This is the House that Busch Built


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.

The house at Hoddy's Orchard, built in 1860  by the Busch family is a typical two storeyed cob cottage with dormer windows in the upstairs bedrooms and a cellar in the centre which provided the earth for the walls.

The house at Hoddy’s Orchard, built in 1860 by the Busch family is a typical two storeyed cob cottage with dormer windows in the upstairs bedrooms and a cellar in the centre which provided the earth for the walls.

A view of the house facing west.

A view of the house facing west.

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

In the cellar showing earth walls faced with river stones.

In the cellar showing earth walls faced with river stones.

A corner of the lounge.

A corner of the lounge.

Some of our group gathered on the front lawn with our host Joanne Kininmonth (nee Hoddy).

Some of our group gathered on the front lawn with our host Joanne Kininmonth (nee Hoddy).

A dormer window in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

A dormer window in one of the upstairs bedrooms.

View looking north from the lounge.

View looking north from the lounge.

Maryanne and Wayne explain their connection to Hans.

Maryanne and Wayne explain their connection to Hans.

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

Information board at the Busch Family Memorial site.

Information board at the Busch Family Memorial site.

Wayne Price and Maryanne Mann are both connected to Hans Heinrich Busch.  He was Wayne's great,great, great grandfather and his eldest daughter married a Webby from whom Maryanne is descended.

Wayne Price and Maryanne Mann are both connected to Hans Heinrich Busch. He was Wayne’s great,great, great grandfather and his eldest daughter married a Webby from whom Maryanne is descended.

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.

The plaque at the entrance to the Busch Memorial Reserve in Aniseed Valley

The plaque at the entrance to the Busch Memorial Reserve in Aniseed Valley

Afternoon tea was enjoyed together and we concluded a very enjoyable afternoon before the threatening rain began.

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5 responses

  1. Thanks a lot Roger for all the good work. I love reading it.

  2. Rebecca hibbard | Reply

    Hi,

    I’m a descendent of Hans through his son Frederick, who’s daughter Laura is my great grandmother. I would like to know some further information on the Busch family and their resting places if at all possible.

  3. Thankyou so much for posting this really interesting information. If I’ve ever been told that the early Busch’s built a house I’ve forgotten. I hope I can visit the Busch Memorial and view the house next time I’m in Nelson. I too am a descendant through Hans Joachim(Joseph) Busch.

  4. Hans and Dorothea Busch are my GGG grandparents One day I intend to visit Aniseed Valley. It has been so interesting finding them whish I did through My heritage.

    1. So that means we’re related. We’ll have to keep in touch occasionally. I don’t really know any Busch descendants beyond my mother’s immediate family. If you want to contact me my email address is ogshep@clear.net.nz . I’m so pleased to have discovered this website – it is so interesting reading about the history of the area.

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