The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]
Mr. Augustus Frederick Castendyk
Mr. Augustus Frederick Castendyk, the Wellington Vice-Consul for Germany, was born and educated in Bremen. Early in life he turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, being for four years in a merchant's office in his native town. Afterwards removing to London, Mr. Castendyk had a further experience of nearly five years in the “World's Metropolis.” Coming out to the colonies by a Dutch steamer as far as Sydney, he arossed over to Auckland in 1878 by the s.s. “Rotorua.” Mr. Castendyk speedily made his way to the Empire City, where for three years he acted as bookkeeper to Messrs. Joseph Nathan and Co., and subsequently as salesman for Messrs. Krull and Co. He afterwards joined Mr. Eberhard Foeke in taking over a portion of Messrs. Krull and Co.'s business, under the style of Castendyk and Focke. Mr. Castendyk has held the important position of ViceConsul for Germany since his appointment in the month of October, 1884. On the death of Mr. Toxward, Mr. Castendyk had charge of the Danish Vice-Consulate, which he held for about three years, till the appointment of Mr. H. D. Bell, the present Vice-Consul.