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The Alenius /Olenius Family

Updated December 20, 2000

Raewyn Olenius
tamho@ihug.co.nz

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My name is Raewyn Olenius, my brother Ray Olenius and I are the only family that we have here in New Zealand, we are looking for anyone who might be related to us. I have done alot of research over the years and have names and places but the information petered out from there.

The names that we have are as follows:-

Olof Olsson ( born at Tierp in the Province of Uppsala ) married Anna Lena Ersdotter (she was born around 1811).

They had 3 children all born in Tierp:-

Anna Charlotta born 26.01.1841
Johan Otto born 09.04.1843
Gustaf Adolf Wilhelm born 25.12.1844 (Gustaf later changed his name to Alenius)

Gustaf Alenius married Maria Augusta Thelander on the 9.10.1870 in the city Parish of Sundsvall.

They had 5 children of whom 4 survived. They were born in the following Parishes:-

Anna Wilhelmina born 12.9.1870 at Sundsvall
Carl Richard born 12.6.1874 in the Parish of ST. Petri, City of Malmo
Jon Gustaf Adolf born 23.6.1876 at Helsingborg
Jon Nicolaus born 30.1.1880 at Helsingborg

The family moved to Copenhagen, Denmark 9.5.1881 that is where the traceable contact was lost.

They could have had more children, the could have moved back to Sweden (which in all probablities that did happen.) Maria's father was Oscar Thelander, he owned a tobacco company in the Parish Maria Magdalena in the City of Stockholm in 1855. Also he owned a boat building firm which built steam ships.

Jon Gustaf Adolf (also known as Gustaf Wilhelm Adolf) was my grandfather and he arrived in New Zealand 1901 and died here in 1923. He was a seaman. (Alenius was Anglicized to Olenius, but when it was we do not know, presumably soon after arrival as the nearest English pronounciation of the Swedish A is O)

On the 25th May 1902 Anna Wilhelmina married August Wilhelm Bjork, Director of Music at the Infantry Academy of Northern Skane. he was born 20th Oct 1870 at the Parish of Arlov.

They had a daughter in 1903

Datum 1903-03-24
Signe Lisa Anna Maria
Mothers name Anny Vilhelmina Ålenius (Mother born 12/9/1870)
Fathers name August Vilhelm Bjork
occupation musikdirektor
Living in the block Skepparen VIII /263


Here in new Zealand my grandfather married Sarah Grace Elliott. The had 1 child:

Clifford Raymond Sutcliffe born 03/07/1909 in Auckland New Zealand
died 09/06/1965 in Auckland New Zealand.

He married Annie Jean May Norman in 1937.

They had 2 children:

Raymond Joesph Olenius and Raewyn Ann Olenius.

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