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John Benge

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Petone, Lower Hutt, Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
Death: August 16, 1906 (64)
Mungaroa, Wellington, New Zealand (Apoplexy)
Place of Burial: Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of David Benge and Matilda Philadelphia Sarah Benge
Husband of Rose Anne (Annie) Benge
Father of John Thomas Benge; George Isaac Benge; Ernest James David Benge; Charlotte (Lottie) Blanche Heard; Herbert (Bert) Victor Benge and 5 others
Brother of Elizabeth Gardner; Emma Francis-McDiarmid; Samuel William Benge; David James Benge; Edward (Ned) Benge and 6 others

Occupation: Justice of the Peace, Carter/sawmiller, Electification of main trunk line
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About John Benge

David and Sarah (Philadelphia) took passage on the Catherine Stewart Forbes, which sailed from London on 1st February 1841 and arrived at Wellington in June. David and Philadelphia had with them three children, Elizabeth, Emma and James, when they arrived at Wellington. James died shortly after their arrival, possibly from the rigours of the long sea voyage, and In October of 1841, Philadelphia gave birth to her second son, John. This narrative has been compiled by Gwendolyn Benge from a variety of sources.

Benge, John,  J.P., eldest son of the late Mr. David Benge, was born in Mardingbeach, Kent, England. He was married in the Upper Hutt to Miss Rose Annie Wilkins in 1867. He served in the militia, and has taken an active part in the public life of the district for many years as a member of the Mungaroa School Committee. For over twenty-five years Mr. Benge has been a member of the Oddfellows' Order. His family consists of five sons and three daughters.

First white child born in NZ, he was born on the Petone foreshore in the a tent and was stolen by the Maori (they usually did this for good luck)and lived with them for about 8 yrs before being returned; he was a fluent Maori speaker and worked tirelessly to make things fair, he was responsible for the building of the main trunk line in the lower half of the NI which took major negotiations. He died of apoplexy a few years after his beloved Edith Rose died- she was badly burnt from scalded milk in their home and is buried under the pear tree by the front door at "Stonestead't Mungaroa (Brown OWL) north of Upper Hutt- he haunts the house to this day crying for his daughter (Benge history). It is said he still haunts the house today crying out for his daughter Rose- Rose is consequently considered a bad luck name for the Mabey's esp as Job Charles also had a daughter Rose die young. Future generations have been advised not to name their children Rose. Form Upper Hutt- The History, John Benge was active in public life.

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John Benge's Timeline

October 18, 1841
Lower Hutt, Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
June 6, 1868
Age 26
Wellington, New Zealand
June 12, 1870
Age 28
Wellington, New Zealand
March 28, 1872
Age 30
Wellington, New Zealand
September 20, 1873
Age 31
Wellington, New Zealand
July 26, 1876
Age 34
Wellington, New Zealand
May 28, 1878
Age 36
Wellington, New Zealand
April 20, 1880
Age 38
Wellington, New Zealand
April 20, 1882
Age 40
Wellington, New Zealand