1887 - 1888 (0 years)
||Niels Johannes Andersen |
||15 May 1887
||7 Feb 1888
||Nikenbah, Wide Bay, Qld.
||28 Mar 2008 |
||Niels Andersen, .Son of Blacksmith, b. 8 Jan 1851, Kildebrønde, Københavns amt, island of Sjælland, Danmark. , bur. 25 Jul 1939, Poulsen Cemetery, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia (Age ~ 88 years) |
||Marie (Jeppesine Mette Marie) Frandsen, b. 18 Sep 1857, Bjørnemose, Dejbjerg Sogn, Bølling Herred, Ringkøbing Amt, Denmark , d. 11 Nov 1945, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia (Age 88 years) |
||29 Apr 1877
|| Danish Church, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
- Name: Neils Andersen
Spouse Name: Maria Frandsen
Marriage Date: 29 Apr 1877
Registration Number: 000655
(Queensland Historical Marriage Index 1829-1939)
|Diamond Wedding Anniversary
||8 May 1937
||Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland
|DIAMOND WEDDING Celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Neils Anderson, at Pialba|
The clerk of the weather paid a welcome tribute to Mr and Mrs Neils Andersen, of Pialba, when he provided perfect weather conditions on the 60th anniversary of their wedding on Thursday, April 29. A diamond wedding is at all times an auspicious occasion, but in the case of Mr and Mrs Andersen, it was rendered almost unique in that not only was the entire family of five daughters and three sons able to be present, but of the happy couple's 89 descendants, only eight were unable to attend. To celebrate so festive an occasion, and to accommodate so large a gathering a huge marquee was erected on the beautiful lawns of the residence of their son, Mr. N. J. Andersen. The breakfast tables were exquisitely decorated with choice flowers and fruits, and at the bride's table a handsome two-tier wedding cake, made by Mrs P Day (a grand-daughter) and decorated by Mrs P. J. Birt (daughter), attracted many admiring comments.
The Rev. A. Hughes presided, and read messages of congratulation and good wishes from the following: Mesdames Jorgensen and Isaksen and families, Mr. and Mrs. Rickenberg and Mrs. Day. Miss Merle Smith (Caboolture). Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kunst and family (Sexton), Miss May Doss (Atherton), Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Birt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Andersen (Gympie). Miss Vera Smith Grantham), the Methodist Ladies' Guild, Mr. and Mrs. Alcorn (Dagun),Mr. and Mrs. W. Hansen (Brisbane).
Grace was sung and during the banquet hearty congratulations and good wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Andersen were heard over the wireless from 4MB followed by the song "Let's Grow Old Together."
Mr. Hughes presented to the happy couple numerous presents from their old friends, and a substantial cheque from members of the family. He said it was a wonderful gathering, and although they were honouring Mr. and Mrs. Andersen on reaching their diamond wedding anniversary they were not really old. In fact, one could not help noticing that they were getting younger all the lime; they were looking forward to a time when they would be in a country where one never grew old. They were good Christians, and he congratulated them heartily.
SON'S TRIBUTE TO PARENTS
Mr Andrew Andersen, the eldest son, said he was very proud of his father. Looking back, he could not remember his father ever having lost his temper; he always took time to consider things. Like all pioneers, his parents had had to "rough it" very often, and he clearly recollected the many occasions when his father had to walk from Pialba, where they had a selection, to Maryborough, where he was employed as blacksmith, sawmiller, and later still, as engine-driver at Messrs Wilson Hart's mill. His mother also had been always loving and gracious, though she, too, had had to work very hard in the days when there was little to get and little enough to eat. He trusted their parents would be spared to them for many years yet.
Mr G. C. Hansen (Dagun) said he and his wife (who is Mr and Mrs Andersen's eldest daughter) were very pleased to be present to do homage to their father and mother. It was a rare thing to be able to celebrate a diamond wedding day. These pioneers had had to put up with many hardships and in those early days it often happened that husbands were compelled to leave their families for months at a time to search for work. He felt sure they were grateful at having all their children together on this occasion, and wished them many more years of happiness. The company sang"For They Are Jolly Good Fellows" with enthusiasm
On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Andersen, Mr. Hansen thanked everyone who had assembled to help make this such a happy day, and also returned thanks for the beautiful presents. Special mention was made of Mrs. Day's kindness in making the cake, and those who had decorated it so prettily. Thanks were also given to Mr. Hushes for ably presiding over the gathering.
Mr Hansen remarked that it was a unique gathering as there were present the family of eight, five daughters and three sons, death having taken no toll so far; and also 35 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. In fact all the descendants were present excepting eight. Plotos were taken of the guests of honour.
LONG SEA JOURNEY
Mr Andersen left Denmark, his birthplace, on the ship "Alardas" on November 10, 1872, landing in Maryborough in June, 1873. The passage was rough, and the boat reported missing several times during the voyage. Mrs Andersen left Denmark by the ship Lamasmerhagen in November, 1876, landing in Maryborough on January 18, 1877, and the two were married by Pastor Hansen in the Danish Church, Maryborough, on April 29, of the same year.
For many years, they resided in Maryborough, where Mr Andersen was employed in Messrs Wilson and Hart's sawmill, for about thirty years, first as blacksmith, then as fireman, and later as engine driver. Forty years ago, Mrs Andersen and the family of eight left Maryborough to reside on a selection which Mr Andersen had taken up at Kawungan, near Pialba, while he himself continued to work for another six years at the sawmill, visiting the selection only at week-ends. Then he left the mill, and until 1915 made his living on the selection, in which year he and his wife retired to live quietly at Pialba.
The family comprises Mr Andrew Andersen (Pialba), Mr J W Andersen (Lagoon Pocket), Mrs G C Hansen (Dagun), Mrs P. J. Birt (Scarness), Mrs A. W. Messer (Yerra), Mrs M. Nissen (Pialba), and Miss A. Andersen (Pialba), Mr J W Andersen, the youngest son, enlisted early in the Great War, and was a prisoner in Germany for a long period
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Saturday, 8 May 1937
Peter Andersen, died 16th November 1913, aged 66yrs.
Mary Anne Catherine Andersen, died 25 June 1882, aged 3 months.
Niels Johannes Andersen,
died 7 February 1888, aged 8 months.
Anders Jensen, (father to Peter), died 6 October 1879 aged 59yrs.