Hochkirch is the town where Scott’s Great, Great Grandfather, Michael Wenke and family lived.
Michael Wenke and his wife Agnes were baptised and married in rural Saxony before migrating to Australia in 1850s. Pastor Thomas kindly gave his time to go through the old records dating back to 1777 and was able to add three more generations to Scott’s paternal lines. That’s eight generations of Wenke men.
Scott’s Great Grandfather AJ Wenke took an epic voyage in 1907 from his hometown Walla Walla, NSW to Germany and visited this same church. He even donated two large chandeliers to the church in Hockkirch that remain today.
A very humbling and special experience.