Germany To Australia
Johann George Menz c.1817
Generation No. 1
b. about 1817,
was named as (father) on a marriage certificate of his son
Johann Friedrick Ephraim Menz in 1866.
Johann Friedrich Ephraim Menz c.1837
Marie Elisabeth Hante
Generation No. 2
Born c.1837: JOHANN
FRIEDRICH EPHRAIM MENZ
known as 'Friedrich'
Father: Johann George Menz
Mother: - name
JFE Menz signed his marriage certificate
as 'Friedrich Menz' and gave his age at the time as
29 - making his birth about 1837.
information for Friedrich was from Tucheim,
Magdeburg, Germany, and would have been born about 1837.
Australia aboard ship 'ADOLF': For some years I
couldn't prove JFE Menz & his to be wife M E Hante
came on the ship 'Adolf'. I was pretty sure it to be
them. The finding of M E Schultz formally Menz
Naturalisation at age 65 proved me to be correct.
JFE Menz left
from Hamburg aboard the ship 'ADOLF in December 1865
[see newspaper item left of page] arriving at the
Port of Adelaide SA on 20th February 1865 [see
newspaper item right of page]. Fritz Mentz
aged 28 years listed as Passenger no. 41,
Occupation 'Arbeiter/Labourer' from Tucheim, Kries,
Grenthin, Prussian Saxony.
Along with him was Passenger no. 42 Fredrrich Menz aged
16 years a blacksmith, from the same place and
passenger on the ship was passenger no. 36, a young pregnant girl
Elizabeth Hante aged 19 years, also from
Tucheim, Kries Grenthin, who became Fritz/Friedrich's wife on the 9th March 1866 17
days after their arrival.
OF 'ADOLF' Marie Elizabeth/Elizabeth Hante & Fritz/Johann Fredrich Ephraim Menz.
South Australia Left: Adolf departing Hamburg &
Right: Arrival Adelaide
Marriage: Johann 'Friedrich'
Ephraim Menz aged 29yrs married
pregnant 19year old Marie 'Elisabeth' Hante on 9th March 1866 at the
residence of Mr Neundorf / Neindorf a farmer of Kingsbelt in the
district of Gawler South Australia.
George Neundorf /
Neindorf was a
witness to the marriage. His grandparents were
George Neindorf & a Catharina Elisabeth Menz.
probable Catharina Neundorf nee Menz was a relation of
Friedrich Menz's father.
Marriage certificate 9th March
about Johann Friedrich Ephraim Menz in the South Australian Biological
Index is incorrect.
Index has his parents
as Friedrich Peter Menz & Maria Sophie Beelitz.
JFE Menz stated
on his marriage certificate his father was Johann George Menz
& his mother unnamed.
Wife Born: MARIE ELISABETH HANTE was born 6th
November 1845 at Tucheim a village and a former municipality in
the Jerichower Land district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Friedrich HANTE [other spellings found Handt - Hunter]
Shipping: Marie Elizabeth stated on her
Naturalization papers she
arrived on the ship 'Adolf' 20th February 1865 [This date
should be 1866 - Adolf left Hamburg in Dec 1865]. Also on
the voyage were a Fritz Menz soon to become her husband, and a Frederick Menz.
Death of Johann 'Friedrich'
Ephraim Menz: Friedrich died some time between
his marriage in March 1866 and his wife's remarriage
in February 1868.
The only death
registration which fits Friedrich Menz death in SA for
1866-67 is a Friedrick Menz dying at the Adelaide Hospital
South Australia on 25th August 1867. His age noted as
29yrs. The cause of death
noted as Hepatitis. No other details are given on the
The Adelaide hospital admission
register states this Friedrich was 30year old (this age
fitting his age at marriage), occupation labourer,
address Lyndoch Valley SA,
religion P, born Mecklenburg Germany (Shipping list gives
place as Tucheim which isn't that far from Mecklenburg), 2years
6months in the colony (fits with arrival February 1865),
and marital status single?. Even though the
hospital admission register states marital status as
'Single' I believe this to be my great great grandfather.
His death registration must have also been fill in by an informant
who knew nothing about him as most
columns on the death certificate were left blank. Friedrich
was buried at West Terrace Cemetery SA.
Below: Death Certificate Friedrich
Menz 25th August 1867
Below: Adelaide Hospital Admission
Only Child of Johann Friedrich Ephraim Menz & Menz
EMMA MARIA MENZ
(my great grandmother)
was born 18 Jun 1866 in Kingsbelt Sth. Australia and died 04
Feb 1943 in Drouin Vic (No.5700). She married Thomas
Allan Bruton 12 Jan 1885 in Sale Victoria, son of
Thomas Bruton & Selina nee Bodley. He was born 08 Dec 1862 in Beaumaris Moorabbin Vic, and
died 1911 in Melbourne Hospital Age 49yrs. Thomas and
Maria Bruton's family:
Fredrick Thomas, Allan Ephraim, Jessie Mable, Laura "Queenie",
Roland Edward, Hector Rupert, Eric William, Seymour Johann
Clink on this link for more detailed account of the Bruton family.
Marie Elizabeth Schultz nee Hante (Formally Menz)
Marie Elizabeth Schultz (Nee Hante & Formally Menz):
Marie Elizabeth became a Naturalised citizen of
Australia at the age of 64 years and after the death of
her 2nd husband George Schultz.
her Naturalisation application she stated she had
arrived Adelaide aboard the ship 'Adolf' in February
1865 [it was actually 1866] and that she was born on 06 December 1845 at Tucheim in the Province of Magdeburg - Germany.
is a village and a former municipality in the
Since 1 July 2009, it is part of the town
'Elizabeth' Menz Remarries : Johann Gottlieb Schultz
2nd Marriage: Marie
'Elizabeth' Menz was aged
21years when she married 25year old widower Johann
'John' Gottlieb Schultz on the 20th February
1868 at Lutheren Church Schoenborn SA. John's first
wife Anna Dorethea nee Nitschke died in 1867 possibly in child birth
with their daughter
Anna Martha Schultz who was born 1867. Anna Dorethea's parents
Nitschke & Johanne Eleonore Hirte.
Johann 'John' Gottlieb Schultz was born 9th
June 1843 at Bethany Sth Australia a son of German
Lutherans and early Bethany South Australian settlers
Johann Gottlieb Schultz Snr. & Pauline Kitta who had
arrived in Australia aboard the ship "Skjold".
Certificate Marie Elisabeth Menz & Johann 'John' Gottlieb Schultz
Move to Victoria from South Australia: John and Marie Elizabeth Schultz
moved from South Australia to Cheltenham Victoria for 5
years before moving up to Gippsland living and farming
at Morwell then Moe. They had four children of their
own: Maria, Mary, John & Charles.
Schultz died 20th August 1907 at
Elgin Street Sale aged 64years and is buried at Sale
Death: Marie Elizabeth Schultz
(formally Menz nee Hante):
Died 30th August 1931 aged 84years and is buried at the
sort from :
certificate Johann Friedrich Ephraim Menz & Marie
certificate Marie Elisabeth Menz & Johann Gottlieb Schultz
certificate of daughter Emma Maria Menz
Naturalisation papers for Elizabeth (Maria) Schultz
formally Menz nee Hante)
certificate of Marie Elisabeth Schultz
Certificate of John George Schultz
Hospital admission Friedrick Menz
certificate Friedrick Menz
Birth & Death
certificates of children
Family of Johann
'John' Gottlieb & Marie 'Elizabeth' Schultz
EMMA MARIA MENZ
born 1866 South Australia (from Marie Elizabeth's first
ANNI MARTHA SCHULTZ born 26th Oct 1867 Barossa SA
(from John's first marriage)
MARIA LYDIA SCHULTZ born 20th November 1868 Walton SA
married Charles Henry Spooner Bliss at Taradale in 1891.
Died at Caulfield Vic. 1951, aged 82yrs.
Family: Maude Mary, Sydney Charles, Mable 1894,
Irene Elsie 1985, Edna 1900, John 1902.
MARY ELIZABETH SCHULTZ born 1871 Cheltenham Vic.
married Edward James McDonough at Nth Melbourne in 1899.
Died aged 57yrs 1928 Alfred Hospital Vic. James died
Family: Una Amy 1906, Edward James 1908, Robert
JOHN FRIEDRICH AUGUST SCHULTZ born 1879 Latrobe River
Tangil shire Narracan Vic. died prior to 1931
CHARLES ALBERT SCHULTZ born 1878 Tangil Latrobe Valley
Vic. died aged 94years at Long?
The Schultz Family "BETHANY " Sth Australia
Gottlieb Schultz Snr. & Pauline Kitta arrived in Sth
Australia aboard the ship "Skjold". Bethany (or Bethanien as it was known before 1917) was
established in 1842 and was the first village to be
established in the Barrosa area by a group of German
Lutherans most of whom had arrived in South Australia
Skjold in 1841.
Gottlieb Schultz Snr. Landholder
From a list of
early residents (Landholders) adapted from the 'Acerage
and Stock Returns 1844' as published in Allen's Almanac of
NOTE: Tracing my Menz family
has been a task and if anyone has any suggestions or think
they may be connected I would appreciate help in sorting
out the facts. My Johann Friedrich Ephraim Menz doesn't
fit with any Menz families I have had contact with in
Australia. It was first thought he belonged to Peter Menz
but his marriage certificate notes his father as Johann
The Hante Family is proving
just as difficult to trace any help here would also be
Maria Emma (Menz) & Thomas Bruton &
Bethany South Australia 1st
Settlement in the Barossa Valley