On October 28th our members met at Hoddy’s Orchard in Aniseed Valley Road to view an early (1860) cob house built by members of the Busch family.
It is unclear whether it was constructed by Hans Busch who arrived in Nelson with his wife Dorothea and 5 of their children in 1844 on the German immigrant ship the Skiold or by one of his sons. It is a real gem, a typical early cob house with cellar
and dormer windows and is currently listed by Heritage New Zealand with a category B rating. After viewing the house (and for some the cellar also) we travelled over the Aniseed Valley hill to the Hans Busch Memorial Reserve
where Hans and his wife lie buried in the garden of the family farm (though where exactly is uncertain). Two of our members: Wayne Price (a direct descendant of Hans) and Maryanne Mann spoke of their connection to the Busch family.
Afternoon tea was enjoyed together and we concluded a very enjoyable afternoon before the threatening rain began.