David Benge (1813 - 1876) MP

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Birthplace: Marden, Kent, England
Death: Died in Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation: Sawyer, Farmer
Managed by: Jason Wills
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About David Benge

Benge, David, who is said to have been one of the earliest settler in Upper Hutt, was born in Mardingbeach, Kent, England. Arriving in Wellington in 1841 by the ship Catherine Stewart Forbes', Mr Benge at once set to work to clear land at Taita, continuing till the great flood in the Hutt Valley washed away all his belongings. HE then removed to Mungaroa, where, with his sons, he acquired an interest in, and ultimately bought, the Mungaroa sawmill, which they worked for a great many years. In 1875 Mr Benge died, and his widow succumbed two years later, leaving six sons - Messrs. John, David and Samuel - now farmers at Mungaroa, Edward - a retired farmer at Upper Hutt, Reuben - a sawmiller at Carterton, and Benjamin - a farmer at Ashurst. The sawmill was worked by the sons till 1888, when it was sold. Mr Benge senr, like most of the early settlers, saw active service in the militia, during the first few years in the Hutt Valley.

IMMIGRATION: Immigrated on the "Catherine Stewart Forbes" 1st Feb 1841- 11 June 1841.

OCCUPATION: Active service in the Militia in his 1sr yrs in the Hutt Valley and then went on to become a farmer and invested in the Collins Creek Mill.

ADDRESSES: Bought 316 Acres in the Hutt area.

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David Benge's Timeline

February 6, 1813
Marden, Kent, England
Age 19
September 1, 1836
Age 23
Marden, Kent, United Kingdom
November 18, 1836
Age 23
Marden, Kent, England
October 18, 1841
Age 28
Marden, Kent, England
October 22, 1844
Age 31
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
October 16, 1847
Age 34
November 18, 1849
Age 36
New Zealand
June 5, 1851
Age 38
Mangaroa, Wellington, New Zealand
November 7, 1852
Age 39
Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand