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This file contains data about the various WAGENER families traced in New Zealand. In most of the case we have identified these families derive from the one man who came from Maldon in Victoria, Australia. He married into the SUBRITZKY family and had several children, and those children begat a million more and nowadays they seem to outnumber the original Maldon ancestors. Corrections and input would very much be appreciated.
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Edward Wagener travelled to New Zealand in 1883 at the age of 21, hoping to work on the Subritzky estate, but in fact this did not happen, partly because the Subritzkys were beginning to feel harder times. He did however marry his second cousin Louisa, who was a widow with one son.
He was an engineer by trade, and when work was not available in the north he went to Auckland to work at his trade. His new wife reluctantly joined him, for she was a creature of the wild open beaches and the cattle runs of her father's extensive estates.When economics worsened and the family returned to Maldon, Louisa felt as if she was in exile, although Edward became manager of the town gasworks and was happy enough.
When the Subritzky fortunes in New Zealand ebbed to where the homestead property was to be sold, Louisa begged her husband to return to New Zealand and secure her roots. This they did, and Edward began a new life alongside the placid waters of Houhora Harbour. There he established a blacksmith's shop and a reputation for eccentricity, for he had what was probably the first 'wireless' in the district, and would ride his penny-farthing bicycle down the nearby East Beach, much to the amusement of the Maoris. In Maldon he had been a cycle club champion, and was mad about bikes.
Husband: Frederick Edward Augustus Wagener

Born: 6 JUN 1862 at: Maldon, Victoria, Australia Married: 11 JAN 1884 at: Kaitaia, New Zealand Died: 20 JUL 1944 at: Houhora, New Zealand Bur: at: Mt Camel cemetery, across the harbour from the Subritzky homestead. Father:Edward Ferdinand Wagener Mother:Louisa Sophia Doris Spanhake Other Spouses:

   Wife: Louisa Bertha Subritzky

Born: 23 SEP 1856 at: Maldon, Victoria, Australia Died: 19 AUG 1935 at: Houhora, New Zealand Bur: at: Mt Camel cemetery, across the harbour from the Subritzky homestead. Father:Ludolf Johann Heinrich Subritzky Mother:Marie Christina Sophia Westphal Other Spouses: John Edward Leyland
Louisa Subritzky grew up as what we would nowadays call a 'tomboy', riding horses with her hair tucked up under a man's cap, standing in the stirrups at a gallop, firing a rifle and laughing as she came.

She grew up to enjoy brief happiness in Napier during a compatible marriage to John Edward Leyland, who had worked as a drover for the Subritzky family in the far North. After his sudden death she found he could not fit in with her Napier in-laws' conventional ways, and so returned with her small son Ludolph ('Lu') to her father's family. In January 1884 she married her second cousin Edward Wagener, who had come from Maldon in Victoria expecting to work on the Subritzky estate.

When this work did not eventuate Edward was forced to go to Auckland to work at his own trade as engineer and blacksmith. Louisa reluctantly joined him there in their city home, but was always looking for the family ships bringing news and visitors from her beloved Far North.

When a great economic depression set in Edward took Louisa, Lu and their more recent children Fred and Hally back to Maldon. There he became the manager of the gasworks, and was settled and happy, but Louisa always pined for her Houhora home, and when she heard the Subritzky property at Houhora was to be sold she could stand exile no longer, and pressed her husband to travel to New Zealand once again with their now extended family of seven, there to buy the family property.

Incidently, this to-ing and fro-ing of the family explains how it was that Bert Wagener (son of Edward and Louisa) became known as 'Possum', for he was constantly reminded of his Australian birth by the other, wilder kids at school, and the name stuck throughout his life. He never returned to the land of his birth.
[Condensed from Alice Evans' 'Teatree Berry Kid']

Name: Albert Ulysses (Bert 'Possum') Wagener Born: 24 OCT 1887 at: Maldon, Victoria, Australia Married: 25 AUG 1910 at: Pukenui, New Zealand Died: 21 NOV 1982 at: Kaitaia, New Zealand Spouses: Lillian Woodleigh Thomas
Name: Frederick Ferdinand Wagener Born: 27 SEP 1884 at: Auckland, New Zealand Married: at: Died: 7 OCT 1960 at: Houhora, New Zealand Spouses:
Name: Harold Bernard (Hally) Wagener Born: 30 JAN 1886 at: Auckland, New Zealand Married: 16 JUN 1913 at: Houhora, New Zealand Died: 8 SEP 1965 at: Houhora, New Zealand Spouses: Daisy Colina Smith
Name: Percy Melville Wagener Born: 5 OCT 1891 at: Maldon, Victoria, Australia Married: 1 APR 1928 at: Kaitaia, New Zealand Died: 23 JAN 1969 at: Kaitaia Spouses: Rosa Victoria (Rose) Osborne
Name: Wilfred Ernest Wagener Born: 12 AUG 1893 at: Maldon, Victoria, Australia Married: at: Died: 3 JUL 1916 at: Belgium Spouses:
Name: Maud Winifred Wagener Born: 21 FEB 1890 at: Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Married: 24 APR 1911 at: Pukenui, New Zealand Died: 14 SEP 1981 at: Whangarei, New Zealand Spouses: William John Steed