Hello. I realise that this is mainly American, but I thought I'd post about my branch of the Hinze family. My line is derived from Franz Wilhelm Hinze who arrived in Australia on the 22nd of January 1839 from Hamberg. He married Jane Sommerville, and they had six children. He was my great-great-great-grandfather. Through the linegaes we have traced a great number of Hinze's in Zimbabwe and South Africa, after several Hinze men fought in the Boer War in South Africa, and returned there after the war to have families. Unfortunately we are not in contact with any of them. There are several other Hinze's in Australia, but not appear to be related to us. One, Russ Hinze was a politician in Queensland, and my grandfather contacted him to see if we were family. We are not! I am also curious as to the pronnuciation of the name, we have always been Hinzee (pronnoucing the e on the end) while others (such as Russ) don't, using Hinz. I'm not sure if that makes sense.
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Penola, South Australia