Port from whence the numerous whaling expeditions sailed.The late John Jones had numerous vessels engaged in this industry,which periodically left for the whale and seal Depots at Preservation Inlet and Waikouaiti.George PRINTZ engaged to go with him to the Preservation Depot,where he landed in 1837,and was employed at coopering.Mr Thomas Brown of Riverton coming over from Sydney with him.
Whales were then plentiful in Preservation Inlet,four boats being constantly engaged catching.He only remained there for one season and in 1838,landed in Riverton,commonly called Jacob's River,the whaling settlement being at Tall's Point,a few natives residing on the opposite shore.
There was of course no town and not a single settler in the Western District,now one of the finest agricultural tracts in N.Z.Here he engaged with the late Captain John Howell,who was working the whaling station for John Jones.After serving for three years,he went to Bluff to work for the late John Stirling.In 1852 he returned to Sydney,thence proceeded to the Victorian Goldfields where he had many experiences,but no luck.Relinquishing digging (gold) he came back to N.Z. on a Schooner under Captain Town and joined with the late Captain Stevens in a whaling enterprise of their own.
At this time ,while waiting in the bay with a full cargo of oil,a storm came on and the vessel was wrecked.The cargo was lost,but the crew,after many hours battling with the waves reached shore, Mr.PRINTZ meantime being for several hours,dashed about in the surf,lashed to a spar.
Dissolving the partnership with Captain Stevens, he purchased a vessel for himself,the "Sarah Pile",but decided to give up the sea,and sold out to an advantage.
He then took up Burwood Station (farm,ranch) ,near Five Rivers,where he went into largely for stock,and when the Wakapitu gold diggings broke out,he made money rapidly,often getting fourty pounds for a cattle beast ,which now sell for nine pounds.He was very successful with this Station and sold out to Messers Lowe and Greenslade for the sum of 33,000 pounds,a huge sum of money in those days.He then returned to the New River (named by his father in law) where he built a large homestead,his brother who predeceased him by 12 months,managing the farm for him.
Mr.PRINTZ shortly afterwards aquired a large farm at Pahia where he raised a good strain of "shorthorns",his bull "Oxford Wild Eyes" being a well known prize taker at the various shows.
He was a very successful speculator and always very lucky in his dealings.In early life,he did not have the educational advantage,but he made up for this by an natural aptitude for business,in which he showed great shrewdness and foresight.He was always of thrifty disposition,and learned to save in days when the temptation to spend was very great,owing to there being no lack of money.From such small beginnings,he died a wealthy man.He leaves a widow,a daughter of Captain Howell,five sons and three daughters,all grown up.

(Re the selling out of Burwood Station,other records have it that it was Messers Lowe and McGregor as the purchasers).

The Death Certificate of George PRINTZ states his age at death as 71.It is very probably 74 or 75.Refer back to the Musters.It also lists his father as Armus Lucas PRINTZ.(This is understandable but incorrect).It was Herman Lucas PRINTZ.

George's farm at Pahia was 7,000 acres which after his death was split up amongst his sons.There still stands today two of the son's houses,one has two turrets and has been altered and the other which has three turrets can be seen from the main road to Orepuki.It is still very much original and has been well cared for over the years.You can still see the remains of the wiring etc. of one of the very first lighting generator sets installed in N.Z.

George Valentine PRINTZ.
His first "marriage" was to Pokurukuru daughter of Huruhuru,Chief at Oue.She was also known as Margaret Pokurukuru.She was baptised/christened by the Rev.Wholers on the 14th Feb 1855 at New River and was about 35yrs old.They refused to be married.Her case is as in Corintheans 7,13. which reads "and a woman who has an unbelieving husband,and yet he is agreeable to dwelling with her,let her not leave her husband". They were living at Sandy Point where he had 4 acres in wheat,barley and potatoes,30 head of cattle and 20 pigs.There were also 2 children in their care.George at this time is aged at about 31 yo.The remains of his stockyards can still be seen at Whalers Bay,Sandy Point Otatara which is in Southland N.Z.

His second marrige was to Catherine Rissetto nee' Acker.Catherine was born ca 1842 and died 26th Aug 1885.She was the daughter of Captain Lewis Acker and Mere Pi and was born at Ackers house on Rakiura (Stewart Island) which is one of the oldest houses still existing in N.Z.Acker carted all the rock for the house over from Southland and built his house overlooking Harrolds Bay.Catherine was baptised by the Rev.James Watkin the first missionary to settle in the South Island, on the 4th March 1844 and on the same day Lewis and Pi were married.
Catherine had previously been married to Jean Baptiste Rissetto a boatbuilder from Genoa in Italy.They were married on the 15th Dec 1860 when Catherine was 18yo.They had four children.
Catherine and George PRINTZ had 10 children in total,the last died at an early age,the last child probably being the cause of Catherine's death.

George's third and last marriage was to Matilda Jane Gordon nee' Howell B 10th Sept 1857.They married at the house of the Rev.David Gordon,Victoria St,Invercargill on the 7th June 1887.Matilda was the daughter of Captain John Howell,the founder of Riverton and had the task of raising George and Catherine's family of 8 children.She bore no children to George.

The children of George PRINTZ and Catherine Acker.

1…Annie (Airini) Louise PRINTZ B 9th Nov 1869. M 12th Feb 1900 D 26th May 1946
M Gustave Robert Harrison.

2…Ellen (Nellie) Theresa PRINTZ B 10th June 1871. D 20th May 1953
M Percival Bernard Berndston.

3…Henry (Harry) Albert PRINTZ B 1874. M 12th June 1900. D 18th Mar 1957
M Alice Maud Thomson.

4…George Gosport PRINTZ B 15thAug 1875. D 12th Aug 1947
M 1 Lilley Scanlon
M 2 Sybil Isobel Wilson

5…William Arthur PRINTZ B 22nd Aug 1877 M 2nd Feb 1902 D 2nd July 1955
M Lillian Margaret Bellett B 10th Jan 1883

6…Rachel Matilda (Tilly) PRINTZ B13th Jan 1879 D 30th May 1937
M 1 Harold Grave
M 2 Arcibald Cambell McGavock B 1873 D 21st July 1935

7…John Lous (Barney) PRINTZ B 1880 M 30th Dec 1903 D 20th Nov 1918
M Margaret Ethel Bennett

8…Rupert Leslie PRINTZ B 27th July 1883 D 26th July 1948
M 1 Ada Bennett
M 2 Alice Victoria Constance Lindsay

9…Charles PRINTZ B 10th Feb 1882 D 26th July 1882

10…Catherine PRINTZ B 26th Aug 1885 D 5th Nov 1885

More to come????

PRINTZ FAMILY TREE
HAMBURG - GERMANY
SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA
SOUTHLAND - NEW ZEALAND
Compiled by Colin Dean.
171 Matsons Ave.
Papanui.
Christchurch 8005
New Zealand
1982 - 2003
colinprintz@hotmail.com
ceedy1@xtra.co.nz

Member NZ Society of Genealogists #19606

The PRINTZ family that this Family History pertains to originated in Hamburg,Germany.It was fortunate that the records (in Gothic German style) stored in the State Archives have not been destroyed and I was able to translate them sufficiently to trace the family back to around 1645.The following traces the family from that time to the present.

Abbreviations used M = Married or Partners
B = Born
D = Died
Ca = Circa


Hans Martin PRINTZ B Ca 1620
= Anna WILLERS M 23-11-1665.They had 6 children 5m and 1f.Our history comes from the first born.

Hans PRINTZ B 1656 D 6.3.1741
= Catherina FLEGE B 30.11.1664 M 22.9.1693 D25.4.17?? Hans married twice but our family are from his first marriage.There were 5 children, all males and our family comes from the last born.

Herman Christian PRINTZ B 22.4.1701 D 6.2.1778
=Anna Maria JENGUEL B 14.12.1715 M 14.5.1736 D 14.2.1781 There were 14 children 5m 9fm.Our history comes from the eighth born.

George Heinrich PRINTZ B 10.8.1746 D 2.7.1821
=Sara Magdalena SCHMIDT B 29.2.1756 M 16.4.1776 D 9.4.1847 There were five children 2m 3fm.We follow in the steps of the first born.

Herman Lucas PRINTZ B15.12.1776.

Herman was christened at St.Nikolai Church Hamburg on the 17th.Nov.1776.Little is known of his early years but it is known that he went to England and was a Mercenary Soldier.He was a private in the 14th. Light Dragoons which was originally raised in 1697.In 1798 they became "Duchess of Yorks Light Dragoons" their honorary Colonel being Fredrica,Princess Royal of Prussia and wife of Frederick,Duke of York,C in C of the British Army.
Whilst Herman was in England he married and had two children.Details as follows.
= Maria HITCHENS B ? Christened 30.7.1792 M 3.2.1810 at St.Michael,Coventry
Warwickshire.
The only details of their children known at present is

Sarah Magdalena PRINTZ Baptised at Holy Trinity Church,Coventry.England on the 12th. of March 1811.

Henry PRINTZ b 1812
Jane PRINTZ b 1813
Both the above living at 56 Brook St.Coventry according to CLDS records.

According to the Gaol Register,Dorchester Gaol,1813-1814.

Herman Lucas PRINTZ.
Committed 4th.Sept 1813 for forgery,by James Frampton Esq.
Aged 36 of Hamburg,soldier in the 14th.Dragoons,married with two children,5 ft 61/2 ins tall,black hair,light hazel eyes,brown complexion,pitted in the face with small pox,a large cut on the throat cross-wise,two front teeth missing in the upper jaw,a cut across the back of the middle finger left hand.Orderly behaviour in gaol.

Sentenced to 14 years transportation.

Discharged from Gaol 1st. June 1814 and put on board the hulk "Laurel" in Portsmouth Harbour.(This was probably a holding ship prior to Transportation)

Herman Lucas left Dorset 1st.Sept. 1814 on the ship "Marquis of Wellington"and arrived at Botany Bay on the 27th.Jan 1815.On arrival he was assigned to work for Mr.Thomas Moore.


A brief history of the founding Colony.......

The Colony of New South Wales was founded on the 26th. Jan 1788,with the arrival in Port Jackson of a first Fleet of eleven ships with 759 male and female convicts who had been transported for terms of seven,fourteen and twenty one years.
The success of this expedition prompted the English Government to send a second Fleet of six ships in 1789 crowded with approximately 1,260 convicts.Only five ships arrived in Sydney Cove as the storeship H.M.S. Guardian had struck an iceburg in the Indian Ocean.
As crime increased in the British Isles,the jails were unable to contain the criminals so a third Fleet of ten vessels left England in 1791 reaching Sydney Cove at various times between July and October of that year.
This was the beginning of a steady stream of ships bringing convicts to N.S.W.Most convicts sent to Australia were guilty of minor offences such as pick pocketing,shop lifting thieving etc. many of the offences involving goods of only small value.
A strange aspect of this Penal Colony was that few convicts ever did time behind bars.From the first there were more Colonists than Prisoners.Their immediate tasks were to house themselves and find food.Though a sorry and often drunken bunch they managed to build a viable community.Many went as free labour to the Military,Farmers and small businesses etc.
Obedience was enforced to a great extent by bribary,perquisites or actual wages.The settlers could get convicts flogged and this occurred to 45,000 of them between 1831 and 1837.
Early in the 18th. century,settlers poured in from England and altered the character of the population leading it to what it is today.

Feb.2nd 1815.
Disembarked from the Marquis of Wellington.Forwarded to Liverpool (Sydney) for distribution.
1819 Clerk to the Principal Superintendant of convicts petitions for mitigation of sentence.
The 1820 Muster lists H.L.PRINTZ as being assigned to a Mr.Bean.
The 1821 Muster lists H.L.PRINTZ as being emancipated and employed as the Principal Clerk at the Governments Lumber Yard.He is also listed as being with wife and child.
Jan to Apr 1822
Jan to Apr 1822 Clerk at the old lumberyard.
1822 to 1825 he has a convict "assigned to him"
The 1825 Muster lists H.L.PRINTZ as Clerk to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts.

The following is the petition of H.L.PRINTZ to Governor Macquarie in 1819 leading to his emancipation.

The humble Petition of Herman Luke PRINTZ respectfully showeth

That the Petitioner arrived in The Colony by Ship Marquis of Wellington,Betham being the Master, having been tried at Dorchester in March 1814 and received Sentance for 14 years.

That Petitioner since his arrival been in the employ of Government,as Storekeeper Clerk at Liverpool,at Government House Parramatta and at present as Clerk to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts,and has always conducted himself to the entire satisfaction of his employers.

Your Petitioner from the above Statement humbly emplores Your Excellency will take his case in Consideration and grant him a Conditional pardon.

And Petitioner will ever pray
Herman L.Printz.

This Petitioner has behaved
himself to my satisfaction
since his appointment of Principal Clerk to Mister Hutchinson.
Geo Dinute ?
Major 40 Chief ?
The Petitioner has been my Clerk for the last ten months
and has behaved himself with the greatest propriety.
William Hutchinson
Principal Superintendent

On the 31st.Dec.1820 he was granted a Conditional Pardon and was appointed Principal Clerk at the Government Lumber Yard at a salary of 50 pounds per annum.His residence was Brickfields approximately on the corner of George and Goulburn Sts.
Herman formed an association with another convict Margaret Quinn (nee O'Brien.There is no record of their marriage.
Margaret Quinn arrived in Australia aboard the Canada on the 6th.Aug.1817 after having been convicted in Dublin,Ireland in July 1816 of stealing apparel and sentenced to 7 years Penal Servitude.It is believed that Margaret escaped on board the 'Harriet' in December 1817 bound for the Cape of Good Hope and that she was returned aboard the the 'Hadlow' arriving back in Sydney on the 23rd.Dec.1818.
It is recorded that her occupation in Ireland was Country Servant.
The 1817 Muster records her as being 23 years old.
The 1821 Female Muster as a Factory Worker.
The 1825 Muster as Housekeeper to Mr.PRINTZ.
The 1828 census lists PRINTZ Selina 7 years
George 4 years
Henry 2 yearsAll born in the Colony,catholic,lodgers at Thomas Hanseys,Baker,Kent St.Sydney.Also listed is Margaret Quinn.She D 1837

Herman PRINTZ died aged 46,Bookeeper,Sydney Hospital 6th.Dec.1827.
It would appear that after Herman's death Margaret took up with Thomas Hansey.


The 1825 General Muster for the Colony lists-

PRINTZ Herman.L.
PRINTZ George 2 yrs old
PRINTZ Selina 4 yrs old

The 1828 Colony Census lists

PRINTZ Selina 7 yrs.
PRINTZ George Valentine 4 yrs.
PRINTZ Henry 2 yrs.
This must mean that George Valentine was born either in 1823 or 1824 and not 1827 as most books quote.It also means that he was a boy of 13 or 14 when he came to New Zealand which makes more sense.

Selina married Samuel Spencer on the 18th.Sept. 1837 at St Philips Church, Sydney and nothing further is known.The witnesses were G C Flintoff and Mary Weston.
George Valentine was apprenticed to the Tannery trade and he is where the rest of this family history will concentrate.
Henry was later known as PRINCE and spent his time mostly in Australia but did go and work for his brother in Southland and managed one of the PRINTZ farms at Otatara.He has many descendants in Australia and elsewhere.


GEORGE VALENTINE PRINTZ

Born 14th.Feb.1823 or 1824.Brickfield Hill…cnr George and Goulborn Sts on St.Valentines day.
He died 6th Sept.1898.Buried at Riverton Cemetery 11th Sept.1898.

The Obituary which appeared in the Southland Times on the 12th.Sept.1898 reads as follows.
The Late Mr.George Printz
The remains of the late George Valentine Printz were laid in their last resting place at Riverton yesterday.A special train left Invercargill in the forenoon,but owing to the boisterous weather only 20 journeyed from here.A special train from Orepuki,however,brought a large number of mourners,while residents of Riverton and the surrounding districts turned out strongly to pay their last respects.The body was conveyed to the Anglican Church,where the funeral service was conducted by the Rev.Butterfield,the pallbearers being,Messrs.T.M.MacDonald,B.A.Dickinson, Hy Hirst,J.R.Mills,Wm.M.Tarlton and J.R.Stuck.While the cortege passed,the bell tolled at intervals and on arrival at the cemetary,eight of the leading Maoris of Riverton,Colac Bay and Wakatipu carried the coffin to the grave,into which it was lowered by the sons of the deceased.
Death has (says the Western Star) been very busy this year amongst the pioneer settlers of Southland,the last to pass away being Mr George Valentine Printz,who died at his residence,Havelock Street,shortly after 5 o'clock on Thursday evening at the age of 71 years.
He was a strong looking man,always fresh in appearance,but during the last nine months he began to fail,although there apparently was nothing seriously the matter.He took part in the early settlers procession at the celebration of Otago Jubilee in March last.and about three months ago was actively engaged,superintending his farm at Pahia.At that time he complained of a chest infection and gradually becoming worse,he took to bed,but it was confidently hoped he would pull through.The last few weeks however,it became evident that his complaint was more serious than at first supposed,and his medical advisers saw that recovery was impossible.
Over half a century ago he came to Riverton,and to an old friend,who had been with him in the early days,he remarked just before his death "It is 58 years since you and I used to run on the beach at Codfish Island"
George Valentine Printz was born in Sydney on 14th.February 1827.His father was a German,and died when he was still very young.After his mothers second marriage,he left home at 10 (14) years of age.Sydney was then,the centre for the South Seas commerce,and the port whence the numerous whaling expeditions sailed.The late John Jones had numerous vessels engaged in this industry,which periodically left for the Oil depots at Preservation and Waikouaiti.George Printz engaged to go with him to the Preservation Depot,where he landed in 1837,and was employed at Coopering,Mr Thomas Brown of Riverton coming over from Sydney with him.
Whales were then plentiful in Preservation Inlet,four boats being constantly engaged catching.He only remained there one season and in 1838,landed in Riverton,commonly called Jacob's River,the whaling settlement being at Tall's Point,a few natives residing on the opposite shore.
There was of course,no town then and not a single settler in the Western District,now one of the finest agricultural tracts in New Zealand.Here he engaged with the late Captain Howell,who was working the whaling station for John Jones,and after serving for three years,he went to the Bluff to work for the late John Stirling.In 1852,he returned to Sydney,thence proceeded to the Victorian diggings where he had many experiences but no luck.Relinquishing digging he came back to New Zealand on a schooner under Captain Town,and joined with the late Captain Stevens in a whaling enterprise of their own,at the same time stocking a peice of land near the Ferry at New River,where the first rabbits were let loose a few years susequently,with what effect,the bleak sandhills now bear silent but eloquent testimony.
At this time,while waiting in the bay with a full cargo of oil,a storm came on and the vessel was wrecked.The cargo was lost,but the crew,after many hours battling with the waves reached shore,Mr Printz,being for several hours,dashed about in the surf,lashed to a spar.
Dissolving partnership with Captain Stevens,in 1873,in Sydney,he purchased a vessel for himself.the 'Sarah Pile',for whaling off the New Zealand coast,but decided to give up the sea,and on 2nd Jan 1877 sold out to an advantage.
He then took up Burwood Station,near Five Rivers,where he went in largely for stock,and when the Wakitipu diggings broke out,he made money rapidly,often getting fourty pounds for bullocks,which now sell at nine pounds.He was very successful with this station,and sold out for thirty three thousand pounds to Messers Lowe and Greenslade.
He then returned to New River where he built a large homestead,his brother,who predeceased him by about twelve months,managing the farm for him.Mr Printz shortly afterwards aquired a large farm at Pahia where he raised a good strain of shorthorns,his bull 'Oxford Wild Eyes' being a well known prize taker at the various shows.
He was a successfull speculator and always very lucky in his dealings.In early life,he did not have an educational advantage,but he made up for this by a natural aptitude for business,in which he showed great shrewdness and foresight.He was always of thrifty disposition,and learned to save in days when the temptation to spend was very great,owing to there being no lack of money.From such a small beginning,he died a wealthy man.He leaves a widow,a daughter of Captain Howell,and five sons and three daughters,all grown up.


Re the selling out of Burwood Station other records have it as Messers Thomas Constable Lowe and John McGregor were the purchasers on the 19th. June 1868.
Burwood Station consisted of 77,000 acres and was bounded on the North by the Mavora runholding,East by the Oreti River,South by the Provincial line and West by the Mararoa River.

The death certificate of George PRINTZ states his age at death as 71.It is more like 74 or 75.It also lists his fathers name as Armus Lucas PRINTZ.This is understandable but incorrect.The death certificate lists his fathers occupation as Commissioner of Government Works Sydney.The cause of death is cancer of the lung.Apnoea 6 months.

George's farm at Pahia was 7,000 acres which after his death was split up amongst his sons.There still stands today two of the sons houses,one has two turrets and has been altered inside.It can be seen on the road to Cosy Nook.The other which has three turrets can be seen from the Main Rd.to Orepuki,it is in the main still very original and has been well cared for over the years.


George Valentine PRINTZ.
1=Pokurukuru daughter of Huruhuru,Chief at Oue.She was also known as Margaret Pokurukuru.She was baptised by Wholers on the 14th.Feb 1855 at New River and was about 35 yrs old.George PRINTZ refused to be married to her.Her case is as 1 Corinthians,7,13, which reads "and a woman who has an unbelieving husband,and yet he is agreeable to dwelling with her,let her not leave her husband".They were living at Sandy Point where he had 4 acres in wheat,barley and potatoes,30 cattle and 20 pigs.There were also 2 children in their care.G.V.P. at this stage is aged about 31 yo.The remains of his stockyards are still to be seen at Whalers Bay,Sandy Point,Otatara.
Re Huruhuru.Bishop Selwyn met him in 1844 on the Waitaki Ferry and found him to have pleasing manners and very knowledgeable about place names in Otago and Southland.

2=Catherine Rissetto nee' Acker.B 1842 D 26th Aug.1885.She was the daughter of Capt.Lewis Acker and Mere Pi and was born at Ackers house on Stewart Island which is one of the oldest houses still existing in N.Z.Acker carted all the rock over from Southland and built his house at Ackers Point.Catherine was baptised by the Rev.James Watkin on the 4th.March 1844 and on the same day Lewis and Meri Pi were married.Catherine had 4 children to John Baptiste Rissetto.Her previous husband.
Catherine and George had 10 children in total and the last two died at an early age,the last child possibly being the cause of Catherines death.
Catherine Acker's mother Meri Pi along with her brother Tiritahi were sent South from Kaiapohia Pa by their parents Hinepipiwai and Kanuia for their safety while Te Rauparaha was raiding in the South Island.
Tiritahi stayed on at the Arowhenua Pa at Temuka and many of his descendants live on there today. Pi travelled on to Otakou Pa on the Otago Peninsula.This was where she met Lewis Acker who at the time was building small boats on Stewart Island (Rakiura) and selling them to the Maoris at Otakou..

Pi and her descendants belong to the Ngaitahu / Ngatimamoe iwi (tribe)
Our Runanga (Runaka in Southern dialect) is
Tuahuriri … North Canterbury
Arowhenua… South Canterbury
Waihopai… Southland Invercargill

Ngaitahu files Meri Pii Acker
List No 972
File No 278


3=Matilda (Tilly) Jane Gordon nee' Howell B 10th.Sept.1857 D 1941.She was the daughter of Capt.John Howell the founder of Riverton.She had the task of raising George and Catherines family of 8 children.She bore no children to George.

The PRINTZ children.

1...Ellen Theresa (Nellie) PRINTZ B 10th.June 1871.D 20th.May 1953.

=...Percival Bernard BERNDSTON B 1877 D 22nd.March 1959.

They had two children 1 -Norman Cuthbert B 13th.Aug.1899.D 5th Sept.1973.
=Evelyn Grace Long B ? D 3rd.May 1978.

2 -Rena Eugenie B 14th.April 1902 M 23rd.April 1929.
=Douglas James Alexander Little B 16th.March 1901.

2...Annie Louise (Airini) PRINTZ B 1872 M 12th.Feb.1900 D 26th.May 1946.

=...Gustave Robert Harrison B 15th.Aug.1870.

They had four children 1 -Esme Airini Mollie B 4th.Oct.1901 M 9th. Oct.1938
=Robert William Ainslie B 8th.Feb.1896.D 14th.May 1971.

2 -St.Clair Rewi Temple B 22nd.Jan.1904.
=Agnes Ellen King B 22nd.June 1906.D 23rd.Aug.1971.

3 -Lonsdale Georgie (Lorna) B.2nd.July 1905.
4 -Lois Roberta B 30th.Oct.1906.M 26th Oct 1929.
D 4th.Nov 1982
=Kenneth Alfred Allen B 6th.March 1903.

3...Henry Albert (Harry) PRINTZ B 1874.Riverton. Attended Boys High.Dunedin.M 12th.June 1900.D 18th.March 1957.

=...Alice Maude Thomson B 1880 D 9th.May 1961.

They had three children 1 -Raymond Valentine B 20th.March 1902 D 23rd.March 1902.
2 -Eileen Maude B 21st.May 1903 M 23rd.March 1936.
=Guy Aspinall b 5th.July 1894 D 1st.April 1971.

3 -Albert Henry B 19th.Nov.1908 M 16th.Aug.1952.
D25th.Sept.1968
=Sheila May Stuck B 11th.May 1918.

4...George Gosport PRINTZ B 15th.Aug.1875 D 12th.Aug.1947.

1=.Lilley Scanlon…No issue.
2=.Sybil Isobel Wilson…No issue.

5...William Arthur PRINTZ B 22nd.Aug.1877 M 2nd.Feb.1902.D 2nd.July 1955.

=..Lillian Margaret Bellett.B 10th.Jan.1883.
They had four children 1.-Doris Catherine Valentine B 28th.Dec.1901.
1=James Galbraith Wade B ? D 5th/April 1949.
2=James Hikoata Terangi Manning B ? D 25th.Sept.1977.

2.-Isobel Mary B 28th.Sept.1904.D 7th.March 1979.
1=Reginald William Murray
2=William Taipana
3=Eric Raymond Dean

3.-William Leslie aka Basil B 11th.Jan 1914.
D 2nd.Aug.1992.
1=Hilda Ede
2=Doris Berkett
3=Patricia Baird
4=Fay Schumaker
5=Kathleen June Sheddon

4.-John Rewi Gordon B 27th June 1920.Bur.20th.Aug.1971.
1=Maida Narne Cussen.B 11th.July 1918. Riverton.NZ.
2=Florence McPherson B 29th. June 1918.

6...Rachel Matilda (Tilly) PRINTZ B 13th Jan.1879.D 30th.May 1937.

1= Harold Grave
They had two children.
1.-Clarice Valentine B 1901 D 23rd.Nov 1918.
2.-Leslie Mona B 1904 D 1stOct.1925.

2= Archibald Campbell McGavock B 1873 D 21st.July 1935.

7...John Louis (Barney) PRINTZ B 1880.Riverton. M 30th.Dec.1903 D 20th.Nov.1918.

=...Margaret Ethel Bennett.Daughter of Samuel Bennett of Orepuki.
They had four children 1.-Louis Valentine B 4th.Aug.1904.D 30th.Nov.1918.
2.-Ruruhera Maud B 13th.Nov.1905.D 1955.
= Alfred Vincent Tull.
3.-Rena Victoria B 24th.Aug.1907.D 18th Aug.1975.
1= Charles Barnes
2= Royston Jeffrey McKeitch
4.-John Bennett B 26th.July 1909 D 30th.Aug.1909.

8...Rupert Leslie PRINTZ B 27th July 1883.D 26th July 1948.

1=Ada Bennett
2=Alice Victoria Constance Lindsay B 1848 D 21st.Jan.1967.

8...Charles PRINTZ B 26th July 1882.D 27th.July 1882.

9...Catherine PRINTZ B 26th.Aug.1885.D 5th.Nov.1885.

Catherine PRINTZ died on the 26th.Aug.1885 so it is assumed that she died giving birth to Catherine.

There is much written about the PRINTZ family and the following excerpts are noted.

Orepuki Racing Club annual races held Wed.February 9th.1910.
"The office bearers included racing personalities whose names will still be remembered.They were - President Mr.H.Hirst,Vice Presidents Messers K.D'Arcy,
J.L.PRINTZ,J.W.McIntyre,W.Crowther,D.Whelan,I.Baty,W.PRINTZ,G.PRINTZ,
A.McPherson,W.H.Alexander,F.Small,A.McGavock,W.Hopgood etc."

In 1873 he bought the brigantine "Sarah Pile" in Sydney for whaling off the New Zealand coast.He arrived back at Invercargill on 4th.May 1873.George sold the ship on 2nd.Jan.1877.

The New Zealand Year Book of 1917 lists the following PRINTZ family.
John Lewis…farmer…Orepuki
Henry Albert…farmer…Pahia
George…farmer…Pahia
Rupert L…electrical engineer…Don St.Invercargill
Wm Arthur…Railway Private Hotel…Leven St.Invercargill.

In Mr Ro.Carrick's "Historical Records of N.Z. South" there is the following interesting paragraph-
"George Valentine PRINTZ of Riverton (now deceased) was in 1841 a lad of 14 or 15 years old.He made two trips round the Southwest coast of N.Z. as ship's boy in a sealer,attending on gangs.He made his third voyage to the Islands.The Aucklands were then known to the sealers as Bristow Land.They anchored in Sarah's Bosom (Port Ross),named after the craft in which Bristow discovered the Islands.In all they landed 14 men.PRINTZ being one of the number.The Island on which they landed was a flat country,with sand dunes and shingle beaches.During their first weeks stay they met with excellent sport and knocked down seals on the open beaches.They also met wild pigs.PRINTZ there learned the art of killing seals by tapping them on the nose.In one of their raids they visited the further end of the Island.Returning to their old quarters thy discovered a craft at anchor.Communicating therewith,they ascertained she brought a lot of Maoris from the Chatam Islands.One of the Maoris had been on the Aucklands previously in a whaler,and it was his advice they came hither.They were not communicative as to the reason of their migration,and,after equivocating,the sealers were lead to understand it arose out of tribal disputes.In further communication they ascertained from the Maori,who had been on the Island previously,a most valuable part of the seal trade was to be found on the Western shores of the Island.Unlike the Eastern side it was bold,precipitous,and the rookeries in many cases were at a hight above the cliffs.Acting on that information,The gang shifted to North Port.From hence they worked down into the rookeries under Blackness Point.Results were satisfactory.Re-connoitring the coast,they determined upon raiding a rookery from the shore.

A THRILLING OCCURANCE.
They arranged the boat party should direct them to the spot,and that the sealers should lower themselves down the cliffs.Carcases were to be sent over the precipice and caught by the boating party.A slant of weather was got,and the arrangement so far succeeded.Seven sealers were slung over the rocks to a ledge 300ft. down.Getting inside the rookery,it was found to be a huge aperture,with shelving rocks or platforms 6ft. and 8ft. above the floor.A goodly number of seals lay sretched out,and to the hasty despatch of these the strikers directed attention.Getting into a disturbed state,the seals resting on the shelves and ledges unexpectedly made a simultaneous movement,which brought the herd pell-mell down on the top of the sealers.In the darkness and confusion it proved a most disasterous encounter,the dead and dying carcases getting piled up at the entrance to the cave until exit and light were closed out.One man battled his way into a crevice clear of the seals,and after a time succeeded in striking a light.Feeding the light with blubber,a flame was raised,which enabled two of the others to find their way towards him.None of the three were seriously injured.A fourth was also rescued but he was to a great extent helpless.A fifth was wedged in amongst the seals,and as some of them were alive and dangerous,they had to be killed before he could be rescued.Having lost their clubs in the melee,some time elapsed before they were found.Proceeding to clear away the entrance they got the bodies of the other two,dreadfully torn and mangled,amongst the mass of seals.They were wrapped in sealskins and lowered down the cliff,from whence they were consigned to the sea.(From personal recollections supplied by the late Mr George PRINTZ).

From the book KELLY OF INVERKELLY

George Valentine PRINTZ (1827-1898)
PRINTZ was born at Brickfield Hill,Sydney,on Valentines Day-14th.February,but there is some doubt whether the year was 1826 or 1827.(in reality…from the Sydney Musters …it must have been 1823 or 1824).When he was very young his father died and his mother remarried,and while still a lad PRINTZ was apprenticed to the tanning trade.John Jones knew the family and invited the lad to come to New Zealand and become a cooper,with the result that PRINTZ at the age of 10 (14) reached Preservation Inlet in the last year of the whaling station,working as mate to Owen McShane.He became known to the Maoris as Poi Toi (Teoti)-Boy George.
The Preservation Station was abandoned at the end of that season,and Boy George went to Codfish Island and joined one or two sealing expeditions round the Sounds.When the Jacobs River Station was set up,McShane was employed as cooper and sent across to Codfish Island for his former assistant.There is a story also of a whale being tried out on the beach at Pahia,where the natives performed an impressive war dance.The whalers cooked some rice,and Boy George fed one of the chiefs with a mussel shell.The rice was hot and the Maori's reaction was still a gratifying memory to PRINTZ in his later years.
In 1851 and possibly earlier,PRINTZ was at Sandy Point,with four acres of wheat,barley and potatoes,30 cattle,20 pigs,a horse and a spirit still.Two small children were in his care - Henry Whitelock, a son of "Bungaree" and Magpie,a Native orphan.He bought out McCoy when the latter sold his cattle to McDonald Sinclair and removed to Otara.We have already had Robert's references to his supplying beef,etc,to the rural settlers at Kelly's Point,and J.T.Thomson in '56 recorded his "lower station" at Sandy Point and his "upper station" above the present bridge to Oreti Sands.At this time also he had a residence in Riverton,built of Australian timber which he had brought.over after an expedition to the Victorian goldfields.
PRINTZ made an application for his New River run,but it was within the area reserved for closer settlement,and he took up Burwood,Run 300B (a).The records show that he was granted a licence from 21st.November,1858.so that the run was then stocked,and the boundries were from Mount Hamilton to Princhester Creek.One wonders whether the latter was named after him.The homestead in those days was on the Oreti,above the present Centre Hill homestead,and there a township of Burwood is still shown on the map.PRINTZ sold out at a good figure to T.C.Low and J.McGregor,who proceeded to lose through the invasion of rabbits some of the money they had made in the Arrow Gorge with Fox.
George PRINTZ married Pokuru (pronounced Boguru in the southern dialect) a daughter of the chief Huruhuru at Oue but there were no children;then Lewis Ackers daughter Catherine,the mother of the PRINTZ family;and lastly Matilda,daughter of Captain John Howell.
He took up a farm at New River,later managed by his brother Harry Prince (as the latter preferred to spell the name),and George PRINTZ took up large areas of cattle country at Pahia and specialised in shorthorns.He was as successful on the land as on the sea,and left a considerable fortune when he died at Riverton on 8th,September,1898.

From the book "PIONEER RECOLLECTIONS" by Herries Beattie.

Herries Beattie acknowledges that these notes came from those of Mr.R.McNab.
These notes were taken down in 1898 just a few months before George PRINTZ'S
death.
The narrative runs as follows-
My early days were spent in Sydney,where as a mere lad I was apprenticed to the tannery trade.The way I happened to come out to New Zealand was in this wise.One day I was sitting nursing my employees baby when Mr.Johnny Jones passed by,and knowing me asked how I was getting on at my trade.My answer was doing nothing but sharpening knives and nursing babies.He told me to go to Bunkers Hill,where he lived,and he would see me again.I went out and remember that Mrs.Jones gave me a drink of white wine.When Mr.Jones came he asked me how I would like to go to New Zealand and be a cooper in his employ.He fired my young ambition by saying I would get cocoanuts and bananas and all manner of nice things.This dazzling prospect delighted me right down to the ground,and of course my reply was that I would like to go to such an inviting spot.

From Herries Beattie 'Unpublished Notes'
Names of the whalers.
A list published in 1898 of those who were whaling at Bluff in the early days enumerates the following… (with asterisk still there 1911)
William Stirling *
Davis
Dellis
Jim Spencer *
Paddy Gilroy *
George Printz
Jack McDonald*
Jack Tiger
McGregor
William Shepherd
Archie ???? (surname unknown)
Further to the above with asterisks,it is noted that the 1911 list adds the following
Jack Gregory
Captain Anglem
Ned Palmer
Dick Sisemore
Joe Hoare and a man named Gosslyn
Another list mentions Stirling..Spencer..Gilroy..Printz..Anglem..Jack Tiger..Archie???..Edwin Palmer..Gregory..Johnny & Bill Parker..Buller..Graham..Hoare..Davis..Sisemore..Dallas..McDonald..Newton..McGregor..Gosslyn..McShane..Wm Shepard..& Harry McCoy.
Wm Spencer added the following names..Jack Owen..Stewart Coupar..B.Lowry..James Wybrow & Scotch John.


My Adopted Country.

"Mr.Jones sent me down in one of the ships to Preservation Inlet,where he owned the shore whaling.That was about 1838,as near as I can remember.I was at Preservation Inlet for about a year,but the season was not a good one and the station was broken up,that being its last year.My next move was to proceed to Codfish Island,where there were a number of sealers.The sealers worked on the western coast,and as there was no place there suitable for growing their food it was arranged with the natives that they should have the little Island.I don't think that they were sent there because the natives wanted to prevent them kicking up rows but simply because it was a very good Island on which to grow potatoes.I remained there until the next whaling season came on,when Johnny Jones set up a whaling establishment at Riverton.The old cooper employed at this new station was the same man who had worked at Preservation Inlet,and he said he must have his mate,the boy-that was me of course-to work with him.I was about 14 years old at the time.

From the NZ Encyclopedia
1859 Runholder,George Printz - Whaler & Ex Whaler,Burwood and Aparima Shore Whaler.
Printz owned the 'Éclair' over 100 ton.
George Printz came from Sydney in 1839 and ate his Xmas dinner at Preservation Inlet with Captain Peter Williams…Boatman and the following year came to Aparima.On one occasion,he said they had neither bread nor potatoes for over 3 months and were glad to get Maori cabbage to eat.

Excerpts from A Story of Misadventure

One of Southlands earliest landowners was a remittance man.An act of capricious fate brought him to New Zealand in the early 1850s.John McKay was drinking in the bar of a Sydney hotel when he was joined by a whaler,George Printz.They chummed up and made an evening of it for Printz had time on his hands.He was sailing on the midnight tide with cargo for the sealing and whaling stations at Stewart Island and places around the Southland Coast,backloading with oil and blubber.
McKay offered to walk his new friend back to the wharf and watch the boat sail.When he said he was feeling sleepy Printz invited him to go below and rest.He probably assured Mckay he would call him in good time.The ship had cleared the harbour when he woke but the disconcerted mariner would not,or could not,take him back to Sydney.Landfall on this particular voyage was Jacobs River, Riverton.
McKay arrived in Jacobs River when the whaling industry had all but collapsed and the owner of the Station,Captain John Howell was urging his men to turn to farming.
McKays new friend,George Printz was a notable pioneer too,although he never enjoyed Howells prominence or degree of wealth.He has been described as a man of great energy and foresight.Like Howell his adult life was a far cry from his humble beginnings.He was born in Sydney in 1827 and later apprenticed to the tanning trade.He was only 10 when when he arrived at the whaling station at Preservation Inlet.When the station was abandoned he went to Riverton and later became a whaler and sealer on his own account.


From Hall-Jones book "Goldfields of the South"
In 1880 a six stamper battery,Printz's battery,was erected in the midst of thick forest on the East side of the Longwoods.Driven by steam it was named after it's principal promoter George Printz,one of the pioneer runholders of Southland.It began well with a first crushing of 58 tons of quartz yielding 47 ounces of gold.But then the reef suddenly ran out and although short tunnels were put out in every direction it could not be picked up again.After only one year of operating the battery had to close down.
Nevertheless Printz's battery still stands proudly in the depths of Longwood forest today.

From Stevan Eldred-Griggs book "The Rich"
Page 14.
Southland for instance,supported the wealth of two or three whaling bosses who came ashore and turned themselves in to landowners.CaptainWilliamStevens,anEnglishman of the manliest and most wholesome' type' founded a whaling station at Riverton and later became the proprieter of sheep stations.A partner was George Valentine PRINTZ,son of a colonial shopkeeper,apprenticed to the trade of cooper,who ended up at the age of ten as coopers mate on a whaling station in Southland.PRINTZ traded in beef,wool and flax,and by the end of his life he was a wealthy landowner,breeder of Shorthorns and proprietor of a gold battery.
(George Valentine's father was not a shopkeeper or baker as is reported in several books.He was a bookkeeper.)

Page 128.
George Valentine PRINTZ for his part fathered numerous children,but family wealth went fast after his death.PRINTZ property was divided between three daughters and five sons who settled into robust lives as provincial burgesses of Southland,William Arthur PRINTZ,fond of the bottle,was a sheepfarmer at the age of twenty…set up handsomely by his father-but looked 'low' when he wed the daughter of a publican in St.Kilda.By the age of forty William himself was a hotel proprietor and like many publicans found his profits liquid.By the age of sixty he was a labourer.
A drop from the top to the bottom of the social heap in a single lifetime was not common.Descendants of city capitalists most often found that wealth took two or three generations to slowly ebb.

Books with references to PRINTZ - ACKER - MAORI ancestry…..

NGAI TAHU LAND RIGHTS HARRY C EVISON
NGAI TAHU LAND RIGHTS SUPPLEMENTS 1-20
HARRY EVISON
JOHN JONES OF OTAGO ALFRED ECCLES & A H REED
SAWDUST & SCHOLARS MARILYN BUNCE
MR SURVEYOR THOMSON JOHN HALL-JONES & A H REED
OTAKOU SCHOOL REUNION 1982
MAORI & MISSIONARY REV.T A PYBUS
WEST TO THE FIORDS F W G MILLER
THE STEWART ISLANDERS OLGA SANSOM
RAKIURA BASIL HOWARD
KING OF THE BLUFF F G HALL-JONES
PAHIA 1820 - 1985 PAHIA SCHOOL
RECORDS OF EARLY RIVERTON
COLAC BAY COLAC BAY BOOK COMMITTEE
GOLDFIELDS OF THE SOUTH JOHN HALL-JONES MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN RUNS
H.BEATTIE
THE SOUTH EXPLORED JOHN HALL-JONES
STEWART ISLAND VISITORS GUIDE
DICTIONARY OF NZ BIOGRAPHY VOL I
FROM GOLDFIELD TO FIELDS OF GREEN
MARJORY A SMITH


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