- Carl Sylvius Völkner
Carl Sylvius Völkner (c. 1819-1865) was a German-born
Protestantmissionary in New Zealand.
He was born in
Kassel, Hesse, Germany, probably in 1819. Völkner was one of several missionaries sent to New Zealandby the North German Missionary Society. He arrived in New Zealand in August 1849. In 1852 he offered his services to the Church Missionary Society(CMS). He married Emma Lanfear, sister of a CMS missionary. Völkner took charge of the CMS mission station at Opotikiin August 1861. There he worked among Te Whakatohea, who built a church and a school for him.
Völkner died on
March 2, 1865at the hands of Hauhaumilitants in the Volkner incident. The local Anglican church in Opotiki has been named as St Stephen the Martyr in memory of his brutal death by hanging with decapitation and the swallowing of Völkner's eyeballs by the Hauhau leader, Kereopa Te Rau.
*Lyall, A. C., (1979) "Whakatohea of Opotiki". A.H. & A.W. Reed.
* [http://www.waitangi-tribunal.govt.nz/reports/viewchapter.asp?reportID=A949CD08-4825-48BF-B038-FAC923793297&chapter=6 Chapter 5: The Völkner and Fulloon Slayings] , in The Ngati Awa Raupatu Report. Waitangi Tribunal, 1999.
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