The Official Ebenezer Teichelmann Blog
Dr Teichelmann returned from his southern trip last evening. The holiday was a most delightful one, being an exploration of the upper reaches of the Callery. Messrs Woodham, Graham and Stonor are engaged prospecting for payable quartz reefs in that locality and the doctor was enabled to avail himself of their camps and their companionship. He took his camera with him and succeeded, in getting a number of beautiful and interesting photographs.
The Callery, Spencer and Burton glaciers were explored and Mount Elie de Beaumont ascended to about 9000 ft, or within 1000ft or so of the summit. In the valley and watershed of the Callery the huge mass of Elie de Beaumont overshadows everything, even Cook being shut out from view. It has not yet been ascended but the doctor does not think the task would be difficult from the nearest point they reached, the only thing necessary being provision for a camp at the rock limit. From there a journey to the top and back could be made in a day. The doctor experienced fine weather all the time and though the incessant climbing I was very tiring he enjoyed himself immensely and returned in the pink of condition.
Dr. E. Teichelmann
Death At Hokitika
New Zealand has lost one of her noted mountaineers through the death of Dr. Ebenezer Teichelmann, F.R.C.S., M.R.C.S. (Eng.), L.R.C.P. (Ireland). Associate of Mason's Science College (Birmingham). He died at Hokitika yesterday.
Dr. Teichelmann was surgeon superintendent of the Westland Hospital for about twenty years, but retired eighteen years ago. He was widely known in New Zealand because of his mountaineering work and was in Wellington for the last annual dinner of the New Zealand Alpine Club.
Dr. Teichelmann was born in South Australia in 1859. He was educated at Hahndorf College, at Adelaide University, and at Queen's and Mason's Colleges, Birmingham, England. He also studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and at hospitals in Dublin. Ireland. For a time he acted as demonstrator of physiology at Mason's College, was assistant physician and resident pathologist at the General Hospital, Birmingham, assistant surgeon at the Jaffray Suburban Hospital, resident medical officer of the Birmingham Workhouse, and later spent two years in private practice in England. Upon returning to Australia he was health' officer at Port Adelaide for two years. He came to New Zealand in 1897 to accept the position of superintendent of the Westland Hospital.
At the outbreak of war in 1914 Dr. Teichelmann, although he had difficulty in obtaining a position with the Forces because of his German ancestry on his father's side, secured a commission in the New Zealand Medical Corps with the rank of captain. He served overseas from 1914 until 1917, and was one of the survivors of the troopship Marquette which was torpedoed in the Aegean Sea.
He came into prominence through carrying out some noted exploration work in the headwaters of the Wanganui, where he climbed a number of peaks. He also did a good deal of exploring at the head of the Cook River, but the pioneering work had been done there before his time. From the time he was elected to the Alpine Club until he went overseas with the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces he made many ascents, several being first ascents, and a monument to the part he played in New Zealand mountaineering will always remain in Mount Teichelmann (10,370 ft) in the Southern Alps, which was named after him.
Dr. Teichelmann was the first to climb some of the peaks at the head of the Cook River from the westward. and he was the first to cross the Harper Saddle from the west, making the crossing some years after Mr. A. P. Harper, Karori, Wellington, had given the saddle its name.