Peter Griebel & Emilia Bratz
The Family
Peter and Emilia's family were:
G2 Peter Griebel
(1841 - 1917)
= 1873 Emila Bratz
(ca 1854 - 1934)
Peter Griebel married Emilia Bratz, another German emigrant, in Kaiapoi, Canterbury in 1873.

The family history says that Emilia and Peter Griebel knew each other in Germany, but given the distances between their birthplaces (over 1000 km) and the political situation, this seems unlikely.

Peter and Maria Emigrate
Peter and Maria Griebel, brother and sister, emigated to New Zealand from Germany on the Zealandia, leaving London on 23 September 1870 and arriving at Lyttelton on 23 December 1870. It is not know how or when they travelled to London.

The most likely reason they left Germany was that Napoleon III had declared war on Prussia on July 19, 1870 (see Griebel Family). It would therefore seem likely that they were fleeing the war and mobilisation (Germany delivered 380,000 troops to the forward zone within 18 days of the start of mobilization on July 14).

They must have known the Ellenbergers from the same town (see below), who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1863. It would seem likely that they followed them to New Zealand. A further attraction may have been the Vogel Scheme, which started in early 1870.

Kindenheim Crest


Notes & References
  1. Historical Maps of Germany