Niels Christian Morthensen
1855 (Hammel, Aarhus, Denmark)
Niels Christian Mortensen was born in the village
Hammel, county of Aarhus in
Denmark in 1855. He came to Bowen Queensland 12 July 1873 as passenger no 254 on the three mast
He then settled in Mackay, and bought the business of Patrick McCluskey, who was the Proprietor of a Steam Aerated Water and Cordial and Soap Factory in Peel Street, Mackay. He increased the business by the addition of a new branch in Walkerston.
In 1882 he imported a complete plant for
making ice by the ether process. He then added to his works a saw-bench and circular-saw for cutting firewood, and in 1887 commenced the manufacture of
soap, for which he has now established a fair demand. when he was interviewed
for the Aldine history of Queensland in 1888.
Hamburg departure lists (Hamburg City Historical Archives) and
Jensen , Robert Orsted, Email, 8 April 2005.
John Oxley Library Image No. 15038r
W. Frederic, (1888). The Aldine History of Queensland Illustrated, Volume
2. Sydney, NSW: The Aldine Publishing Company.
Queensland Pioneers Index, 1829-1889
Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914.
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