Johanna Wilhelmina Albertina Gesch[1, 2]

Female 1845 - 1933  (88 years)


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  • Name Johanna Wilhelmina Albertina Gesch 
    Born 1845  Steglitz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Steglitz is a locality of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf borough in the south-west of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The locality also includes the neighbourhood of Südende.
      (Wikipedia)
    Gender Female 
    Emigration 29 Nov 1862  From Wilmersdorf,, Prussia to Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name: Johanne Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Age: 42
    Gender: weiblich (Female)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy
    Captain: Früchtenicht, J.
    Shipping line: Joh. Ces. Godeffroy & Sohn
    Shipping Clerk: Dieseldorff & Co.
    Ship Type: Segelschiff
    Accommodation: ohne Angabe
    Ship Flag: Deutschland
    Port of Departure: Hamburg
    Port of Arrival: Moreton Bay; Australien (Australia)

    Name: Carl Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1820
    Age: 42
    Gender: männlich (Male)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Occupation: Landarbeiter
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy
    Captain: Früchtenicht, J.
    Shipping line: Joh. Ces. Godeffroy & Sohn
    Shipping Clerk: Dieseldorff & Co.
    Ship Type: Segelschiff
    Accommodation: ohne Angabe
    Ship Flag: Deutschland
    Port of Departure: Hamburg
    Port of Arrival: Moreton Bay; Australien (Australia

    Name: Wilhelmine Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1845
    Age: 17
    Gender: weiblich (Female)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy

    Name: August Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1851
    Age: 11
    Gender: männlich (Male)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy

    Name: Carl Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1852
    Age: 10
    Gender: männlich (Male)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy

    Name: Wilhelm Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1854
    Age: 8
    Gender: männlich (Male)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)
    Ship Name: Cesar Godeffroy

    Name: Ernestine Gesch
    Departure Date: 29 Nov 1862
    Birth Date: abt 1858
    Age: 4
    Gender: weiblich (Female)
    Residence: Wilmersdorf, Preußen (Germany)


    (Hamburg. Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934, Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten;) 
    Golden Wedding 5 May 1915  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    CELEBRATION OF GOLDEN WEDDING OF MR. AND MRS. KONRAD NAHRUNG.
    Miva, May 3.
    Mr. and Mrs. Konrad Kahrung celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding on Tuesday, 27th instant at their residence, when about 200 relatives and friends assembled during the day to do honour to the occasion. A huge marquee had been erected, and was gaily decorated with greenery, flowers, and golden chains. At the entrance was a carpeted floral porch, where Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung received their guests. The catering was in the hands of Messrs. Barleley Bros, of Marybrough, and was ably carried out under their expert chief, Mr. Blume, assisted by Misses Short, Sutherland, Nugent, Balderson, Blacknell. and Krafft and Mr. Patrick Towey.

    Punctually at one o'clock the large concourse of guests sat down to a sumptuous repast. The bridal table had as its centre piece a magnificent three-tier wedding cake, decorated with golden ornaments, and surmounted by a golden floral arch, from which hung four golden bells. This was all the handiwork off the catering firm. Suspended over the bride and bridegroom was a beautiful golden wedding bell, (made, by. Miss Nellie Short, of Gympie), from which at a suitable moment a shower of confetti was discharged, causing much merriment.
    After ample justice had been done to the good things provided, a lengthy toast list was gone through, the eldest son of Mr. Henry Nahrung, acting as chairman. The toast- of the "King"' was proposed by Mr. C. J. Becker M.L.A., and was enthusiastically honoured.

    "The Bride and Bidegroom", was proposed by Rev. Mr. Prowse, of Gympie, who first of all read the original marriage lines of Mr. and Mrs. Nahruug, which went to show that thet were married at Boonara Station, on 27th April, 1865, bv Rev. W. Poole, a church of England Clergyman. Mr. Prowse then went on to refer to his first acquaintance with them some 24 years ago, and told many interesting anceodtes in which they had figured. In an interesting and -speech the reverend gentleman held up the aged host and hostess as a pattern for the younger generations. They had come to Queensland in the flush of young man and womanhood, had materially assisted in the pioneering work of the State had reared a family of five stalwart sons and one daughter (the latter now deceased) and now in the golden eventide of their life, were enjoying the fruits of their labours in comfort and happiness. The toast was enthusiastically received and musically honoured.

    The bridegooom, Mr. K. Nahruug. suitably responded.

    The next toast was the "Sons" proposed by Mr. Andrew Thomnson, and responded to by the youngest son, Mr. Frank Nahrang. who also proposed the toast of the grandchildren, 24 in nunmber. This was responded to by Mesers. F. Sauer and K. Nahruug junr., the latter proposing the toast of the "Five Great Grandchildren", on whese behalf Mr. W. C. Nahruug responded.

    The next toast was "The Guests," proposed by the bridegroom, who said that words failed him to adequately express the feelings of his life's partner and himself as they looked around on the faces of their friends that day. They had met that day, though naturally on different opinions on the many leading questions of life, with one object in view, that was to make the golden anniversary of his and his wife's wedding day a successful function and he tendered them his heartfelt thanks. He trusted each one would spend an enjoyable dav and take the fullest advantage of the means of pleasure provided. He then called on all present to charge their glasses, and musically honour the toast, which was dune with the greatest enthusiasm. Mr. Evan Francis (Kanyan) was the first to respond. He thanked the host and hostess for the opportunity of being present, and said that his feelings of joy on that day were too deep for mere laughter-he could more adequately express them in tears. He was confident he expressed the feeling of the whole community when he said that he sincerely hoped Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung would eo spared to celebrate their diamond wedding (Cheers.)

    Mr. W. C. Wilson (Binbirrim) followed with an eloquent speech and remarked that Rev. Prowe had said he had known Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung for 24 years. He was much more fortunate, as he had lived as a neighbour of Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung for 34 years, and during the whole of that time they had never had an angry word. He challenged anyone in the district to produce a similar recocrd. He considered that Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung stood on a plane by themselves. He knew of no other couple anywhere who could approach them. Mrs. Nahruug stood as near to the embodiment of perfect womanhood as it was humanly possible to get. Personally, he would ever be under a debt of gratitude to her. He had come very early on an exceptionally cold winter's morning to get her assistance for a member of his family, who was seriously ill. She had moot willingly come, and with her loving smile and cheery word, attended the sick one, and safely tided her over a critical time. He knew also that many other residents could speak in a simmilar strain. As for Mr. Nahrung, he could not say enough in praise of his sterling worth. A thorough man. in every sense, he , had frequently given him (the speaker) the benefit of his ripe experience. He, was proud to be present that day to do honour to his old friends, and to point to them as a noble example of what a man and wife, should be. (Loud Applause.)

    Mr. C. J. Booker. M.L.A. said he must take advantage of the occasion to add his appreciation of the true worth of Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung, not only to the Miva district, but to the Wide Bay and Burnett and Queensland as a whole. They had been amongst the early pioneers, and thousands of people today were benefiting by the result of their labour. They had a most creditable and eniviable record. They had reared a family, each of whom was is in time rearing a family. They had laboured hard in the prime of life and had been crowned with success, and now for the past 12 or 14 years they had been quietly living in reirement, and enjoying the fruits of their toil. He, had on many enjoyed-to Mr. Narung of their early aventures-. Mr. Nahrung with the the collaboration of Mrs. Nahrung, would weave an account of their lives. With this object in view, he asked them to accept on behalf of Mrs. Booker and himself, a gold pen with the request that they commit the story of their life to paper, and that when the whole was issued in book form, that he (the speaker) be allowed to have the first copy as a souvenir (Loud Applause). At this stage the chairman announced that as the afternoon was wearing on, they would not ask for any more to respond.

    The bridegroom, in a few suitable words, thanked the speakers, very sincerely on behalf of his wife and himself. He would accept with much pleasure Mr.and Booker's handsome gift and though he had not intended letting out the secret, he would now say that he had a record of the whole of his life up to recent date, and should be very pleased to act on Mr. Booker's suggestion.

    The final toast, "The Chief Waiter and Waitresses," was proposed by Mr. G. H. Nahrung, and responded to by Mr. Blume.

    The remainder of the afternoon was spent in social intercourse, after which many of the guests departed for their homes. After tea, the remainder wended their way to the School Hall, where some 200 younger people had assembled in response to Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung's invitation to a social evening.

    Mr. G. W. Nahrung, acted as master of ceremonies. Dsncing and social harmony were, indulged in until 10.230 p.m., when a dainty supper was served. Dancing was afterwards resumed, and continued until 2.30 a.m., when the whole company formed a double circle around the host and hostess, under the directions of Mr. George Wood, and sang "Auld Lang Syne," when the gathering dispersed. Altogether the function may be classed as the best ever held in the district, and reflects the greatest credit on those responsible for the arrangements.

    Just prior to the luncheon, Miss Muriel Nahrung, on behalf of Mr. O'Neill, Curator of the Botanical Gardens, Maryborough, presented the bride with a magnificent bouquet of gold and white Chrysanthemums and ferns. During the day telegrams of congratulations were received from the Mr. A. J. Fisher (Gympie), Miss Cooper, and Mrs. Jones (Brisbane), Miss Bond (Coolangatta), Mr. and Mrs. Cowan (Auchenflower), Miss Nancy Newman (Kursen), and Rev. Tempest (Maaryhorough.) A great many congratulatory letters were also received, including one from Mr. C. Rabaa (Maryborough), a very old friend of Mr. Nahrung's. Mr. W. A. Milne, photographer of Maryborough, was presant during the day, and took photos, of the wedding cake, the interior of marquee, Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung, with their five sons, Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung with their descendants, and lastly all of the guests.

    A brief resume of the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Nahrung may be of interest,

    Mrs. Nahrung (then Miss Gosch) was born in Germany in 1845, and came to Queensland in 1863. She went to Boonara Station where she was married in 1865.

    Mr. Nahrung was born in Germany in 1838, and came to Queensland in 1858. He first accompanied Mr. Archie Ferguson when he went to form Walloon Station, next he worked with Mr. Coxon on Aldernoa and Bendimere. Needles to say he went through many thrilling experiences with the Blacks, who at that time were most savage. After some time, he purchased a shop in Condamine township, and engaged at his trade of bootmaking. After twelve months he sold out and went first to Mondure Station and then to Boonara, where he married, just 50 years ago. After six years, on Boonara, he went to Gympie for a time, but not being inclined to speculate, he left then after a few months and again joined Mr. Ferguson on Walloon, and with him went on to form Iverwan Station on the Bowen River. At this time the blacks were very troublesome, and Mr. Nahrung fearing for the safety of his young wife and family, he left. Mr. Ferguson and returned to Gympie, settling at the One Mile (now Harvey's Siding).

    The Maryborough-Gympie line was then in the course of construction, and Mr. Nahrung built the Nine Mile Hotel which he occupied for two years. He then sold out, and in 1880, came to Miva, where they have resided ever since.

    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Wednesday, 5 May 1915 
    Died 19 Aug 1933  Miva, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Nahrung, Konrad, d. 16-6-1924, Age:85y 11m
      Nahrung, Johanna W. A., d. 19-8-1933, Age:88y 4m
      (Dickabram Cemetery, Tiaro Shire, Queensland, Australia)

      Death Registration
      Name: Johanna Wilhelmina Albertina Nahrung
      Death Date: 19 Aug 1933
      Father's Name: Karl Gesch
      Mother's name: Johanna Spann
      Registration Number: 003140
      (Queensland Historical Death Index 1829-1984)
    Buried 19 Aug 1933  Dickabram Cemetery, Miva, Tiaro Shire, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 26 Aug 1933  Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Passing of Pioneer
    The Late Mrs J Nahrung
    There passed away on Saturday morning last an old and much respected resident of this district, in the person of Mrs Johanna W A Nahrung. She was the relict of the late Mr Konrad Nahrung, who predeceased her about nine years ago, and had reached the ripe age of 88 years and four months.

    She lived in her home, known as "Ivy Cottage" until about three months ago, when she decided to go and live with her son, George, with whom she remained until her death.

    The deceased lady was born at Steglitz, Germany, and when in her teens came to this country with her parents, who were employed by the late Mr Jones, of Boonara Station. After working there for some years she married her late husband, and they made northward, still following station life. Mr Ferguson was their next employer, and the experiences of these two families in pioneering work and with the blacks in those parts related by Mrs Nahrung were very interesting. Even in her later years her stories of adventures with the blacks were very entertaining, for she possessed a wonderful memory.

    It was the blacks, however, that caused them to leave the north, and come south with their young family. They were in Maryborough when huts were few and far between and when scrub covered the major part of what is now the city of Maryborough. When the Gympie gold strike occurred, with their horses and dray, Mr and Mrs Nahrung and family made for the gold rush, but fortune did not favour them, and Mr Nahrung took up land at "The Nine Mile", the property now owned by Mr Harvey.

    After building a comfortable little bush home, Mr Nahrung took on splitting palings and slabs and carted them into Gympie, and it was of this class of timber that many of the first homes on the goldfields were built. The Maryborough-Gympie railway line was constructed through their property and Mr Nahrung with his genial wife decided to build an hotel which was styled "The Nine Mile Hotel", and which they conducted during the busiest time of the railway construction.

    In 1880 Mrs Nahrung, with her husband and five children, came to Miva, where they purchased the property owned by Mr George Lockyer and where the deceased lady had lived ever since. Her life at Miva was one of usefulness and kind actions and her advice in times of sickness and trouble was availed of far and wide and at all times and under all conditions was given freely and wholeheartedly.

    The deceased is survived by a family of five sons, Messrs H. M. Nahrung (Glen Alpin), W. C. Nahrung (Miva), G. W. Nahrung (Miva), C. E. Nahrung (Mudgeeraba), R. A. Nahrung (Brooweena). One daughter, the late Mrs Wm. Sauer, predeceased her 24 years ago. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

    Her funeral left the residence of her son Mr. G. W. Nahrung, and was perhaps one of the largest seen in this district. About 50 cars, beside horse vehicles followed the hearse. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. J. Cornes, Gympie. The pall-bearers at the house were the five sons, and the son-in-law, and at the cemetery her six grandsons

    The Rev. MacDougall of Tiaro conducted a short service at the house and also at the graveside. The late lady's love for flowers was not overlooked by her many relations and friends, for the hearse and the grave were covered with a beautiful lot of wreaths and flowers, and thus ended the career of one who's loving and valuable life will be a sad loss to Miva.

    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Saturday, 26 August 1933 
    Obituary 1 Sep 1933  The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mrs. C. Nahrung.
    Mrs. Johanna Nahrung, relict of the late Mr. Conrad Nahrung, died at Miva on August 19, aged 88 years. She had lived in the Wide Bay district for more than 50 years. She was a native of Stagaets, Germany, and came to Queensland at the age of l8 years, accompanied by her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Gesch. After her marriage, she conducted an hotel at the Nine Mile (now Harvey's Siding), when the railway line between Maryborough and Gympie was being built. In 1880, with her husband, she settled on the Mary River, at Miva. She is survived by five sons-Henry Malcolm (Glen Alpin), Wm. Charles (Miva), Geo. Wm. (Miva), Chas. Edward (Mudgeeraba), and Francis Abert (Broweena).
    The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Queensland, Friday, 1 September 1933

    The Brisbane Courier, Saturday 29 March 1913
    From the "Courier" files of March 1863
    CESAR GODEFFROY IMMIGRANTS. The Cesar Godeffroy", Captain Fruch tenicht, with immigrants from Hamburg, sailed from the Elbe on December 1, 1862, and arrived in Brisbane Roads on March 24. Shortly after sailing smallpox made its appearance among the crew, and spread to the passengers. In all there were 23 cases, three of which proved fatal - a seaman, an adult passenger, and a child. This slight mortality is attributed to the stringent measures taken by the surgeon-superintendent, Dr. Carl Robert Koch. There were seven births during the passage - five males and two females. The total number of passengers is 208, of whom 157 came out through the agency of the late firm of Heussler and Francksen (succeeded by C. Kümmerer and Co.). The passage occupied 112 days. The immigrants were brought up to Brisbane on March 27 and during the passage up from the Bay there was the unexpected arrival of another young gentleman, who was not on the passenger list. The ship brought 200 tons of general cargo and 37 very superior Saxon merino sheep, consigned to F. H. Tamm.
    The Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1861-1864) Monday 23 February 1863, page 3
    LIST OF PASSENGERS by the "CESAR GODEFFROY," Captain FRUCHTENICHT, from Hamburg to Moreton Bay, left 1st December, 1862 (ordered through the undersigned).
    Carl Gesch and family (7) 
    Person ID I14276  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2014 

    Father Karl Gesch,   b. Abt 1820, Wilmersdorf, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1864, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Mother Johanna Spann,   b. Abt 1820, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1894, Miva, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Family ID F4980  Group Sheet

    Family Konrad Nahrung,   b. 1838, Niedermustadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1924, Miva, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1865  Boonara Station, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Helena Nahrung,   b. 23 Oct 1866, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1908, Miva, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F4969  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Qld Birth, Deaths and Marriages.

    2. [S115] Trove.


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