HEINZE Benjamin

Name Benjamin HEINZE
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1858
Died 1950
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1858, Victoria
Parents Ferdinand Johann Anton and Margaret Heinze (formerly O’Connell)
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller, Optician
Work Locations Gormanston
Street Address
Peter Street, Gormanston
Marriage/Spouse 14 July 1886, Hawthorn, Victoria, to Minnie Frederica Greenwell
Arrival
Other Approx. 1900: Moved from Victoria to Tasmania.
President and founding member of the Australian Natives Association, Gormanston.November 1900: Advertised clock, watch, jewellery repairs, and a wide range of jewellery, watches, violins, accordions, medals, and presentation cups for sale.

By approx 1908: Moved back to Victoria.
1945: Benjamin was referred to in a newspaper story when he turned 85 as the oldest practising watchmaker in Australia.

Benjamin and Minnie were both accomplished musicians, and their children followed in their footsteps in different areas. Eileen was a jeweller, Monica became Lady Barrett, Ferdinand (Fred) Benjamin was a watchmaker, and Bernard was Professor/Sir Bernard Heinze, musician, and conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Death 14 October 1950, Toorak, Victoria
References
Shepparton Family History newsletter No. 43 May 2012.
Tasmania Post Office Directory 1901.
Web: Ancestry: Australia Marriage 1886, Australia City Directories 1912, Australia Death Index 1950.
Horsham Times 6 August 1886, 5 April 1889; The Examiner (Launceston) 7 August 1900; Mt Lyell Standard & Strahan Gazette 19 October 1900, 17 November 1900, 14 June 1901; Bendigo Independent 1 May 1908; The Mercury (Hobart) 18 August 1932; Herald 13 March 1945; Argus 16 October 1950.