A Lutheran minister born in Germany, Riemenschneider studied to become a missionary. In June 1843, he came to New Zealand on the 'St. Pauli' arriving at Nelson, later settling at Motukaramu on the Mokau River (Taranaki) and then at Warea in 1846. Among his pupils at the Warea Mission were said to be Te Whiti and Tohu. He was involved with both European and Maori during the Taranaki Land War.
Letters written by Riemenschneider to New Plymouth's Resident Magistrate. Also a passenger list and correspondence relating to the voyage of the Airedale's voyage from New Plymouth to Nelson 1861, presumably carrying refugees to safety.
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1. List of passengers from Nelson to Taranaki by the Airedale on Aug. 26th 1861. Signed W. Gray.

2. Letter to the Superintendent, Taranaki from William Gray enclosing the list of passengers from Nelson to Taranaki by the Airedale. 25 Sept. 1861.

3. Letter to the Superintendent, Taranaki from J. Riemenschneider asking for free passage to Nelson in the Airedale. 30 Sept. 1861

4. Letter to J. Flight, Resident Magistrate, New Plymouth from J. Riemenschneider requesting advice on eligability to vote in the coming election. Warea, 13 May 1853

5. Photocopies of above items.

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