Bendix Hallenstein

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Bendix Hallenstein

Bendix Hallenstein (c. 24 January 1835 – 6 January 1905) was a merchant, statesman, and manufacturer from Dunedin, New Zealand.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1872–1873 5th Wakatipu Independent

He was born in Bisperode in the Duchy of Brunswick, Germany. The retail chain of clothing stores in New Zealand, Hallensteins, still bears his name. He also founded the D.I.C. (department store) in Dunedin in 1884.[1]

He was the mayor of the Queenstown borough from 1869 to 1872.[2] He represented the electorate of Wakatipu in Parliament from an 1872 to 1873, when he resigned.[3]

Hallenstein's son-in-law (and nephew) Willi Fels was a prominent philanthropist and arts collector in early Dunedin. Hallenstein's great-grandson Charles Brasch was a noted poet, literary editor and arts patron.


  1. ^ Parry, Gordon. "Hallenstein, Bendix". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Past Mayors of the QLDC". Queenstown Lakes District Council. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 111. 

External links[edit]

  • Gordon Parry: Hallenstein, Bedix. In: Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Charles Edward Haughton
Member of Parliament for Wakatipu
Succeeded by
Vincent Pyke