Marx Family Reunion

(Mangatoki, Taranaki - Labour Weekend 23-25th October, 1998)

A committee representing several branches of the Marx family in New Zealand has been set up to organise a Family reunion to be hold during Labour Weekend, 1998. The main venue is the Mangatoki Hall, and the reunion will commence on the Friday evening with the main events on Saturday and Sunday (leaving Monday free).

We hope you will be able to participate in this first Marx gathering for many decades.

This website contains some background, a programme outline, contact information, a registration form, accomodation information, and a list of ways in which you might be able to assist. The website was last updated on June 12th, 1998.

Which Family?

John Peter MARX was married to Katherine MULLER (also known as Velte, Cartwright, and Miller). They left Saxony in 1853 with children Peter (16), John Peter (10), Jacob (3), and Christina (1). They settled in Tasmania, and remained there for several decades. Jacob married Eliza POXON and Christina married James PHILLIPS.

After the death of Katherine, the entire family moved to New Zealand. After a brief sojourn in Auckland, they settled in Eltham. John Peter died in 1898 and was the first European buried in the newly created Eltham cemetary. From Eltham, the family has spread out - Jacob and Eliza had 11 children , and Christina and James had 7 children. The organisers know nothing of the fate of the other children (Peter and John Phillip) - do you know anything about these two?

JP & Katherine
Left: John Peter & Katherine
Cristina & Jacob
Left: Christina, Jacob, & ??
(photos courtesy J.Wharehoka)

For the reunion it is planned to group the family into branches descending from each of the grandchildren of John Peter Marx - that is, the issue of Jacob & Eliza and Christina & James.

Jacob & Eliza
Christina & James
John Peter = Marian May SULZEBERGER.Matthew Thomas=Emmiline ROGERS
William Joseph = Florence Gertrude BAXTER.Jane Foster (Jeanie)
Jacob Albert = Alice Clara CLEAVER.James (Jim)= Min
George Cecil = Annie JOHNSTON.Edith Jessie (Edie)= Owen WEBBY
Eric Harold.Margaret Christina= Frank Earnest BOCOCK
Katherine Elisa = Jack CLEAVER.Alice= Jack GARNER
Alice Elizabeth = Ern SULZEBERGER.John Frederick (Jack)= Olive HAWKE
Oscar Howard = Mabel CLEAVER
Karl = Edith FREE
Oswald Vernon = Amy MAGEE
Allan Oliver= Amy BUNN

What's happening?

Marx Reunion Programme

The principal venue will be the Mangatoki Hall. Other places are noted below

Friday 22nd7pmRegistration / Historical Displays
Drinks & Nibbles - mix & mingle
8pmWelcome / Informal Opening / Announcements
Drinks & Nibbles - mix & mingle
Drinks & Nibbles - mix & mingle
Saturday 23rd10-11amRegistration / Historical Displays
NoonWelcome Address and Family History
1pmBuffet Lunch
Displays of Photos, Family trees, & memorabilia
3.30pm Photo Sessions and Afternoon Tea
(thru to 4.30pm)
6.30pmPre-dinner Cocktails
Sunday 24th10.30amBus Tour from Hawera
- Eltham Cemetary (grave of J.P. Marx)
- Stratford Pioneer Village (Mangatoki Church)
1.30pmLunch at the Mangatoki Hall
2.30pmTour Recommences
3.30pmReturn to Hawera

If you are interested in attending (and we hope you are), a registration form is available for printing here. Information on accomodation can be found here

How can you help?

The organising committee would appreciate some assistance - there are a number of ways in which you could help make this reunion a success:

If you can assist in any of these ways, or have other services to offer which you think would be of use, the committee would be greatly appreciative!

Who to Contact?

The Reunion convener is Barry Marx who may be reached at
Box 209, Otorohanga.
ph (07) 873 8139 work / ph (07) 873 7190 home / fax (07) 873 7744

The committee is:
Ray Marx R.D.5, Te Awamutu (07) 871 2741
Cliff Marx R.D.21, Stratford (06) 764 6666
J. Brad SulzebergerR.D.44 Urenui (06) 752 3751
Roland Cleaver 143 Cameron Rd, Te Puke(07) 573 4130
Dale Thacker 5 Clifden Tce, Te Puke (07) 573 5700
Lynn Ross 49 York St, Hamilton (07) 856 7295

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