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Jacob Andersen Bak (Andersen Bach)

Birthplace: Harboøre, Lemvig Municipality, Central Denmark Region, Denmark
Death: August 19, 1916 (80)
Norsewood, Tararua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand (senility, congestion of lungs)
Place of Burial: Norsewood, Tararua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Anders Thomasen Bak and Kristen Margrethe Jacobsdatter
Husband of Karin Maria Bak (nee Pedersdatter)
Father of Kirstine Andersen Lassen; Anders Andersen Bak; Maren Andersen Bak; Margarethe Andersen Bak and Peder Cristian Bak

Occupation: journeyman and ropemaker (Denmark), settler and farmer (New Zealand)
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About Jacob Andersen Bak

He emigrated on 13 Jun 1872 from Denmark via Gravesend, London, E, aboard the vessel "Ballarat". He arrived on 15 Sep 1872 to the port of Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Two Ships: the Høvding and the Ballarat

On 15 Sep 1872, two immigrant ships arrived at Napier - the Høvding, with Norwegian and Swedish immigrants, and the Ballarat, with Danish immigrants. These people formed the nuclei of the Norsewood and Dannevirke settlements.

They arrived at Norsewood on 14 Oct 1872. The men who were to settle at Dannevirke helped the Norsewood settlers for a few weeks, then set out for Dannevirke.

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4729, 21 October 1872, Page 2, Column 5

   A correspondent sends the Hawkes's Bay Herald the following with reference to the arrival of the Scandinavian settlers at the Forty-mile Bush:— "The women and children, about 250 souls in all, having left Napier on Wednesday, October 2nd, arrived on the following Friday afternoon at a spot within a mile of the camp in the bush. This last mile had to be walked. All the men turned out to meet their families, and had a pretty busy time of it, carrying babies and luggage. From Saturday to Tuesday it was raining almost continually, and the weather was very cold. There was much snow on the Ruahine. This was rather an unpleasant situation for the new-comers. However, there was no complaining. All tried to make the best of it. Many families have already left the common camp for the picturesque huts on their own sections. Sixty-three 40-acre sections will be occupied by the Norwegians; they are grouped around an intended township, to be called Norsewood, in the laying out ot which Messrs. Ross and Mitchell have lately been engaged. You find in Norsewood—at least on the plan—Odin street, Thor-street, Carl-street, Eric-street, Viking-street, Hovding-street,and so on. One store as yet represents the township. Some casualties have occurred; the most serious was a broken leg, the others were of a trifling character. The people are contented and full of gratitude for the kindness they have received from all, both in town and country. Twenty-two families are going to settle on another block, some 14 miles further in the bush."

Listed as Just Andersen Bach on birth of Kirstine. Seems to be an error in the records.

He joined the Lutheran church.

   One of first settlers at Dannevirke, Tararua, New Zealand.
   Took up Section 28 (40 acres), Graham Street, Dannevirke.
   Moved to Norsewood early 1900s ("Dannevirke The Early Years" by Rob McDonald, p65).
   Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XX, Issue 3834, 29 January 1877, Page 2
   Thursday, January 25.
   (Before Col. HERRICK, J. P., Chairman, J. M. STOKES, Esq., J.P., E. HARDING, Esq., J. P., and B. E. FRIBERG, Esq., J.P.)
   BAK v. JACOBSEN. — The parties were Scandinavians residing at Danevirk, and the defendant had maltreated the plaintiff's cow for alleged trespass, and the plaintiff claimed £10. The Court awarded £2 and 13s costs.
   Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 6153, 25 January 1882, Page 3
   The meeting of householders was held in the school-room, Mr Thomas MILLER in the chair. The outgoing committee's report and balance-sheet were read and adopted. The following were elected as the new committee: — Messrs James ALLARDICE, Anton BIRUKIN, Bernt AMIMASEN, Rasmus E. RASMUSSEN, Thomas MILLER, Christian LARSEN, and Jacob BAK. At the meeting of the committee Mr ALLARDICE was elected chairman, and Mr A. P. TENNANT secretary.
   Bush Advocate, Volume II, Issue 146, 16 April 1889, Page 2
   Some of the streets in Danevirke will be much improved in appearance when the footpaths, which Mr J. BAK is now forming, are completed. It would add very much to the improvement of tho town if the railway crossing near the Junction Hotel were carried straight through in line with the street, instead of being deviated as at present. Can nothing be done to have the crossing put in its proper place?
   Bush Advocate, Volume III, Issue 208, 7 September 1889, Page 2
   A remarkable thing happened in Danevirke on Wednesday. Mr J. BAK is the owner of a two year old bull and on the day in question as Mr BAK's son, a youth of 16, was crossing the paddock, the animal gave chase. The boy picked up a stone and let fly at the bull. The missile struck its mark fair on the forehead and the bull dropped — stone dead.
   Bush Advocate, Volume IV, Issue 285, 8 March 1890, Page 2
   From Mr J. BAK (re-read from last month) asking for reduction of rates. — Cr MACKAY said he had asked some people in his district, and he had been told that BAK was quite able to pay his rates.— On the motion of Cr HERRICK seconded by Cr ROSS, a reply was ordered to be sent to Mr BAK that the Council could not reduce the rate.
   Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 10926, 27 May 1898, Page 4
   BAK's property on the Mangatera road is now to be cut up, roaded, and offered for sale by the lessee, Mr James MATTHEWS, of Hampden.
   Bush Advocate, 18 Apr 1905, Page 4, column 7
   Four well-known Danish residents of the district - Messers J. BAK, N. P. MADSEN, M. NEILSEN and Jens ANDERSEN - intend leaving for a visit to their native country in a few days time. They will attend a farewell service in the Lutheran Church on Thursday morning. The intending travellers have booked passages by the German liner Zeydlitz, leaving Sydney.
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Jacob Andersen Bak's Timeline

August 17, 1836
Harboøre, Lemvig Municipality, Central Denmark Region, Denmark
September 24, 1836
Harboøre, Lemvig Municipality, Central Denmark Region, Denmark
July 7, 1860
Sejerslev, Morsø Municipality, Nordjylland, Denmark
February 5, 1863
Sejerslev, Morsø Municipality, Nordjylland, Denmark
October 24, 1865
Thisted, Thisted Municipality, North Denmark Region, Denmark
September 19, 1870
Thisted, Thisted Municipality, North Denmark Region, Denmark
December 8, 1875
Taraura, New Zealand