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Charles Petschler


German-born merchant in New Zealand. Married Harriet Taylor in Manchester in 1847. School teacher in Salford, 1851. Naturalised in New Zealand, 1855. Died in Australia, 1882. Friend of Julius von Haast and Ferdinand Hochstetter.


Act for the naturalisation of certain persons in the colony of New Zealand [15 September 1855] (, accessed 16 August 2018)

Australia, Death index, 1787–1985 (, accessed 16 August 2018)

BMD (Marriage index)

Census returns of England and Wales 1851 (The National Archives: Public Record Office HO107/2222/141/27)

Chapman’s New Zealand almanac 1860, 1862

Correspondence vol. 10, letter from Julius von Haast, 9 December 1862

H. F. von Haast 1948, p. 446.


BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Haast, Heinrich Ferdinand von. 1948. The life and times of Sir Julius von Haast, explorer, geologist, museum builder. Wellington, New Zealand: privately published.