Son of August Heinrich and Poline Natzke (nee Tunrick), of Matapara, Te Awamutu, who sailed with their first-born child, Carl Friedrich, from Hamburg, Germany, in April 1876, on the ship 'Fritz Reuter', arriving in Wellington, New Zealand, in August 1876.
The family was among the 69 immigrants from the 'Fritz Reuter' selected by Arthur Halcombe for settlement within the Manchester Block.
August and Poline settled in Halcombe, which lies halfway between Marton and Feilding, and had nine further children: Otto Heinrich, Emmel August, Anna Emma (m. Anderson), Louis Albert, Helena Amelia (m. O'Dea), Hilda Pauline (m. Wischnowsky), Leo Max, Olga Alma, and Alma Emma Natzke (m. Waterson).
After Poline's death, August Natzke married Frances Emma Carter, and had four more children: Harold Zulu, Zola Mervyn, Herbert William, and Franz Oscar Natzke. AWMM