From the shipping records we know that she was 18 years old and came from Lessen W. Preussen. It is interesing to note that there were 18 people from Lessen on the boa, which seems to imply that she was part of a group who decided to travel to New Zealand.
At that time the Vogel scheme was in place. The schemes aim was to attract immigrants from the UK, Ireland and the continent in order to build infrastructure such as roads and railways. While te mainGerman immigrants arrived a few years later, it is likely that the scheme was advertised in Germany at that time.
See The Griebel Family for more background.
In August the same year a Mary Bratz, aged 19, emigrated from Hamburg to the USA on the Cumberland. She may have been Emilie's sister?
About a year after her arrival on 18th December 1873, Emilia married Peter Griebel in Kaiapoi, Canterbury. Peter, from Steinbach Donnersberg near to Frankfurt, had emigrated to New Zealand from Germany in 1870 with his sister Maria. Emilie and Peter's story is continued here.
At the time Lessen was in West Prussia near the border between East & West Prussia (see map below)1. It is interesting to look at the maps on this site to see the many changes in borders in Germany through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Lessen today is in Poland and is now called . It is about 30 km East of (Graudenz) on the road to Ilawa, some 200 km south of Gdansk in the province of Bydgoszcz (ger. Bromberg).
From the distribution of the Bratz family in 1990 (see opposite), the family is still living in the same general area despite the major disturbances of the last 150 years.
Thse are the Lasin Flag and Crests - from the Lasin town web-site: