Dr. John Dietrich Edward Wehl

Male 1823 - 1876  (52 years)

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  • Name John Dietrich Edward Wehl 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 5 Jun 1823  Ehrenbreitstein, Prussia/Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Johann Diedrich Eduard Wehl

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      Biographical Notes
      Wehl, Johann Dietrich Eduard, Dr. (1823 - 1876)

      Born in what is now Germany, (Prussia) 5 June 1823; died in Mt Gampier SA, 11 February 1876.

      Son of Johann Heinrich Martin Wehl and Sophia Teresa Wehl nee Soehlmann.

      Migrated to Australia in the 'George Washington' 2 March 1849.

      Spouse: Clara Christiane Marie MUELLER Birth 14 Oct 1833, Mecklenburg (Prussia) Immigration 15 Dec 1847, 'Hermann Von Beckerath' Age: 14

      from Harz Mountains in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany to Bremen, arrived Port Adelaide with Captain H. Probst on 2-03-1849

      CABIN PASSENGER: WEHL, Eduard Johann Diedrich Eduard, surgeon
      (Bound for South Australia)

      Ship George Washington, 461 tons, Captain Mathias Probst, from Bremen 25th October 1848, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 2nd March 1849

      The South Australian Register, Wednesday March 14th, 1849

      Passengers: per George Washington from Bremen, (arrival reported in our last). Friedrich Otto Lachse ; Heinrich Von Barstel ; Johann Diedrich Eduard Wehl (surgeon) in the cabin;?.. and 187 emigrants

      (Transcribed and submitted to TheShipsList by Robert Janmaat, Adelaide, from a variety of sources, cited below)
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Feb 1876  Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Johann Dietrich Edward Wehl
      Birth Year: abt 1823
      Age: 53
      Death Date: 11 Feb 1876
      Death Place: Mount Gambier
      Residence Place: Mayura
      Registration Place: Grey, South Australia
      Page Number: 342
      Volume Number: 71
      (South Australia Death Index)
    Obituary 12 Feb 1876  Border Watch, Mount Gambier, SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Our South-East readers will hear with
    regret of the death of Dr. Wehl, which
    occurred at Mount Gambier yesterday morning. The cause of death was hydatids.
    These, it appears, had developed on the
    lungs without being suspected, and spread over the outer coating of the stomach, producing symptoms which were at first mistaken for dropsy. It was only last week,on resorting to the operation of tapping, that the true cause of the disorder was discovered; and the doctor's system was then so
    poisoned that his medical advisers had
    scarcely any hope of his recovery.
    The deceased gentleman was by birth a
    German, but he has been long and intimately acquainted with Mount Gambier
    was, in fact, a resident before the town existed. He arrived here in 1849's a young man of about 25, having only a short time previously arrived in the colony from Germany.
    The country was then all in the hands of
    squatters. In the township there was only a slab public-house, owned by a person known as "Black Byng;" Mr. Crouch's store, and a blacksmith's shop: and these buildings were erected on land belonging to the then owner of Moorak Station, Mr. Sturt. Dr. Wehl practised his profession; among the few-and-far-between population
    of the district till 1852, when the fame of the Victorian diggings led him, along with the bulk of his patients, to try their fortunes on the gold-fields. In 1853, however, he returned and settled down again to the practice of medicine.
    It would not be possible to write a biography of Dr. Wehl without at the same time writing a history of Mount Gambier.
    We shall, therefore, only briefly touch on one or two of the more prominent points of his career. He took a deep interest in all industrial pursuits. In 1857 he started the first flour mill in the district, which was driven by hand power. In 1858 he substituted horse power, and in 1859 he introduced steam. He continued in the milling trade till 1868. In 1858 he commenced farming, and up to the time of his death continued to manifest the deepest interest in agricultural pursuits. Some ten years
    ago he embarked very deeply, in the business, having purchased about 3,000 acres in Gambier East. This did not turn out well, the land being very expensive to clear, and after all, too poor for cropping. This was the cause of heavy loss, and the farm was
    eventually abandoned. On his land in the
    vicinity of the town he carried out many
    interesting, experiments with grasses and root crops, of which the district reaped the benefit.
    When a District Council was proclaimed
    here Dr. Wehl was one of the first members, and was elected first Chairman. He was connected with all the leading local societies, Oddfellows, Foresters, Masons, German Club, &c. much regret was felt here when in 1874 he announced his intention of retiring from practice. He did so on the ground
    of failing health. On that occasion he was entertained at a public dinner, a friendly societies' dinner, and had presented to him a silver tea and coffee service and a purse of sovereigns. It may fairly be said that no resident in Mount Gambier ever commanded more respect or was better liked than Dr. Wehl. And he well deserved this. He was of a genial and generous disposition, and poor and rich were ever treated with equal consideration, both professionally and otherwise.
    Dr. Wehl was married to a sister of Baron von Mueller of Melbourne, who survives him. They have had a family of 15 children, 12 of whom are now alive. He was 53 yeans of age. It is arranged that his funeral will take place to-morrow.
    Border Watch, Mount Gambier, SA., Saturday, 12 February 1876
    Person ID I15844  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2017 

    Family Christiana Clara Marie Müller/Mueller,   b. 14 Oct 1833, Rostock, Mecklenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1901, Millicent, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1853  Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Edward Wehl
      Spouse Name: Clara Muller
      Marriage Place: Victoria
      Registration Place: Victoria
      Registration Year: 1853
      Registration Number: 890
      (Victoria Marriage Index)
    Marriage Notice 29 Oct 1853  The Argus, Melbourne, Vic Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On the 27th inst., at Richmond, by the Rev. Matthias Goethe, Lutheran Minister, Dr. E. Wehl, of Mount
    Gambier, South Australia, to Clara Mueller, Melbourne, youngest sister of Dr. Mueller, Government Botanist.
    The Argus, Melbourne, Vic., Saturday, 29 October 1853 
    +1. Henrietta Jane Wehl,   b. 18 Oct 1868, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1953, Rockhamptom, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F5648  Group Sheet

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