Niels Christian Morthensen
1855 (Hammel, Aarhus, Denmark)
Parents: David Seidelin Mortensen & Karen Nielsen
Marriage: 8 October 1881 to August Wilhemina BANKIE
Christian Mortensen migrated from his family home 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 Hamburg (German) ironship
Herschel, (Sloman & c o 814t). Capt E.A. Freiderichs, and Surgeon
Superintendant was none other than Dr Axel Kortüm, later famous doctor
at the Palmer River goldfield.
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.
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.
Niels was joined in
Queensland by at least two siblings Victor Emanuel Mortensen (born 11
NOV 1860, Storring parish, Aarhus, Denmark he died in Queensland in
1936) and a sister Pandora Mathilde Mortensen (b 4 Jul 1869 Hammel
parish, Skanderborg county, Denmark. died in Qld 1893)
Hamburg departure lists (Hamburg City Historical Archives) and
Jensen , Robert Orsted, Email, 8 April 2005, 30 November 2009.
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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