Wilhelm von Harnier

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Wilhelm von Harnier (* 1836 in Echzell ; † November 23, 1861 near Gondokoro , today in South Sudan ) was a German traveler to Africa .


The family of Harnier came from the Walloon, immigrated in 1650 to Germany Huguenot family Harnier . His grandfather was Heinrich Wilhelm Karl von Harnier (* 1767 Kassel; † 1823 Munich), Prussian Legation Councilor, later Grand Ducal Hessian Privy Councilor, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, as well as Envoy to the Bundestag. His father Wilhelm von Harnier (* 1800 Munich; † 1838 Meran) was a legation councilor from Hessen-Darmstadt and a painter from Munich.

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Wilhelm von Harnier was initially an officer and went to Egypt and Syria in 1856 for health reasons . He visited the Blue Nile and its tributary Dender in 1859 and set out for the White Nile in July 1860 , but was killed by a buffalo on the hunt near Gondokoro on November 23, 1861, when he was not yet 27 years old. He had recorded his impressions with watercolors and drawings.


  • Journey on the Upper Nile , Darmstadt 1866