Henry Noltenius (1820-1884)

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Heinrich "Henry" Noltenius (11 August 1820 – 10 January 1884) was a German settler in the British colony of South Australia, and a prominent wine and spirit merchant.

Henry Noltenius


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In Germany

Noltenius was born in Borgfeld, Bremen, to Johann Eberhard and Catherine Maria (née von Lingen), and one of three brothers who migrated to Australia. Johann Eberhard was the Secretary of the Criminal Cout in Bremen. and arrived in South Australia in September 1843 aboard the Madras from London.

In Australia

In 1848 he joined the firm of Joseph Stilling & Co., then in June 1859 left and founded Noltenius and Co., wine and spirit merchants of 75 King William Street.

Was he involved with brother B. A. Noltenius in Noltenius, Meyer & Co. (founded c. 1848)?

Noltenius purchased the Halifax Street brewery from W. H. Clark in February 1858, and five months later took on W. K. Simms as a partner, then sold him his share of the business. Both Clark and Noltenius were in debt to the bank. Clark left South Australia for the eastern colonies, out of reach of South Australia's laws, but Noltenius remained.

Noltenius & Co. dissolved around 1882 and he worked as a traveller for W. B. Rounsevell & Co, but his health was failing, and he died two years later.


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Published Obituary

From the South Australian Weekly Chronicle, Saturday 12 January 1884:

" Mr. Henry Noltenius, an old colonist, died suddenly this morning at his residence in Bridge-street, Kensington. He retired to rest about 9 o'clock last evening in his usual robust health. About half-past .3 this morning he called his brother, who, on entering the room of deceased, found him sitting on the bed gasping for breath. Dr. Sprod was immediately summoned, but arrived only in time to witness deceased's death, which occurred within three minutes after his brother saw him. Mr. Noltenius, who was 63 years of age, came to the colony in 1843. He was for some time a partner in the firm of Messrs, Stilling and Co., merchants, and was for many year's a wine and spirit merchant. At the time of his death he occupied the position of commercial traveller for the firm of Messrs. W. B. Rousevell & Co. He was much esteemed by a large circle of friends, and leaves three daughters and four sons to mourn their loss.”. [1]

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  1. "No title". South Australian Weekly Chronicle. Vol. XXVI, , no. 1, 325. South Australia. 12 January 1884. p. 21. Retrieved 6 August 2022 – via National Library of Australia.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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