from Bonnie Cooper in the New Zealand Forum (more information there)
Spelling variations found on surname in records: Prebenson, PREBISON, PREBEUSON
Generation 1: Parents of Hans Prebensen and Niels Christian Prebensen
JENS PREBENSEN was born on 16 Apr 1836 in Øster Starup, Brusk, Vejle, Denmark. He died on 15 Oct 1896 in Ballance, Tararua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand (Death Reg: 1897/2922). He married (1) ANE NIELSEN on 11 Nov 1859 in Højen, Jerlev, Vejle, Denmark (Højen Church). She was born on 23 May 1836 in Jerlev, Jerlev, Vejle, Denmark. She died on 19 Sep 1873 at sea on the ship Punjaub. He married (2) ANE MARIE MADSON in 1881 in New Zealand. She was born about 1835 in Denmark. She died in 1918 in Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand.
Jen, his wife Ane and children Juliana (Ciliane), Niels, Ane (died at sea), Jens Peter, Hans and Catherine (died at quarantine station) immigrated to New Zealand on the ship Punjaub. Twenty-eight deaths were reported when the barque Punjaub reached Lyttelton from London in September 1873 and eight more deaths occurred after the passengers were sent into quarantine at Ripa Island. She had on board 340 immigrants, 200 being British and 112 Danish. Typhus, measles, and other complaints took off 21 of the Danes and seven of the English passengers, and typhoid was still rife when port was reached, hence the health authorities had no option but to send the ship into quarantine. The eight deaths that occurred on the island brought the total to 36, which was a very high figure, even for those days, when ships were so crowded and sanitation was not well understood. The Punjaub had a fine weather passage as far as Cape Leeuwin, up to which point she made quite good time, but within 300 miles of New Zealand she struck a severe gale, which delayed her.
Generation 2: Niels Christian and Hans
1. HANS PREBENSEN was born on 11 May 1871 in Odstead, Denmark. He died after 1917. He married Jane Banfield, daughter of Christopher Harvey Banfield and Margaret in 1895 in New Zealand. She was born in 1874 in New Zealand (Birth Reg: 1874/18610). Hans Prebensen lived in Mokauiti, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand between 1905-1911. He lived in Aria, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand between 1914-1917. He was employed as a farmer. More about Hans Prebensen: Evening Post, 27 Sep 1895: The following were successful applicants at the last ballot for sections under the improved farm settlement system in the Awarna district: ... H. Prebenson./Fielding Star: 30 Jan 1904: Land transfer, H. Prebensen, Hautapu, to J. McCracken./1916: Court case in Aria. James Reardon of Aria, storekeeper v Hans Prebenson of Aria, farmer. On file at Archives NZ./1917 Alien Records, Hans Prebenson.Hans and Jane disappear from New Zealand records.
Hans Prebensen and Jane Banfield had the following child (Flora Prebensen b. 1879): FLORA JANE PREBENSEN was born in 1897 in New Zealand (Birth Reg: 1897/10163). She died on 21 Oct 1897 in New Zealand (Death Reg: 1897/5919). Flora Jane Prebensen was buried on 29 Oct 1897 in Mangaweka Cemetery. 1 Nov 1897, Wanganui Chronicle: Inquest into death of 3 month old infant Flora Jane Prebensen. Surname in cemetery database is PREBISON.
2. NIELS CHRISTIAN PREBENSEN was born on 02 Sep 1865 in Odstead, Denmark. Came to New Zealand with his parents [in 1873], no records beyond ship manifest. Probably died shortly after arrival in New Zealand and death not registered or took a different spelling of his surname.