Abt 1862 - 1935 (~ 73 years)
||Catharina Margaretha Kunst |
||13 Sep 1927
||Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland
|MR & MRS KUNST FAREWELLED|
WORTHY PIONEERS OF DISTRICT
Munna Creek, September 8, 1927
The local hall was packed to its utmost extent recently, when the residents of the districts assembled to say farewell to Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Kunst, who have since left to take up their residence in Gympie. About 11 p.m., after dainty refreshments had been served by the ladies' committee, Mr. A. Thompson called on Mr. A. D. Carswell to address the gathering. Mr. Carswell stated that he had known Mr. and Mrs. Kunst practically since they settled in the district, and he always held a high opinion of them. He wished both every happiness in their new home.
Mr. G. Nahrung, speaking on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Kunst's Miva friends said that he had known Mr. and Mrs. Kunst for many years. He had also known their family who were a credit to them, and he advised the young folks to follow in their parents' footsteps. Mr. Nahrung concluded a very neat speech by wishing Mr. and Mrs. Kunst many years of joy and contentment in their new home in Gympie.
LIFE OF THE PIONEERS
Mr. Thompson expressed pleasant surprise and pride at the large gathering of residents and friends who had come to say au revoir to two of the district's worthy pioneers. Mr. Thompson said that the function had not been organised in any way, and what they saw that night was spontaneous evidence of the appreciation of the lives of two people spent usefully and honourably in the district in which they had lived. The coming of the Kunst family dated back to 1871 when the first of four brothers, Mr. H. J. Kunst, of "Greenwood", then quite a young man, landed in Queensland. In 1877 two younger brothers landed in the State, evidently attracted by good reports of the first adventurer. One of them was their esteemed guest, Mr. H. P. Kunst. The other was his younger brother, Mr. C. H. Kunst. Bush life in its many callings appealed to these young men, and on June 1, 1882, they pitched their camps on the bank of the Munna Creek. They had selected land and were bent on becoming tillers of the soil.
Continuing, Mr. Thompson stated that in those days no large amount of capital was required to start a farm-a cross-cut saw, a maul, a set of wedges, a couple of good axes and later on, a chip hoe. These combined with strong arms and stout hearts and a determination to win through, were the first and essential requirements of the early settlers in this district, nearly half a century ago. These early settlers faced all the difficulties that came to them in the spirit that they must be met, if one is to win in the struggle. Droughts, fires and floods had to be contended with. There were big crops and small prices, and the means of conveying the produce to markets were very different from today. That these two young men were built of the right "stuff" seems to have been proved by the fact that in the year 1887 their guest was able to make a trip back to the land of his birth. It would almost seem that he had come to the conclusion that the life of a bachelor on the farm was not the right kind of life, for he brought back with him a helpmate in the person of his honoured and esteemed wife. (Applause)
With him also came another brother, Mr J. F. Kunst, with his wife and four boys. While their guest had crossed 12,000 or 13,000 miles of ocean to claim his wife, his bachelor brother was not leaving anything to chance, as he merely crossed the creek and there he found his helpmate, a daughter of a neighbouring selector. "So I have given you a brief early history of the couple whom we are honouring this night", said Mr. Thompson.
WORTHY PARENTS; WORTHY FAMILY
Continuing, Mr. Thompson stated that so far as he was concerned, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Kunst were amongst his very earliest recollections of human beings outside his own immediate family. He had known them as long as he could remember. He had grown up with their family, and knew the part they had played in the district's welfare. They were now retiring to a well earned rest, and were leaving a worthy family, worthily following their parents' footsteps, to carry on the work where the parents had left off. (Applause). Though there were still many trials for the people on the land, these young people faced life with prospects infinitely brighter, and conditions of country life generally improved beyond all comparison with the conditions of 45 years ago. In the securing of these better conditions, Mr. and Mrs. Kunst had played their part. They were leaving behind them a reputation which was honour itself. Perhaps the greatest gift to the community was the splendid example of success which follows a life of useful endeavour, backed up by a steady determination to survive against all odds. They were a credit to the land that give them birth, and to this, the land of their adoption. (Applause).
That they would enjoy their leisure in their new home and would yet be spared many years of happiness was the wish of every individual present and of many friends who, for various reasons, were unable to join in that function. He asked Mr. and Mrs. Kunst to accept a token of admiration and esteem in the shape of a sea-grass lounge and comfortable chair, from the people of the district. (Applause)
Mr. G. Nahrung returned thanks on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Kunst, who were deeply moved by the kindness of the people of the district. Dance music was supplied by Mrs. E. Kunst (piano) who was assisted at intervals by Mrs. A. Corcoran, Miss E. Birt, and Mr. E. Hartvigsen. Mr. A. Sauer carried out the duties of M.C. in his usual capable manner.
Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser, Queensland, Tuesday, 13 September 1927
||Munna Creek Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
- Munna Creek Cemetery
Tiaro Shire, Queensland, Australia
Kunst, Hans Peter, d. 21-12-1936, Age:83
Kunst, Catharina Margaretha, d. 9-12-1935, Age:73y11m
||09 Dec 1935
||Miva District, Queensland, Australia
- Death Registration
KUNST Cathrina Margaretha: Death: 09 .12.1935: Father: Peter: Mother: Christina HARTVIGSEN. Reg No 1935/4639 [Queensland Death Register 1829 - 1964]
||Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
||5 Oct 2014 |
||Hans Peter Kunst, b. Abt 1854, Germany , d. 21 Dec 1936, Queensland, Australia (Age ~ 82 years) |
| ||1. Herbert Henry Kunst, b. 7 Jan 1904, Queensland, Australia , d. 7 Jul 1936, Munna Creek, Queensland, Australia (Age 32 years)|
| ||2. Walter Thomas Kunst, b. 7 Oct 1894, Queensland, Australia |
||5 Oct 2014 |