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Bror Erik Friberg - emigrantagent på Nya Zeeland med rötter i Skåne

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GF 2015 Nr 4 Bror Erik Friberg - emigrantagent på Nya Zeeland med rötter i Skåne

GF published in Släkt & Hävd 2015 Nr 4 an article about Bror Erik Friberg. The article was written by Mats Persson chairman in the society "gamla Christianstad"

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Bror Erik Friberg was born in Kristianstad, Sweden 6 july 1839 as a son to the unmarried "pigan" Elsa Margareta Lundgren". Bror Erik studied in Kristianstad and left for Schwarzwald in todays Germany. After awhile he started to work in Lübeck, Germany in the household records it says 1863. In 1866 he got married to Cecilia. The newly married couple emigrated to New Zealand in february and arrived to Auckland in end of july 1866 to Auckland. The first child was born 1867 and they then moved to Napier in Hawke's Bay. Bror Erik worked as manager for The Hawke's Bay Stream Boiling Down Company and started then to plan working as an agent. In 1872 Bror Erik did a long trip to Europe and visited London, Lübeck and Kristianstad to prepare to be an agent.

Hundres of emigrants was the result of Fribergs work The New Zealand government asked Friberg to help them get people used to work in the forest(Aminoff 1988). Problem with earlier immigrants restricted not to take people from Sweden or Denmark.

When Friberg returned to New Zealand 15 sep 1872 he brought with him 290 grown up immigrants. The next year another trip was done and the total amount of people was now 590 Scandinavians. The last ship Friberg managed arrived in august 1875.

The areas that the Scandinavian people had settlements at was on the east side of New Zealand north island and got the name Norsewood and Dannevirke. When the Scandinavien people arrived they were part of a lottery to get an area of 40 acre (16 "hektar") per family. The emigration to America to had started but it was rather expensive so New Zealand was an alternative.

Bror Erik was interpreter and also helped people signing agreements. He managed the wages for people working in the forest. Later he bought an area in Waipukurau and moved with the family to this place 1873. In 1876 they moved to Makotuku.

1876 jan 20 he was naturalized citizen British citizen. In 1878 he got problem because of a sickness and passed away in Tuberculosis survived by his wife and 5 children born 1867-1877....


In the 1870s The New Zealand government was turning to Scandinavia as well as Great Britain to attract immigrants. Lumbermen and farmers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark arrived in the Wairarapa and Manawatu. This is the story of those migrants, centred around the life of Bror Erik Friberg, government agent in Hawke's Bay

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