Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday Alfred Henry Christensen

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing articles for the children of Niels Christensen and Emma Godfree Slawson.  This week, I am sharing articles I’ve found for their last child to survive to adulthood, Alfred Henry Christensen.

The first article I found was the marriage notice for Alfred’s son, Niels William Christensen

Approaching Marriage Calder Christensen
APPROACHING MARRIAGE (1942, October 2). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 5. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from

CALDER-CHRISTENSEN – The marriage will take place on Saturday, October 3, at Holy Trinity Church, Benalla, of Lynette Marion, youngest daughter of Mrs W J Calder, Te Anau, Benalla, and the late Mr W J Calder, to Warrant-Officer Niels William Christensen, A I F, second son of Mr and Mrs A H Christensen, 9 Dendy street, Middle Brighton.

I also found an engagement notice for Niels William Christensen

Calder Christensen engagement
Family Notices (1942, February 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 5. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from

The next article I found was the birth notice for their eldest son (Stuart Henry Christensen 1908-1981)



Births Christensen
Family Notices (1908, September 26). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 – 1954), p. 13. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

I then found the engagement notice for Stuart

Engagements Reith-Christensen
Family Notices (1940, March 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 8. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

I had found this article earlier, but I wasn’t sure it related to Alfred Henry Christensen.  The engagement notice for Stuart indicated it was.

A H Christensen moving to Wangaratta
Social Chatter (1938, February 18). Benalla Ensign (Vic. : 1938 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

Further confirmation came from Alfred’s obituary, in the Benalla Ensign

Mr A. H. Christensen obituary
OBITUARY (1944, June 9). Benalla Ensign (Vic. : 1938 – 1954), p. 3 (MORNING). Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

I then found an earlier article, from when Alfred was still at Welshpool

Article mentioning A H Christensen
THE ENSIGN (1917, September 14). Toora and Welshpool Ensign and South Gippsland Observer (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

This short notice is for when Alfred sold his Welshpool property.

A H Christensen disposed of property at Welshpool
Unemployed and Rabbits (1923, September 15). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 – 1954), p. 38. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

Alfred Henry Christensen appeared in an article about a Claim for Rent. The article covers 3 jpg files, and is hard to read, so I have just transcribed the section that mentions Alfred.

Alfred Henry Christensen, farmer, of Welshpool, said he was manager of Tirrengower from June 1905 to March 1906. When he went to the estate he saw the temporary repairs to the fence. The wire was fastened to the posts and the fence was cattle proof for ordinary cattle. There was no sign of fire where the grass was. It had come up uniformly all over the paddock. There were cattle in the paddock, and as far as they knew they were Turner’s. He had seen defendant shifting them. He had been there about four or five months before Turner complained about the fence. He remembered getting a letter from Downie in October 1905, and went to Turner. He told defendant they were to get the material for a new fence and he was to find the labor. Defendant said, “They will have to be d—quick about it.” He replied he would supply the timber as soon as Turner said he was ready for it. He was always prepared to do so, and had a man on splitting. Defendant did not tell him he was ready for the material. Turner blocked up the north end of Pitt’s lane. The fire in February 1906 burnt his eastern boundary and Pitt’s western fence so that his cattle ran over both paddocks.

COLAC COUNTY COURT. (1907, May 24). The Colac Herald (Vic. : 1875 – 1918), p. 3. Retrieved August 15, 2017, from

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