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The Ingvoldsen Family
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

The "HÝvding" made two voyages to Napier from Christiania (Oslo). On the first voyage in 1872 were Julius Ingvoldsen and his sister Thina Julia Ingvoldsen, and in 1873 the remainder of the family came out under the patronymic name of Syversen. The whole family on arrival in New Zealand adopted the 'etternavn/surname' of Ingvoldsen, and all the records we have of them are under that name.

The establishment of the Scandinavian settlements of Dannevirke and Norsewood were undertaken by the able-bodied men from the first voyage and helped by others who came on later ships such as the "Ballarat." The area known as "Seventy Mile Bush" some 110 Km (70 miles) south of Napier was earmarked for the Scandinavian settlements, and the first task for these men was to make the trek from Napier taking all the supplies they needed with them. The women and children stayed behind in Napier while the men cleared bush and established some initial dwellings in Norsewood and Dannevirke.

The first two members of the Ingvoldsen family to arrive at Napier were Thina Julia and her younger brother Julius on the "HÝvding" which arrived at Napier on 15 September 1872. At this stage of my research I am unable to identify what happened to Julius, and am not positive that he actually arrived in New Zealand. No record of his death has beeen found in New Zealand, and it may well be that he returned to Norway shortly after he arrived. Some mention has been made that he went 'missing', but whether that was at sea or after he arrived in New Zealand I am not sure. He certainly did not make the trek to Norsewood, as his name is not amongst the list of men known to have done so. Thina Julia Ingvoldsdatter married Carl Lindberg (of Sweden) in Napier in 1875 and though we have a list of the family members at that wedding, Julius is not amongst them.

On the second voyage of the "HÝvding" which arrived at Napier on 01 December 1873 were Ingvold Syversen and his wife Berthe Dyresdatter along with their remaining daughters Caroline, Marie, Annette and Brunhilde Ingvoldsdatter. On arrival at Napier, as previously mentioned, they adopted a common family name of Ingvoldsen . Ingvold was nearly 73 years of age when he arrived, but it is presumed that he made a living by engaging in his cabinet making trade. Marie is thought to have been blind and both she and the eldest daughter Caroline never married.

Annette and Brunhilde were both married at St.Johns Church in Napier on 03 February 1877. Annette to William Ford of Bedfont, Kent, and Brunhilde to Frederick William Thompson who was born in Malta. From these two marriages, and that of Thina Julia mentioned earlier, came the descendants of Ingvold Syversen and Berthe Dyresdatter, many of whom, disguised under other surnames, are living in New Zealand or Sweden today.

Frederick William Thompson became the first headmaster at Matamau School (located half way between Dannevirke and Norsewood), and though he died at the relatively young age of 56 in 1889, he left 4 (5??) sons for Brunhilde to raise. The second son was named William Julius and it can probably be assumed that his second name was in "memory" of Brunhilde's brother Julius whom I presume had died or gone missing by 1880. The Thompson name is still commonly found in the southern Hawkes Bay area, and probably many of those people are descended from Frederick and Brunhilde Thompson. Even though I have the surname of Carlson, they are also my great grandparents.

Under the Julius Vogel Immigration Scheme of 1870, the New Zealand government paid for the passage of selected immigrants to New Zealand and had them sign Promissory Notes in acknowledgement of this debt. Many of the immigrants were so poor, and remained so even in their new land, that most of the money was never repaid. The country as a whole gained from the endeavours of these immigrants, but the outstanding debt of these individuals remains on the records today.

Immigrants Unpaid Promissory Notes.
(Appendices to the Journals of The House Of Representatives 1892 D-3A)

INVOLSEN Julia †(spelling mistake)
INGOLDEN Julius (spelling mistake)

The above listed debt by way of Promisory Notes issued against the children would appear to cover the £45 required to be paid by their father. However, there is no record of this debt ever being paid.

Thina Julia and her husband Carl Johan Samuel Lindberg accompanied by their two young sons left New Zealand in June 1883 (following the death of Thina Julia's father Ingvold in May 1883) for England and eventually in 1892 to Sweden, where they settled. Carl was a seaman, and from the date of his marriage to Thina Julia he worked on vessels operating around the New Zealand coast.

NOTE: This is a work under progress and as more information comes to light it will be added to this page.

G B Carlson - March 2005.

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