Thursday, 28 September 2017

The Chubb Family Photo Album Part1

The old leather album with a metal clasp
I was looking in an antique centre and came across an old photo album. There were other items on top of it, so I took them off and had a look. It had a leather cover with a metal clasp and gold edges on each page. It wasn't in perfect condition as the cover was starting to split near the spline. Inside there were photos and written on the first couple of pages there seemed to be a listing of who the photos were. Trying not to get too excited, I had a closer look. The list didn't appear to fully relate to the pictures. Only half the pages were filled, so I figured it was unlikely these were the original photos. Still, if not the originals then who were these people? Intrigue got the better of me, and I bought the album. It wasn't a fortune, so I was willing to take a chance. If nothing else I had a lovely old photo album. 

I'll separate this story into 3 different posts:

  • Part 1: What should be in the photo album.
  • Part 2: The pictures that are in the photo album.
  • Part 3: Mr Chubb and his dealings with Boonah.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

DNA Results

I tested my DNA with an Ancestry DNA test; the one where you spit in the tube. While I received my results quite a while ago, I thought I would write about some of the things I am using to try to make sense of it all. Initially, I didn't have many cousin matches, and everyone seemed too distant, and I couldn't find many connections. As testing is becoming more popular in Australia, this is gradually changing. I am using this post as a starting point because now that I have learnt a bit more about DNA, plus having a few extra tools to use, I might actually start to make some progress.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Fathers Day

Dear Dad,

Even though it's been nearly 13 years since you passed away, Fathers Day suddenly seems harder again now that mum is also gone. I have been thinking of you a lot as I go through mum's things and just wanted to put together a few thoughts.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Boonah Families #5 Streiner

Johann Carl Streiner

Johann Carl Streiner arrived in Brisbane in September 1863. He travelled on the ship "Beausite" and was 25 years old. Johann selected 80 acres (Homestead) in the Dugandan district in December 1878. This land is now in the Kents Pocket area and fronts the main road.

Johann Carl Streiner (also named John Charles) married Emilie (Amelia) Caroline Kuschel on the 19 March 1881. Emilie was a widow with five children (Theresa, Johanna, Carl, Emilie and Alvine) and her maiden name was Platzke. (on some of the children's births her last is shown as Blatzke) Emilie and Johann had five children - Johann, Maria, Eva, Philip and Martha. Unfortunately only Martha lived past childhood.

Boonah Families #4 Koy

This week I am having a look at the Koy family. The Koy surname shows up a few times in my own extended family tree and I came across this article (see below) when I was looking into the Behnecken family. The article says that Mr Behncken's drapery establishment and home was one of the monuments to the work of Mr Koy. It seemed like a natural progression for this week.

Francis Heinrich Koy

Mr Franz (Frank) Heinrich Koy was born in Lauenburg, Preußen on the 3 September 1859 to parents Johann Koy and Albertine Wargowsky. On the 2 May 1884, he married Auguste Emilie Rienecker at Ossecken, Lauenburg, Preußen. Albertine was born on the 7 August 1850 in Klein Lublow, Lauenburg, Preußen to parents Heinrich Rienecker and Ernestine Klibbe. Most of this information comes from an image of a marriage record in the Heiratsregister on Ancestry.com.au (see source no.1) On the marriage document, both Franz and his father Johann are listed as carpenters (Zimmermann).

Boonah Families #3 Behncken

This year I have decided to challenge myself with a series 52 Boonah families in 52 weeks. I will pick a family from the area and provide a snapshot of their life. It is not meant to be a full detailed study but hopefully will be a good starting point for seeing who was in the community. (Caution: life gets busy sometimes so no guarantee that it will be consecutive weeks.)
If any family members are your ancestors and I have made a mistake or you would like to add additional information (or just say hi), please don't hesitate to contact me. Use the comments section below for a public comment or the contact page for a private one.

Otto Christopher Ludwig Behncken

This week I have looked into the Behncken family. Otto Christopher Ludwig Behncken, according to his death notice was born in 1874 in Hamburg. I suspect this may not have been his actual birthplace but where he boarded the ship. Otto seems to have come to Australia on his own on the ship "Solingen," arriving in Melbourne on the 5 April 1891. According to the Victoria, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger List on the Ancestry website Otto was 16 years of age and his occupation was a Mason.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

52 Boonah Families #2 Abell

This year I have decided to challenge myself with a series 52 Boonah families in 52 weeks. I will pick a family from the area and provide a snapshot of their life. It is not meant to be a full detailed study but hopefully will be a good starting point for seeing who was in the community. (Caution: life gets busy sometimes so no guarantee that it will be consecutive weeks.)
If any family members are your ancestors and I have made a mistake or you would like to add additional information (or just say hi), please don't hesitate to contact me. Use the comments section below for a public comment or the contact page for a private one.

William H. Abell

The name W.H. Abell is quite familiar to me. He was the undertaker for many years so his name appears on a lot of death certificates. His name also turns up in many stories and articles about the Boonah district. His son Ernie was good friends with my grandfather.