Husband: Frederick Edward Augustus Wagener
Wife: Louisa Bertha Subritzky
| 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.