Louis Metzger

Louis Metzger[1]

Male 1820 - 1903  (82 years)

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  • Name Louis Metzger 
    Born 24 Dec 1820  Mollkirch, Department of Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The birth date of Louis Metzger is taken from his first marriare record in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
      (Latter Day Saints, France Marriages, 1546-1924)

      Né le 24 décembre 1820 (dimanche)-Mollkirch,67190,Bas-Rhin,Alsace,FRANCE
      Caporal tambour au 65ème Régiment de ligne
      (Source, Family Tree of Corinne Mathilde SIMON, France)
      Born 24 December 1820 (Sunday)-Mollkirch, 67299, Bas Rhin, Alsace, France

      Louis, Elisabeth and Marie Louise Metzger left Dieppe, France on the clipper ship Lucie, on 5 Dec 1854 and arrived in Victoria on 7 Mar 1855

      SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.
      March 6.-Lucie, French ship, 614 tons, R. Vasselin, from Dieppe 5th December, with 209 second cabin passengers. Montefiore, Graham and Co.,
      agents.
      Transcribed from "The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria," Wednesday 7 March 1855

      By 6 Dec 1855 Louis Metzger was living at Chinaman's flat near Maryborough, Victoria

      Victorine Metzger was born on 6 Dec 1855 at Mount Moliagul. Her birth was registered in Maryborough on 11 Nov 1856 by Louis Metzger, Chinaman's Flat, storekeeper.

      Jules Metzger Metzger's birth was also registered in Maryborough in 1857

      Pleasant Creek Gold Memorial
      Granite memorial commemorates the centenary of the discovery of gold at Pleasant Creek in 1853.
      Gold was first discovered in Pleasant Creek near this memorial in May 1853, by William McLachlan, a hut keeper (or shepherd) employed by a Dr. Blunden. McLachlan found gold after panning in the Pleasant Creek, which was at that time part of Blunden's Concongella Station.
      This small find drew prospectors to the area which resulted in the large gold rush of 1857.
      Discoverers of new goldfields were usually rewarded by the Gold Fields Reward Board but McLachlan's claim was disallowed as he was not directly responsible for the later finds.

      Belle Vue Vineyard in 1861 by Louis Metzger on the banks of the Concongella Creek near the township of Stawell

      Eugenie's birth 5 Feb 1863, Pleasant Creek (Stawell)

      The Maryborough field opened in 1853, although it is said that the existence of gold in this area was known from 1848. A rush began in July 185

      History-Made the Grampian Way

      The Grampians is one of Australia's oldest wine regions with continuous production dating from the 1860?s!

      The story begins with the planting of Belle Vue Vineyard in 1861 by Louis Metzger on the banks of the Concongella Creek near the township of Stawell. Louis Metzger emigrated from Alsace, France and arrived in Australia in 1855, no doubt in search of fortune on the Victorian goldfields.

      Metzger's industry soon caught on and over the course of the next three decades vineyards flourished around the hills and valleys of the Grampians region. The original St Peter's Vineyard (Great Western) was planted in 1863, the Emerald Vineyard (Ararat) in 1864, and others such as the Ingor Vineyard at Mount Ararat and the Swiss Vineyard at Mount Langi Ghiran all point to a thriving viticultural community. According to a newspaper article published in the Ararat Advertiser, by 1893 the area of vines under cultivation had grown to 2000 acres across the various sub-regions of the Grampians.

      Our greatest success story from this period came in the person of Hans Irvine, dubbed by London's Punch magazine, the wine king of Australia. Irvine was a dominant force in the region, purchasing two thirds of the total production and picking up international awards with his Claret, Hock, Chablis, Burgundy, and Hermitage as well as pioneering sparkling production in Australia (NB: these wine names are no longer permitted for Australian produced wines). His own property, Great Western Vineyard, he purchased in 1888 from the estate of Joseph Best and is now the well-known Seppelt Great Western Vineyard. It features the unique underground drives, the most extensive wine cellars in the southern hemisphere, constructed by ex-goldminers.

      Quietly working in the background and laying the foundations for one of Australia?s most enduring wine brands, was Joseph Best's brother, Henry Best, the founder in 1866 of Best's Great Western Wines. The original wine cellar and one of the rarest collections of vines in the world can be visited today and reflect the pioneering spirit that forged the Grampians Wine Region.

      After such a promising start the region suffered a series of setbacks in common with other wine producing regions in Victoria, beginning with the economic depression of the 1890?s. This along with droughts and crop failures saw fortunes dwindle and producers move away from winegrapes to other agricultural enterprises. It would take the prodigious talents of an Australian wine legend to forever secure this region?s reputation for quality wine production. In 1932 Colin Preece became the manager of the Seppelt Great Western Vineyard and went on to become one Australia?s leading lights in the production of sparkling and table wines. In 1953-55 he released Moyston Claret, Chalambar Burgundy, Arawatta Riesling and Rhymney Chablis, each of these wines went on to become classics of their day and herald the modern era of the Australian wine industry.

      Preece was followed by modern day legends, Viv Thomson at Bests, Trevor Mast at Mount Langi Ghiran and Ian McKenzie at Seppelt. Together they set down the blueprint for a modern style of Shiraz and in doing so, announced the signature variety for the Grampians region. It is likely that Joseph Best introduced Shiraz to the Grampians region in the 1860?s and while always a consistent performer it has had to suffer the whims and fates of our boom and bust industry. Today it has assumed its rightful place as our hero varietal producing a long-lived medium bodied wine of incredible length and balance, its fine and supple frame overflowing with berry and spice flavours.

      As the world continues to shrink and our knowledge of wine grows, new varieties will be planted and new techniques developed to produce wines that excite and challenge the wine loving public. But whatever changes may come you can rely on the pioneering spirit of our founders to live on in our winemakers and grape growers.

      Bellviue Vineyard
      In the early 1890s, Bellevue was extended to 200 acres, including twenty-eight under vines and fifteen under fruit trees. As a complement to the vineyard, a large cellar had been built, as well as a storeroom of hardwood with double walls to maintain a low and even temperature for the aging process.74

      Metzger cultivated several different grape varieties,notably the sylvaner, imported from his native country of Alsace. François de Castella stated that he had never seen this type of grape anywhere else before in Victoria,75 which would indicate that Metzger was the first to introduce it in the colony

      Louis Metzger
      Shepherd's gold : the story of Stawell. / C.E. Sayers.
      Author: Sayers, C. E. (Charles Edward)
      Year: 1966

      Grapes and gold : glimpses of early Great Western / Arthur Kuehne. - 1980

      John Bull's Vineyard: Australian Sketches
      By Hubert De Castella



      The French in Victoria: Vignerons in the goldfields or gold-diggers in the vineyards? (1850s?1870s
      Page 108

      Great Western page 112

      Louis Metzger

      73 Dunstan, Better than Pommard, 119.

      74 The Stawell Times and Wimmera Advertiser, 4 October 1889, "The Viticultural Industry; 15 April 1891, The Coming Industry."

      75 Journal of the Board of Viticulture for Victoria, 10 March 1892, 78.

      Anne Marie and Emile Blampied and Jean Pierre Trouette

      79 Dunstan mentions "Bourthecourt" in the département of Marthe, but this department does not exist. It might be a misspelling in Dunstan's source. It is more likely referring to Burthecourt-aux-Chênes in the département of Meurthe-et-Moselle, which is in Lorraine, north-east France. See Dunstan, Better than Pommard, 119.

      80 Castella, Notes d'un vigneron.41.""Early Victorian Winegrowing."

      82 The Ararat Advertiser, 16 July 1914, 3. Great Western & Trouette Family, from M. F. Trouette's Scrapbook,"A", 1-2, typescript, SLV.

      83 The Ballarat Star, 18 October 1877, 3.

      84 Castella, Notes d'un vigneron.40-49.85Ibid., 43-44

      France of the southern hemisphere: transferring a European wine model to colonial Australia Mikaël Pierre

      To cite this version: Mikaël Pierre. ?France of the southern hemisphere?: transferring a European wine model to colonialAustralia. History. Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III; University of Newcastle (NSW,Australie)


      The Age - Oct 20, 1968

      Like the Ancient Marriner who drew the wedding guest aside, Ivan Carr a bushlean penisoner from Castlemaine, confronted me before I set out to the Wine Banquet last night.
      " Let me tell you about the best vintage of all," said Ivan Carr screwing up his eyes "I was an orphan adopted by Louis Metzger who had a Stawell vinyard. Two racing gents came from Sydney for some of our grapes"

      "Father gave them Whaltam cross and muscatel, Lady's Finger and Dorradilla. "What a fiest", said the gent. "Now I'll give you something. Black Murray King in the Sydney Cup".

      "Father" ' said, "Please give me ten bob to back Murray King". 'I'll give you nothing' he said. So I packed all my goods on a cart to run away.

      "Mother saw this and said, "Give him something father". So he gave me five bob.

      I went down to the Stawell Gift-only a shaver-and put the money on the horse".
      "Murray King came home at 200 to one. I stuffed the notes in my shirt and ran home, and in the excitement they all fell out at the dinner table."

      Ivan Carr began a lifetime of betting the four footed lottery. But he never had another coup like that. "Tell them at Wine week that the 1926 Stawell Grape Crop made the best win of all", said the ancient vintager".

      [From Golden to Music, Briefing by Michael Ryan]

      Louis Metzger. Possibly Jules Metzger.

      STAWELL, March 13.
      The principal industry in this district is fruit and vines. Mr L. Metzer, of Doctor's Creek, about three miles from here, is the pioneer of the vine industry, having started it as far back as the early 60?s. Messrs Trouette and Blampied, of Great Western, were the next to begin.
      Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 21 May 1910 - Page 43

    Gender Male 
    Emigration Jan 1855  From Strasbourg, France to Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Louis and Elizabeth Metzger and their daughter Louisa, emigrated from Strasbourg, Department of Bas, France, on the French Ship Lucie which sailed from the French Port of Dieppe in Jan 1855 and arrived at the Port of Melbourne on 8 Mar 1855.

    From the Passenger List of the Lucie in French
    Louis Metzger, age 28, son of Louis and Odil Kammerlocker, his wife aged 28 was the daughter of Pierre Hauri and Marie Loustau. They came from Strasbourg.
    (Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839?1923 )

    Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists 1839 -1923
    Name: Louis Melzger Estimated birth year: abt 1827 Age: 28 Arrival Date: 8 Mar 1855 Arrival Port: Melbourne, Australia Departure Port: Dieppe Ship: Lucie

    Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
    Family Name First Name Age Month Year
    Family Name: METZGER: First Name: LOUIS: Age: 28: Month: MAR: Year: 1855: Ship: LUCIE: Port: F: Fiche: 031: Page: 011
    Family Name: METZGER: ---- WIFE WITH: Age: 28: Month: MAR: Year: 1855: Ship: LUCIE: Port: F: Fiche: 031: Page: 011
    Family Name: METZGER: ---- INFANT WITH : Age: 1: Month: MAR: Year: 1855: Ship: LUCIE: Port: F: Fiche: 031: Page: 011

    Name: Louis Metzger
    Arrival Date: 8 Mar 1855
    Arrival Port: Melbourne, Australia
    Departure Port: Dieppe
    Ship: Lucie
    Nationality: French
     
    Arrival 7 Mar 1855  The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.
    March 6.-Lucie, French ship, 614 tons, R. Vasselin, from Dieppe 5th December, with 209 second cabin passengers. Montefiore, Graham and Co.,
    agents.
    Transcribed from "The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria," Wednesday 7 March 1855  
    Arrival 27 Mar 1855  Mariners and ships in Australian Waters Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mariners and ships in Australian Waters
    LUCIE
    OF DIEPPE, A. VASSELIN, MASTER, BURTHEN 615 TONS
    FROM THE PORT OF MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, 27TH MARCH, 1855 
    Departure 9 May 1855  Empire, Sydney, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    SHIPPING
    PASSAGE TO ENGLAND, VIA FRANCE,
    FOR DIEPPE.
    The superb French Clipper Ship LUCIE. 615 tons register, Captain Vattelin.
    From her superior accommndation and sailing qualities, this vessel presents a most desirable conveyance for passengers procceding either to England or the Continent. Between Dieppe and Southampton, steamers ply twice a day, and London is reached in 13 or 14 hours.
    For further particulars, apply to tho Commander on board or to KIRCHENER AND CO., 691 Wynyard-street.
    Transcribed from the "Empire,Sydney, NSW," Wednesday 9 May 1855 
    Land 1861  Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First Name: Louis
    Last Name: Metzger
    Title:
    Year: 1861
    Subject: Title Deeds
    Page: 928
    Country: Australia
    State: Victoria
    Location:
    Record set: Victoria government gazettes
    (Gazettes, Victoria 1858-1900)  
    Personal 1861  Bell Vue Vineyard, Concongella Creek, Stawell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Frenchman, Jean Pierre Trouette, was one who had great difficulty obtaining a block in Great Western, and it was only after much persistence, that, in about 1862, he was permitted to purchase a small allotment on the Concongella Creek. Trouette was born in 1833, in the town of Estampes, in the south of France, and was one of many Europeans attracted to the Australian gold rushes in the 1850's. Brother and sister, Emile and Marie Blampied, from a farming family, were two others drawn to the antipodes from France during the same period. They made their long journey south in 1852, when Marie was 20, and Emil 15, leaving home without informing their parents. The three Gallic fortune seekers met at Daylesford in 1856, where Jean Pieerre married Marie, and formed a mining partnership with Emil. Two years later they joined the rush to Great Western. Trouette from a wine growing area of France, began to believe that the vine could also flourish in the gravelly and sandy, undulating country about the gold field, so, although some locals called them "fools", in 1863, he and Blampied began planting vines on their plot beside the creek.
    The two men were actually not the first grape growers in the district. Many of the early spuatters planted vines, as well as fruit trees around their homesteads, and in 1861, at Concongella, near Stawell, another Frenchman, Louis Metzger, had also managed to secure a block of land on the Concongella Creek. He began a vineyard the same year, two years before his compatriots ten kilometres upstream. Being closer to the large population of Stawell, Metzger had an additional difficulty to combat to those faced by Trouette and Blampied; that of the townsfolk who were fond of of grapes crossing over Big Hill to raid his vines. In 1874, the two families were joined, when Emile Blampied married Louisa Metzger, the eldest daughter of Louis.
    (From Good Country For A Grant, A history of the Stawell Shire, by Robert Kingston. First published 1989)

     
    Personal 1861  Bell Vue Vineyard, Youlden's Bridge, Concongella Creek, Stawell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    It is not generally known as it should be that Mr. Louis Metzger, of Concongella Creek, whose holding is situated near Youlden's Bridge, was the pioneer vine-planter in this district with a view to producing wine. As a Frenchman from from a province in his native country in which he had been familiar with vineyard culture he possessed exceptional knowledge on the subject. He quickly released that it would be profitable on the plot of land which he had purchased from the Government, at a price beyond its intrinsic value for ordinary cultivation. His experiment , though only on a small scale, was moderately successful and the example being followed by neighbours marked the very earliest commencement of the wine producing interest, the ultimate importance of which none can tell.
    Everything was against Mr. Metzger at first: he had to fence in and cultivate a piece of wilderness, beside having to endure the ravages of native birds and other bush enemies, his orchard and vineyard, even during noon-day were robbed by mischievous boys, whose drepredations it was almost impossible to repress. Still, he persevered and proved to his neighbors that the soil and climate were suitable for vine culture, and that good palatable wine could be produced as well as luscious fruit. Taking the vine growers of the district in rotation as regards their commencing to plant Messrs. Trouette and Blampied of St. Peter?s Vineyard, Great Western, and the late Mr. Joe Best, of the same locality, were the next in the order of succession. -. The late Mr Trouette and his partner Mr. Blampied , though not reaping the reward their industry and enterprise merited , did much towards establishing the reputation of Great Western wines and the same must be said for of Mr Jos. Best. -
    (Stawell: Past and Present by Maynard Ord, published in 1896. Reproduced in 1999 by The Stawell Historical Society).
     
    Land 1865  Stawell, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First Name: Louis
    Last Name: Metzger
    Title:
    Year: 1865
    Subject: Title Deeds
    Page: 1032
    Country: Australia
    State: Victoria
    Location: Stawell
    Record set: Victoria government gazettes
    (Government Gazettes, Victoria 1858-1900) 
    Awards 20 Mar 1865  The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ARARAT.
    The fifth exhibition in connexion with the Ararat Agricultural Society

    There was a sharp competition for the prize in grapes between Mr. Metzgar, of Pleasant Creek, and Mr. Little, of Eversley. The exhibits of the former commended much admiration, not oniy on account of the sizes of the bunches but also because of their rich flavour. Mr. Little?s display was much more profuse than that of Mr. Metzgar, but the judges gave the prize to the latter.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 20 March 1865 - Page 6

     
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    Awards 28 Aug 1869  The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WIMMERA DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

    (ABRIDGED FROM THE ARARAT AND PLEASANT
    CREEK ADVERTISER. AUG. 20.)

    The first show of the above society came off yesterday at Pleasant Creek, and was a great success. The weather was fine, and visitors poured in during the whole of the earlier part of the day, to find the arrangements for their convenience admirably well devised, considering that this is the first show of a very young society.

    In wines there was a very fair amount of competition; for the best white wine of any age the first prize was taken by Messrs. Bryce and Chalmers; for that of 1868 first prize, Louis Metzger, of Concongella, and Trouette and Blancpied, of the Great Western, the second prize; for that of 1869 Louis Metzger, first prize. In the red wines, for the best half dozen of any age. Trouette and Blancpied, first prize, and Mooney Brothers, of Mooney's Gap, Avoca road, second prize; for that of 1868, Messrs. Mooney Brothers, first prize; for that of 1869, Messrs. Frey and Co. first prize, and Messrs. Trouette and Blancpied, second prize.

    It will be seen that, with only two exceptions, the prize-takers for wines are well-known growers in this district. For the best hogshead Colonial Ale the first prize was awarded to Mr. Powell, of the Excelsior Brewery, Stawell; Mr.Crawford, of the Ararat Brewery, obtaining honourable
    mention. A novel exhibit was made by Mr. Samuel Wilson, of Longerenong, in the shape of ostrich feathers. We append as complete a list of prizes as our reporter was able to obtain, his efforts not being a little impeded by
    a want of courtesy on the part of some
    of the officials.

    The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria, Saturday 28 August 1869 
    Awards 14 Oct 1869  The Ballarat Argricultural Show Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE BALLARAT AGRICULTURAL SHOW.
    Thursday was the great day at the Annual Show of the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and the yards were crowded, over 10,000 persons being present during the day.

    The following is the list of prize-takers and exhibitors.

    Exhibitors in the classes in which prizes were awarded yesterday:

    CLASS L.-COLONIAL LIQUORS.

    Section 3- Twelve bottles of red wine, vintage of 1867 or 1868 (made in the colonies and exhibited by grower)-First prize, £3; second, £2; third, £1. First prize, Alfred Lester, Ballarat; third, James Kerr, Buninyong; nc. second prize awarded. Other exhibitors, Louis Metzger, Pleasant Creek Reefs; Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, Stawell, vintage of 1868; Weber Bros., Leigh Road.

    Section 4-: Twelve bottles of white wine, of the vintage of 1867 or 1868 (made in the colonies and exhibited by grower)-: First prize, £3; second, £2; third, £1. First prize, Alfred Lester, Ballarat; second, Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, Stawell, vintage of 1868; third, Louis Metzger, Pleasant Creek Reefs. Other exhibitors, Weber Bros., Leigh road.
    Transcribed from "The Ballarat Star, Victoria," Friday 15 October 1869

     
    Awards 27 Aug 1870  The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WIMMERA DISTRICT PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
    (FROM THE ARARAT PLEASANT CREEK ADVERTISER, AUG. 19.)
    CLASS D.-WINE.
    Section 1.-Best half-dozen white wine of any age, £2, L. Metzgar; J. P. Trouette, honourable mention.
    Section 2.-Best half-dozen red wine, of any age, £2, L. Metzgar.
    Section 3.-Best half-dozen white wine, of 1868, £1, J. P. Trouette.
    Section 4.-Best half-dozen red wine, of 1867, £2. No competitor.
    Section 6.-Best half-dozen white wine, of 1869, £2, L. Metzgar; J. P. Trouette, honourable mention.
    Section 6.-Best half-dozen red wine, of 1869, £2, L. Metzgar; J. P. Trouette, honourable mention.
    The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria, Saturday 27 August 1870
     
    Fire 13 Mar 1872  The Ballarat Star, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The fire which occurred at the homestead of Mr Louis Metzger, of Concongella Creek, has, we (Ararat Advertiser) are sorry to say, destroyed all the property possessed by the proprietor. Mr Metzger was not insured, and about £lOOO is the amount of the loss which has been sustained; only a box, some papers, a couple of chairs, and the horses were saved; The fire was caused we learn, by the, igniting of a dress, which was hanging against the wall. All the crop of. wheat, consisting; of 20 bags, 1500 gallons of wine, the dwelling, outhouses, and barn were destroyed. A great deal of sympathy (which is likely to assume a very tangible form) is expressed for Mr Metzger. Subscription lists are now being carried round.
    The Ballarat Star, Victoria, Wednesday, 13 March 1872 
    Awards 29 Mar 1873  The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WIMMERA DISTRICT PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
    (FROM THE ARARAT ADVERTISER, MARCH 21
    FRUITS &c.-(Judges-Messrs. Clarke, Thompson, and McEvoy)

    Apples (three varieties)-First prize- Trouette and Blampied, second prize T. Metcalf.
    Fruits-First prize- Trouette and Blampied, second second prize, T Metcalf, L. Metzgar highly commended.
    Collection of Wine Grapes-Prize Trouette and Blampied, L. Metzgar, hon. mention.

    WINES-. (Judges-Messrs. True, B. Smith, Aeschimann, Holbing, Bercich, and Dr. Sharpe.)-
    Red Wine (under two years of age)-First prize Trouette and Blampied, second prize L. Metzgar.
    White Wine (under two years of age)-First and second prizes Joseph Best. Red Wine (any age)-First prize' Trouette and Blampied, second prize Joseph Best.
    White Wine (any age)-First prize Joseph Best, second prize Trouete and Blampied.

    The Australasian, Melbourne, Victoria, Saturday 29 March 1873
     
    Awards 17 Oct 1877  The Argus Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE NATIONAL SHOW AT STAWELL.
    [BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.]
    (From our own correspondent.)
    STAWELL, Thursday.
    The judges to-day completed their adjudications upon the wine exhibits, the number and quality of which showed the importance attached to the prizes offered. For the champion prize, value £20, for the best collections of wines the produce of the colonies, three varieties of red and white, there were nine entries namely -Mr. Fletcher, Warrion Vineyard, Colac, James Kelman, Brankstone ; the South Australian Vineyard Association , A. Bruhn, Emu Creek, Sandhurst ; J. Best, Great Western ; Trouette and Blampied, Great Western ; and Louis Metzger, StawelL.

    The same parties also competed for the champion prize of £10, For the red wine there were several competitors, and in addition to those mentioned was J. Griffenbagen, from Sandhurst.

    In section one there were entries from the following -Messrs. Fletcher, Kelman, N.S W. ; Bruhn, A. Fox Griffenhagen, J, and H Best, Trouette and Blampied, Metzger,G A Smith (Wahgunyah), and F. Cnppahburn.
    In section two the same exhibitors competed, with the addition of Mr. C. T. Sutherland. In section three there were 11 exhibitors, consisting of those already mentioned, and Messrs. Brierly and Wilson, Eversley, near Ararat. In section four, also, there was a large collection of exhibits contributed by vignerons whose names are included in the above.

    The champion prize of £20 was carried off by Mensrs. Trouette and Blampied, who were the first to undertake the cultivation of the vine at Great Western.
    The following is the result of the judges.
    Aawards:
    CLASS N.
    Colonial Wines (Grown hy Exhibitor) -Champion Prize, £20-.Best Collection of Wines (the produce of the colonies) three varieties of red wine and three varieties of white wine-Trouette and Blampied, Great Western.

    Best six Bottles of Colonial Red Wine, over three years of age-First Louis Metzger, Concongella Creek.

    Best Six Bottles Colonial White Wine, under two years of age-First, Jas. Kelman: second, Trouette and Blampied.
    Transcribed from "The Argus Melbourne, Victoria,"Wednesday 17 October 1877 
    Awards 14 Apr 1881  The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL
    EXHIBITION AWARDS.
    WINES.
    Victoria.
    L Metzger, Stawell, white muscat, 1872.
    Joseph Best, Great Western, sauterne, 1876, Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, sauterne No 1, 1874, chablis No 2, 1874 (two awards)
    J.Best, Great Western, claret, 1878. Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, claret 1878, L Metzger, Stawell, claret 1878.
    Trouette and Blampied, Great Western champagne, 1875
    Transcribed from "The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria," Thursday 14 April 1881
     
    Personal 21 May 1882  Victoria Police Gazette document Find all individuals with events at this location 

    HENRY JONES absconded from his licensed service with Louis Metzger, vigneron , Concongella Creek,
    via Stawell, on the 9th inst.
    Description
    :-About 14 years of age, 4 feet 6 inches high,
    square build , dark complexion and hair, strong
    healthy appearance; wore a dark tweed suit and
    black soft-felt hat.-O.4375.
    21st May, 1892.
    Collection Courts & Legal -
    HENRY JONES absconded from his licensed service with Louis Metzger, vigneron , Concongella Creek,
    via Stawell, on the 9th inst.
    Description
    :-About 14 years of age, 4 feet 6 inches high,
    square build , dark complexion and hair, strong
    healthy appearance; wore a dark tweed suit and
    black soft-felt hat.-O.4375.
    21st May, 1892.
    Collection Courts & Legal-Victoria Police Gazette document
    (FindmyPast)

     
    Personal 4 Nov 1883  Advocate, Parramatta, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fruitgrowers? Notes.
    As a cure for oidium, it is said by M. Paul do Castella to be more powerful than sulphur.
    Applied to peach trees, ST.- Louis Metzgar, of the Bellevue Vineyard, Victoria, says it prevents fungoid diseases to which those trees are liable
    The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950) Saturday 4 November 1893 - Page 6

     
    Land 26 Aug 1893  The Mildura Cultivator, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Par-Oidium
    As a cure for oidium, it is said by M. Paul de Castelia to be more powerful than sulpher. Applied to peach-trees, M. Louis Metzger, of the Belleview Vineyard, Victoria, says it prevents fungoid diseases to which those trees are liable. Other able vignerons and orchardists also bear flattering testominy to its beneficial effects, and it is certainly worth trying by the Mildura growers.
    Transcribed from "The Mildura Cultivator, Victoria", Saturday 26 August 1893 
    Interests 1894  RMS Catalogue of Exhibits 1894 - The Royal Agricultural Society Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ,.. ADVERTISEMENTS.
    PAR-OIDIUM
    M. A Host Powerful Insecticide, and Guaranteed to DESTROY Oidium Mildew, Vine Parasites. Chlorosis and all Parasitical Insects of Plants, Vegetable Gardens, &c.

    TESTIMONIALS. GREAT WESTERN, 8th February, 1893. Dear Sirs,
    In reply to your favour of the 24th ult., we have much pleasure in informing you that we have tried the PAROIDIUM on peach trees, and the result obtained is really very satisfactory. The vines also submitted to this treatment have given great satisfaction.
    Yours faithfully,
    (Signed) TROUETTE & BLAMPIED, St. Peter's Vineyard

    8th February, 1893.
    Dear Sirs,
    Your favour of the 24th ult. duly to hand. I have much pleasure in informing you that I have tried the PAR-OIDIUM on peach trees and the result obtained is really very satisfactory. The vines submitted to this treatment have a fine aspect, and the difference between these and those not treated is remarkable.
    Yours truly,
    (Signed) LOUIS METZGER, Bellevue Vineyard, Concongella Creek.

    St. Peter's Vineyard, Great Western and Bellevue Vineyard, Concongella Creek.
     
    Interests 1894  RMS Catalogue of Exhibits 1894 - The Royal Agricultural Society Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ADVERTISEMENTS.
    PAROIDIU M. A Host Powerful Insecticide, and Guaranteed to DESTROY Oidium Mildew, Vine Parasites. Chlorosis and all Parasitical Insects of Plants, Vegetable Gardens, &c.

    TESTIMONIALS. GREAT WESTERN,
    8th February, 1893.
    Dear Sirs,
    In reply to your favour of the 24th ult., we have much pleasure in informing you that we have tried the PAROIDIUM on peach trees, and the result obtained is really very satisfactory. The vines also submitted to this treatment have given great satisfaction.?Yours faithfully,
    (Signed) TROUETTE & BLAMPIED, St. Peter's Vineyard

    8th February, 1893.
    Dear Sirs,
    Your favour of the 24th ult. duly to hand. I have much pleasure in informing you that I have tried the PAR-OIDIUM on peach trees and the result obtained is really very satisfactory. The vines submitted to this treatment have a fine aspect, and the difference between these and those not treated is remarkable.
    Yours truly,
    (Signed) LOUIS METZGER, Bellevue Vineyard, Concongella Creek.
     
    Interests 27 Jan 1894  Leader, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mr. Metzger, an Alsatian, was the first to establish a vineyard on Doctor?s Creek, in the immediate neighborhood of Great Western After him came Messrs. Trouette and Blampied, who planted vines on the banks of Concongella Creek in the early sixties. They hnd n good
    local market selling grapes to the diggers. Then they started wine making, and the thirsty gold
    seekers in the district drank all they could make.
    This vineyard they named St. Peter's.
    Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935) Saturday 27 January 1894 - Page 30
     
    Electoral Roll 1903  Doctor's Creek, Stawell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    VICTORIA ELECTORAL ROLL 1903
    Division of Grampians - Polling Place -Parish of Stawell
    No 117: METZGER, Louis: Place of Living: Doctor's Creek: Occupation: vigneron
    No 118: METZGER, Jules: Place of Living: Doctor's Creek: Occupation: vigneron
     
    Died 16 Mar 1903  St. Louis' Vineyard, Doctor's Creek, Stawell, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Information on Death Certificate
      Death, 16 March 1903 at Doctors Creek, Shire of Stawell, County of Borung: Louis Metzger, Vigneron, age 82 years. the cause of death was Pneumonia and Bronchitis for 10 days and Heart Desease for several years.
      Louis Metzger was born in Mollkirch, France and his parents were Louis Metzger, Farmer and Odile Ramerlocher. The Informant of his death was his son Jules Metzger of Doctor's Creek near Stawell.
      Louis was buried on 19 Mar 1903 in Stawell Cemetery, by the Rev Denis R Howell, Roman Catholic Clergyman.
      He was married , at age not known, to Eliza Lloyd formally Murray. He was previously married at Strasbourg to Elizabeth Haurie. Age not known.
      The childen by his first marriage were, Louis, dead: Marie Louise age 49 years, Victorine, 47 years, Jules 45 years and Eugenie, 40 years. By second marriage, no issue

      Note
      On Louis Metzger's Marriage record in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France, his parents are Louis Metzger and Odile Kammerlocher
      Latter Day Saints, France Marriages, 1546-1924)
    Death Notice 17 Mar 1903  Doctors Creek, Stawell Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stawell News& Pleasant Creek Chronicle, Tuesday 17th. March 1903- " It will be learnt with general regret that Mr. Louis Metzger, of Doctors Creek, died yesterday at about one o`clock.
    The deceased had been ailing for some time, and his demise was not unexpected.
    He had reached the advanced age of 82 years at the time of his death, and was a very old resident of the district.
    His wife predeceased him about 11 months ago, and he leaves a grown up family to mourn his loss.
    The funeral will leave his residence at Doctor`s Creek at 2.30 o`clock tomorrow afternoon".
     
    Funeral Notice 17 Mar 1903  Stawell, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stawell News& Pleasant Creek Chronicle, Tuesday 17th. March 1903-
    The friends of the late Mr. Louis Metzger are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Stawell Cemetery.
    The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence Doctor`s Creek, TOMORROW (Wendesday) AFTERNOON at half past two 0`clock.
    F. Crouch, Undertaker 
    Obituary 19 Mar 1903  The Ballarat Star, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    OBITUARY.
    The death is reported of Mr Louis Metzger, vigneron, of Doctor's Creek, which occurred at his residence on Monday afternoon. Deceased, who was 82 years of age, had been unwell for some time, and gradually growing worse passed quietly away. The deceased gentleman was a very old colonist, and had resided in this district most of the time, being highly respected by all who knew him. Mrs Metzger died about 11 months ago. He leaves a grown up family of one son and two daughters to mourn their loss.
    The Ballarat Star, Victoria, Thursday, 19 March 1903
     
    Probate 28 Mar 1903  The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of 14 days from the publication hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria in its Probate jurisdiction that PROBATE of the WILL and codicil thereto of LOUIS METZGER, late of Stawell, in the said state, vigneron, deceased may be granted to Charles Francis Lloyd (In the said will named Charles Lloyd) of Sugarloaf near Great Western, in the said state, farmer, and Angus McLennan, of Doctor's Creek near Stawell aforesaid farmer, the executors named in and appointed by the said will.
    Dated this 26th day of March 1903
    WILLIAM LINDSAY, Main street Stawell, proctor for the applicants.
    Transcribed from from "The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria", Saturday, 28 March 1903
     
    Interests 21 May 1910  Weekly Times,(Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    STAWELL, March 13.
    The principal industry in this district is fruit and vines. Mr L. Metzer, of Doctor's Creek, about three miles from here, is the pioneer of the vine industry, having started it as far back as the early 60?s. Messrs Trouette and Blampied, of Great Western, were the next to begin.
    Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 21 May 1910 - Page 43
     
    Buried 18 Mar.1903  Stawell Cemetery, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Department of Bas Rhine.
      The department is named ("Lower-Rhine") after the river Rhin.
      The department is made of Lower-Alsace, to which the cantons of La Petite-Pierre and Sarre-Union, former possessions of the House of Deux-Ponts and Hanau, were added in 1792
      The General Council of the department of Bas- Rhin (the former Lower Alsace), also located in Strasbourg, flies the banner of Lower Alsace.
      The General Council of Haut- Rhin (the former Upper-Alsace), located in Colmar, flies the banner of Upper-Alsace.

      Mollkirch is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France

      Mollkirch: the town, its history ...
      The town
      Mollkirch is a village with a population of 650 situated in the Vosges 40 kilometres to the west of Strasbourg at an altitude of 320 metres. The name Mollkirch is derived from Magel-Kirch, then Mahlkirch, the church of the river Magel. The name Mahlkirch is mentioned as early as 1220. We can deduce that a church already existed at the date.
      Mollkirch used to be based on forestry, also agricultural with a few farms. The tradition of sheep breeding still exists in the village, but these animals have been superseded by livery horses. Mollkirch has become popular for its livery stables over the last few years. There are also fruit trees (cherries, mirabelle plums, quetsches (local damsons), apples and walnuts).
      Mollkirch still has a large sawmill and a company selling forestry vehicles on its territory, both situated in the Bruche valley outside the village. In the village there is also a carpenter and a joiner.

      Mollkirch: History.
      The first signs of human life in the area are the Celtic tumuli (dating somewhere from 800BC) which are located in the Bannholz woods just next to the road from Mollkirch to Gresswiller. Excavations were carried out at the beginning of the 20th century and the meagre findings are to be found in the Historical Museum in Haguenau. To find the tumuli, stop on the level plateau as you come from Mollkirch. The tumuli are opposite a group of larches which suffered badly in the Boxing Day 1999 storm.
      Gallo-roman remains
      The most interesting gallo-roman site within easily walkable distance is the Purpurkopf which can be reached from the Fackenthal campsite. The Purpurkopf is a hilltop fortified by several stone walls with its own well. Do not forgot to visit the Pagan wall at the Mont Saint Odile.
      Mediaeval history
      The history of Mollkirch is quite rich, as it is closely linked to that of its castle, the Guirbaden, perched high on a strategic point overlooking the Magel valley. From 1225 to the French Revolution Mollkirch belonged to the Bishopric of Strasbourg.
      It was indeed in Mollkirch that the peasants revolt began. In March 1525 the inhabitants of Mollkirch rose up against the Rathsamhausen lords.
      Mollkirch is a traditionally catholic village with its church dating from 1837. The Klosterie Chapel, dating back to 1135 and a listed historical building, is to be found at the far end of Laubenheim and is by far the oldest building in the village.

      Strasbourg, France
      Strasbourg (Alsatian, Strossburi; German, Strassburg) is located in the strategical crossroad between the Romanic and Germanic areas, materialized by the Rhine river. Its Latin name, Strateburgum (the City of the Roads) emphasized its importance.


    • Pioneer farmers on small lots grew grapes: Louis F. Metzger, a Frenchman, had a small vineyard near Youlden's bridge . He sold his wine in flagons in Stawell, and Mrs. Metzger drove a cobered wagon into town with the produce.
      (From Shepherd's Gold, C.E. Sayers, 1966)

      It was in the 1850's that vines, sourced from Geelong were first planted in Great Western by Frenchman Louis Metzger. He was shortly followed by fellow immigrants Blampied and Trouette before the more famous brothers Joseph and Henry Best established vineyards and wineries on opposite sides of the main road from Melbourne to Adelaide and adjacent to Concongella Creek. Back then the road was still being used by Cobb & Co. as a stage-route, transporting gold from the area. By the turn of the century there were over 100 vignerons in the district cultivation about 2000 acres of vines.

      Louis Metzger named his vineyard Bell Vue.

      He showed his wines in the First District Agricultural Show at Stawell,on the 19 Aug 1869, and was successful . He was a Vigneron until his death.
    Person ID I4389  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2021 

    Father Louis Metzger,   b. 20 Aug 1795, Mollkirch, Department of Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1823, Mollkirch, Department of Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Mother Odile Kammerlocher,   b. 5 Oct 1795, Mollkirch, Department of Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1832, Mollkirch, Department of Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1819  Mollkirch, Deptartment of Bas - Rhin, Alase, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1360  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Élisabeth /Elizabeth Haurie,   b. 24 May 1826, Nablas, Pyrénées-Atlantiques , Department of Bas, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Feb 1868, Pleasant Creek {Stawell}. Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1854  Strasbourg, Department of Bas, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Groom's Name: Louis Metzger
      Groom's Birth Date: 24 Dec 1820
      Groom's Birthplace: Mollkirch, Bas Rhin
      Groom's Age:
      Bride's Name: Elisabeth Haurie
      Bride's Birth Date: 24 May 1826
      Bride's Birthplace: Nabas, Basses Pyrenees
      Bride's Age:
      Marriage Date: 29 Aug 1854
      Marriage Place: Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France
      Groom's Father's Name: Louis Metzger
      Groom's Mother's Name: Odile Kammerlocher
      Bride's Father's Name: Pierre Haurie
      Bride's Mother's Name: Marie Loustau

      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M83580-6 System Origin: France-EASy Source Film Number: 759123
      (Latter Day Saints, France Marriages, 1546-1924)

      Union: Acte de mariage N° 325 - METZGER Louis et HAURIE Elisabeth 29 août 1854 - Strasbourg - Registre d'état civil - Mariage - 1854 - Deed - Archives départementales du Bas Rhin - http://archives.bas-rhin.fr - Original aux Archives Municipales de Strasbourg.
      (From the Family tree of Corinne Mathilde SIMON, France)
    Children 
    +1. Marie Louise Metzger,   b. 15 Aug 1853, Montelimar, Drôme, Rhône-Alpes, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1939, Nicholson Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Louis Metzger,   b. Abt 1854, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1854, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +3. Victorine Josephine Metzger,   b. 06 Dec 1855, Mt. Molliagu, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1926, 39 Spring St., Geelong West, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. Jules Metzger,   b. 1857, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1927, St. Louis' Vineyard, Doctors Creek, Stawell, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +5. Eugenie Elizabeth Metzger,   b. 15 Feb 1863, Pleasant Creek [Stawell], Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1928, St. Vincents Hospital, Fitzroy. Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F1359  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth Lloyd,   b. Abt 1837, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1902, Concongella Creek, Stawell, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 02 Aug 1869  Quartz Reef Catholic Chapel, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Registration
      Surname: METZGER: Christian Name: Lewis: Event: Marriage: Spouse: LLOYD Elizabeth: Birth Place Place: FRANCE: Year: 1869 Reg No 454 [Pioneer Index, Victoria 1836 -1888]

      Information from Marriage Certificate
      Marriage: 28 March 1869 at Quartz Reef Catholic Chapel.
      Louis Metzger, Widower.Date: February 7 1868. There were 4 living children and 1 dead. Birth place: Mollkirch, France. Louis was a farmer, age 40 years of Concongella. Father: Louis Metzger, Farmer. Mother: Odile Ramerlocher.
      and Elizabeth Loyd, Widow on March 12 1866. 0 children living, 4 dead.Birth Place: Co Limerick, Ireland. Elizabeth was 32 years old and living at Pleasant Creek Father: Francis Lloyd, Farmer: Mother: Catherine Carroll.
      The witnesses were Michael Lloyd [Elizabeth's brother] and Bridget Hastings
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F1796  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Louis Metzger, 24 Dec 1820, Mollkirch, Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France- 16 Mar 1903, St. Louis' Vineyard, Doctor's Creek, Stawell, Victoria, Australia
    Louis Metzger, 24 Dec 1820, Mollkirch, Bas - Rhin, Alsace, France- 16 Mar 1903, St. Louis' Vineyard, Doctor's Creek, Stawell, Victoria, Australia
    The photo isthought to have been taken in the 1870's
    Louis Metzger and Elizabeth Haurie with Marie Louise
Emigration
    Louis Metzger and Elizabeth Haurie with Marie Louise Emigration
    Louis, Elizabeth and Marie Louise, emigration
    Louis, Elizabeth and Marie Louise, emigration

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Mrs Laurina Collins.


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