An extarodinary man.
"Blowering Run No. 176"
E G Brown purchased Blowering Station from Captain John Charles & Edith Whitty, JP. Then sold it to Joseph & Jane Lambert.
Edward George BROWN
Edward George BROWN, was born in Denmark to english parents John BROWN & Charlotte DOWLING
On 23 January 1838, John and Charlotte Brown, their children, a nanny and three servants arrived in Sydney from England on the Marquis of Hastings.
Although the voyage had lasted four months, number of passengers, including John Brown, were so satisfied with the journey that they published an open
letter in The Sydney Herald to the captain of the ship. The letter stated that "after a very agreeable passage we cannot deny ourselves the pleasure of
expressing to you our high sense of the obligations we owe you for your unremitting attention to our comfort during the voyage, and we request you will
accept our sincere thanks."
William, was born in India.
Walterus were born in Australia.
John Brown was 51 years old when he and his family arrived in Australia. When the family found a property which suited their purposes at "Upper Paterson" (now Gresford) in the Hunter Valley, Brown named it Colstoun after his ancestral home in Haddington, Scotland.
John and Charlotte Brown and their children were pioneers in New South Wales. They unleashed a great deal of energy, talent, courage and tenacity upon the colony.
Some of the large family settled in the Upper Paterson area, while others moved to other parts of Australia.
A few, once married, returned to the United Kingdom and
William, who had been born in India, went to China where, in 1847, he was killed whilst in the Huangpu District, Guangdong province.
John Brown referred to his son as being "barbarously murdered by the Chinese at Canton together with five of his companions."
1846 saw Mr Edward George Brown came to Blowering Station to work for his brother-in-law & sister John Charles & Louisa Whitty, the then owners of the Blowering Run.
Owner - Tumut Plains and Wermatong
Tumut Shire Councillor
In 1846 Mr. E. G. Brown appears on the Tumut scene. He was a native of Denmark and was 17 years of age when he arrived in Tumut and went to live with his brother J. C. Whitty at Blowering. 0
He built up a reputation as an expert horseman and made a famous overland trip to South Australia with cattle.
In 1854 he married the eldest daughter of George Shelley of Tumut Plains.
Mr Brown purchased Blowering Station shortly after his marriage.
He later sold Blowering and then purchased Tumut Plains estate and Mr. W.L. Harris became his partner.
In August 1866, he was elected to Parliament, defeating Mr. George Thornton, one time mayor of Sydney. For six years Brown represented his constituency in the Legislative Assembly.
Mr. Brown commenced business in Tumut as a stock and station agent, living firstly at Bombowlee and then in Wynyard Street (in the old house behind the school tuckshop).
In 1890 Mr. Brown successfully contested a seat in Parliament for this electorate. On 2nd July, 1887, he was unanimously elected the first Mayor of the Tumut Municipality.
He was a magistrate, a keen churchman, and warden of the C. of E., and at various times he was president of the Tumut Turf Club, the A. & P. Association and the School of Arts.
Mr. Brown died in September, 1895, and as a mark of esteem friends and citizens of Tumut built a cottage as a practical memorial to him. This cottage still stands and is located behind the new Tumut River County Council building. - (Ref- Rev John French).
Eight years later in 1854 Mr Edward George Brown married 17 year old Miss Amelia Matilda Shelley eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs George & Amelia Shelly at their home on the "Tumut Plains" Run, NSW. - (Ref NSW BDM V1854892 41B/1854).
1. 1856 Edward Charles Brown, was born in TUMUT, NSW. was baptised on the 27th July, 1856 in the C/E Church in the Parish of Tumut, in the Dioces of Canberra,in River Road, Tumut, by the Rev.Samuel Fox. In 1884 he married Miss Reginald Clara RANKIN in TUMUT - (Ref- NSW BDM 7221/1884. - He died in 1932 in TUMUT - (Ref- NSW BDM 17662/1932).
2. 1857 Arthur Henry Brown, parents Edward George (Shown as a Squatter) & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW. - (Ref - NSW BDM 11484)
3. 12604/1858 BROWN, (MALE) parents EDWARD G & AMELIA in TUMUT, NSW.
4. 1860 Fanny Louise Brown, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW. - (REf NSW BDM 12832 and Extract from the C/E Parish of Tumut, in the Diocese of Canberra and Mrs Rhonda Roddy). Records show tha Fanny Louise died in 1832 in Tumut, NSW. - (Ref NSW BDM 2172)
5. 1862 Effie Matilda BROWN, whoes parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW. - (Ref NSW BDM 14137 was Baptised in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut on the 30th December, 1862 - Effie died in 1880 in Tumut, NSW. - (Ref NSW BDM 10448 and Mrs Rholda Roddy.)
6. 1864 Walter Bland BROWN, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW.- (Ref NSW BDM 15463) He was baptised on the 8th April, 1865in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut - Ref Church Extract and Mrs Rholda Roddy).
7. 1866 Amelia Sydney BROWN, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT,NSW. She was baptised in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut on the 7th December, 1886 - Ref Extract from Baptism Records and Mrs Rhonda Roddy.)- (Ref NSW BDM 15536)
8. 1868 Walterus Le Brun BROWN whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in Tumut, NSW. - he was baptised in the C/E Church, River Street, Tumut. (Ref Extract from the Parish of Tumut in the Diocese of Canberra and Mrs Rhonda Roddy.)
9. 1869 Emily BROWN, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW. - (REf NSW BDM 18731) Emily was baptised in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut. By the Rev. W H Pownall - (Ref Church Baptisms Record dated the 16th January, 1870) - died in 1869 in Tumut.
10. 18282/1871 BROWN, UNNAMED parents EDWARD G & AMELIA M in TUMUT, NSW. - died in 1871 in Tumut.
11. 1873 - BROWN — June 21, at Blowering, Tumut, the wife of F. G. Brown, Esq., of a son. - - (Ref-The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Saturday 12 July 1873). - Also in the NSW BDM Records show 19558/1873 Malcolm George BROWN, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW. He was baptised in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut, NSW, by the Rev D E Jones. His fathers employment shown as a Squatter. - (Ref Extract from Church Baptism Records and Mrs Rhonda Roddy) and (Ref NSW BDM 19558) - died in 1944 in Orange.- (Ref - NSW BDM 4534/1944).
12. 1874 Ethel Vyner BROWN, whose parents were Edward George & Amelia Matilda was born in TUMUT, NSW.- (REf NSW BDM 20176) Ethel was baptised in the C/E Church, River Road, Tumut, NSW on the 18th February, 1875 by the Rev D E Jones, he fathers occupation was shown as a squatter. (Ref Extract from Paish of Tumut in the Diosece of Canberra and Mrs Rholda Roddy) - died in 1954 in Hornsby, NSW - (Ref - NSW BDM 1813/1954)
13. 21166/1876 BROWN, UNNAMED parents EDWARD GEORGE & AMELIA MATILDA in TUMUT, NSW. - died in 1876 in Tumut.
14. In 1878 Daisy B BROWN, was born in TUMUT, NSW. - (REf NSW BDM 23090/1878) In 1919 Daisy B married Mr Surtee S COOKE, in Tumut, NSW - (Ref - NSW BDM 4313).
15. 27526/1881 BROWN, UNNAMED parents EDWARD GEORGE & AMELIA MATILDA in TUMUT, NSW. - died in 1881 in Tumut.
1836 - December 21, 1836 - Birth of Amelia - Paramatta, N.S.Wales, Australien
1854 - December 12, 1854 - Age 17 - Marriage of Amelia to Edward Brown - Plains House, Tumut. NSW
1856 - March 1, 1856 - Age 19 - Birth of Edward Brown - East Blowering.NSW
1857 - May 15, 1857 - Age 20 - Birth of Arthur Brown - NSW
1858 - December 17, 1858 - Age 21 - Birth of Arthur Brown - Tumut, NSW
1860 - August 2, 1860 - Age 23 - Birth of Fanny Brown - East Blowering, NSW
1862 - December 5, 1862 - Age 25 - Birth of Effie Brown - West Blowering, NSW
1864 - October 22, 1864 - Age 27 - Birth of Walter Brown - West Blowering, NSW
1866 - October 19, 1866 - Age 29 - Birth of Amelia Broun - West Blowering, NSW
1869 - July 28, 1869 - Age 32 - Birth of Emily Broun - West Blowering, NSW - (Ref- http://www.geni.com/people/Amelia-Brown/6000000017632364182).
Mr. Edward George Brown, ex-M.L.A., first Mayor of Tumut, and one of the oldest residents, died to-day from the effects of an apoplectic seizure. The deceased was 66 years of age. He was intimately identified with this town and district.
Original publication - Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 1895, p 5 (view original)
- profile, Australian Town and Country Journal, 13 August 1887, p 27
- contests an action for slander, Australian Town and Country Journal, 1 October 1892, p 13
-funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1895, p 5
- a meeting of Tumut residents proposes to erect a memorial in his honour, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 1895, p 5
Related Entries in NCB Sites
view family tree
Brown, John (father) go to Obituaries Australia entry
Walsh, Elizabeth (sister)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Sigismunda (sister)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, John Dowling (brother)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Herbert Harrington (brother)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Nugent Wade (brother)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Walterus Le Brun (brother)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Whitty, John Charles (brother-in-law) go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Walter (brother-in-law)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Walsh, William Henry (brother-in-law)go to Obituaries Australia entry go to ADB entry
Whitty, Charles Dowling (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Whitty, Henry Tarlton (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Walsh, William Henry (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Percy (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, John Dowling (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Edward John (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Walter Sigismund (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, William Le Brun (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Walsh, Western (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Herbert Lindeman (nephew)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Harris, Hamlyn Lavicourt (business partner) go to Obituaries Australia entry
Taylor, John (employee)go to Obituaries Australia entry
Brown, Edward George (1829–1895)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/brown-edward-george-14341/text25412, accessed 15 July 2013. - (Ref- http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/brown-edward-george-14341).
Edward became the first mayor of Tumut and a was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. He was one of the earliest residents of Tumut and had gone to the area in 1846 to work for his brother-in-law, John Charles Whitty. When Witty returned to England, Edward purchased Witty's property. Edward later went into partnership with Hamlyn Lavicourt Harris whose sister had married J. C. Witty's son, Henry. There was a close relationship between the Witty, Brown and Harris families.
1867 - Appointments.-His Excellency the Govornor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been please to appoint the undermentioned gentlemen to be Magistrates of the colony, viz. Edward Georg Brown, Blowering, Tumut. - (Ref- Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875)(about) Previous issue Friday 19 April 1867).
1867 - NEW NOTICES. - Mr Hums to ask the Secretary for Lands,- The date of Mr E G Brown's application for the 60 acres of land at East Blowering, near Tumut, conditionally purchased by Mr Henry Napthali on the 22nd Auguet, I860 2 Why Mr Nopthali's purchase has been declared cancelled by Mr Brown's application, as per notice from the Department of Lands of the 13th August, 1867, the former party having resided upon and improved the land, and complied with the other provisions of the law. - (REf- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Wednesday 11 September 1867).
1870 RENTS NOT PAID. - Rent, or portion of rent, of Runs of Crown Lands, in the Second Class Settled and Unsettled Districts, have not been paid for year 1870; Fine of 10% on overdue Rent
Charlotte BROWN - West Blowering; £20. - 1868, GOVERNMENT GAZETTE - The Government Gazette of last night contains the following; notiflcations - APPLICATIONS TO PURCHASE.- Charlotte Brown, of West Blowering; Charles Darby Bardwell, of Oborne. - (Ref- Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875)(about) Previous issue Saturday 4 July 1868).
L. F. De SALIS - Upper Goberagandera; £10.- (Ref-http://www.dcstechnical.com.au/Rusheen/1.0_People.htm)
Also in 1854 not long after the marriage Mr John Charles Whitty, George's brother-in-law sold the "Blowering Run" to Edward G and Whitty then returned home to England.
George and Amelia Brown then followed a successful life as "squatters" for many years in the Blowering Valley.
Their next venture after their sale of Blowering to Joseph & Jane Lambert, was to acquire the "Tumut PLains Station"
SYDNEY WOOL SALE - 45 bails of AA o\ur West Blowering, from the Tumut district. - (Ref- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)(about) Previous issue Friday 21 December 1894).
4531/1877 JONES, JOSEPH married BROWN, MARY in TUMUT
7228/1884 COX, PATRICK J married BROWN, EMILY J B in TUMUT
7117/1889 MANN, ALLAN G F married BROWN, AMELIA S in TUMUT
4473/1899 DIBBS, ROBERT C married BROWN, EMILY H in TUMUT
5173/1902 SMITH, JAMES W married BROWN, HESTER F in TUMUT
9089/1908 DEAN, HENRY A married BROWN, ADA C in TUMUT
12236/1908 DICKSON, WALTER T married BROWN, JESSIE in TUMUT
7565/1912 CROUCH, HAROLD H married BROWN, MIRIAM N in TUMUT
6189/1909 REED, GWYNNE MC D married BROWN, TERESA M in TUMUT
3479/1868 KUNSTLER, LOUIS married BROWN, MARGARET N in TUMUT
12456/1954 MANSON,RONALD FREDERICK W BROWN, BESSIE VERA in TUMUT
4310/1919 JOHNSON, HERBERT L married BROWN, ANNA P A in TUMUT
19789/1920 WHATMAN, HAROLD J married BROWN, EVA A in TUMUT
17256/1924 CRAIN, FRANK G married BROWN, VIOLET in TUMUT
12644/1930 CRAIN, JOHN T married BROWN, DORIS in TUMUT
17980/1933 HOFFLICK, ARTHUR married BROWN, IDA M in TUMUT
10892/1939 CRAMPTON, HAROLD married BROWN, JEAN MARY in TUMUT
16687/1949 LITTLE, ALEXANDER married BROWN, ETHEL MARGARET ANN in TUMUT
6776/1951 FORD,GEORGE KEVIN married BROWN, AMELIS MARION in TUMUT
News paper article 9.9.1930 in Tumut Advocate.
Presentation and Send Off to Mr & Mrs Brown & the Misses Brown
Brown, Edward George (1829–1895)
Mr. Edward George Brown, ex-M.L.A., first Mayor of Tumut, and one of the oldest residents, died to-day from the effects of an apoplectic seizure. The deceased was 66 years of age. He was intimately identified with this town and district.
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 1895, p 5 (view original)
profile, Australian Town and Country Journal, 13 August 1887, p 27
contests an action for slander, Australian Town and Country Journal, 1 October 1892, p 13
funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1895, p 5
a meeting of Tumut residents proposes to erect a memorial in his honour, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 1895, p 5
Related Entries in NCB Sites - view family tree
Brown, Amelia Matilda (wife)
Brown, Fanny Louisa (daughter)
Brown, Effie Matilda (daughter)
Brown, Edward Charles (son)
Brown, Arthur William (son)
Brown, Arthur Henry (son)
Brown, Clara (daughter-in-law)
Brown, John (father)
Shelley, George (father-in-law)
Walsh, Elizabeth (sister)
Brown, John Dowling (brother)
Brown, Herbert Harrington (brother)
Brown, Nugent Wade (brother)
Brown, Walterus Le Brun (brother)
Harris, Emily Lucy (sister-in-law)
Whitty, John Charles (brother-in-law)
Brown, Walter (brother-in-law)
Walsh, William Henry (brother-in-law)
Harris, Hamlyn Lavicount (brother-in-law)
Shelley, Rowland Mansfield (brother-in-law)
Whitty, Charles Dowling (nephew)
Whitty, Henry Tarlton (nephew)
Walsh, William Henry (nephew)
Brown, John Dowling (nephew)
Brown, Percy (nephew)
Brown, Edward John (nephew)
Brown, Walter Sigismund (nephew)
Brown, William Le Brun (nephew)
Walsh, Western (nephew)
Brown, Herbert Lindeman (nephew)
Stacy, Emily Florence (niece by marriage)
Mecham, Eva Hamlyn (niece by marriage)
Hamlyn-Harris, Bertha (niece by marriage)
Harris, Noel Henry (nephew by marriage)
Harris, Geoffrey Hamlyn (nephew by marriage)
Harris, George Thomas (nephew by marriage)
Harris, Hamlyn Lavicount (nephew by marriage)
Harris, Hamlyn Lavicount (friend)
Harris, Hamlyn Lavicount (business partner)
Taylor, John (employee)
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Through Scandinavian Eyes - a History of Colonial Queensland
I have been collecting material for a number of years now for the purpose of yet another book 'Through Scandinavian Eyes', dealing with the experience of Scandinavian migrants in early pre 1850s Australia and thereafter in Queensland.
For the purpose of this book I have systematically gathered a database (the largest of its kind in existence) containing more than 27 500 entries on Scandinavians (chiefly Swedes, Danes and Norwegians) living in Australasia prior to 1914, with emphasis on those came to live in Queensland. I do, however, collect details of pre-1914 Scandinavian immigrants and mariners also from the other Australian colonies, New Zealand and other sections of the Western Pacific.
Yet the colony of Queensland was the main port of entry for Scandinavian immigration (Danes in particular) to Australasia onwards from 1870 and hardly any Scandinavian mariners in the Western Pacific and New Guinea did not at one time or the other pay prolonged visits to or live somewhere in Queensland.
People are welcome to contact me with questions and I am particularly interested and helpful if they have and are willing to supply me with material (pictures, diaries, letters and files) that might be useful for this book.
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Nobody know the name of the first European or non-Aboriginal person visiting the Australian continent. However, we certainly do know the name of the first academically educated scientist on Australian soil.
His name was Daniel Carlsson Solander (1733-1782), alias Carolus Solander, and he was a Swede and formerly a student with the world famous natural scientist Carl Linneaus (1707-1778) at University of Uppsala. He and his assistant and draughtsman Herman Spöring (1733-1771), a Swedish Finn, are also the first Scandinavian-born on record to set foot on Queensland soil.
The painting below depicts from left: Carl Solander, Joseph Banks, Captain James Cook, Dr John Hawkesworth and the Earl of Sandwich.
Above photography of the Kvæsthusbroen in Copenhagen harbour was taken by the photographer Jens Hansen Lundager just days and weeks prior to his own migration to Queensland in 1878. The vast majority of the Scandinavians migrating to Australia in the nineteenth century migrated to Australia via Queensland during the 1870s. Probably some 60 percent of these migrants, Swedes and Danes in particular, commenced this journey from this very spot. They typically boarded the steamers seen in the right side of the picture which would take them to Lübeck in Germany. At Lübeck they had tickets issued for the train to Hamburg where they were quartered in the Hamburg emigration depots until such time their ship was ready to be boarded.
Hamburg harbour in 1875. On the far right side one sees Baumwall, the head office of Robert Miles Sloman & Co, a German-British owned shipping company whose agent Louis Knorr had a contract with the Queensland government from 1870. This was where the journey to Queensland began, and some of the ships seen in this picture will be the Sloman owned iron hulled clippers that sailed on to Queensland and New Zealand. The ships were Reichstag (below), Lammershagen, Shakespeare, Herschel, Humboldt, Eugenie, Charles Dickens, Gutenberg, Friedeburg, John Bertram and Fritz Reuter, most of them three-mast barque-rigged ships carrying some 350 passengers. The exception was the four masted Fritz Reuter and Charles Dickens who carried some 450 passengers. Alardus was the only non-Sloman ship sailing on this destination in the 1870s, she was hired by the Queensland agent from another German shipping company and the result was very awful indeed. Below is a picture of the Reichstag, a sister ship to Freideburg. They were very fast ships and would often make this journey in less than three months.
The first voyage and arrival to Maryborough of the Reichstag (above) on 4 March 1871, also marks the first arrival to Australia of a substantial number of what might be termed 'genuine' immigrants from Scandinavian countries. Many Scandinavians had certainly come to Australia prior to that period, but they arrived in small groups and they were often businessmen and similar who saw investment opportunites on this new continet, or they were mariners that jumped ship or other individuals and adventures often people driven by gold fever. The arrival of Reichstag, however, was the result of the first ever Australian Government funded migration scheme targeting Scandinavian countries. She departed Hamburg on this voyage with 329 passengers, 165 Scandinavians (125 Danes and 40 Swedes), 138 Germans, 40 Swiss and one Austrian.
The picture above was taken by the Danish photographer Jens Hansen Lundager (alias Jens Larsen Hansen from Bogense) in Gladstone in September 1887. Although it was never meant to be a depiction of Scandinavians, there are nonetheless several Danes in this picture. Notably a well known local, the then Port Curtis pilot Laurens Janson (alias Lars Jensen from the village Neble near Stege, Møn), he is the man with the hat on the top balcony, and Hansine Christie (nee Hansen) and her Carpenter husband Charles Christie (alias Carl Ulrich Christensen) both from Langeland (they are the people standing on the ground to the right).
John Olsen, better known as the man who discovered in 1882 on his land north of Rockhampton what was to be known as Olsen's Caves. Olsen migrated from Norway but he was in fact born in Vårvik in Sweden in 1824, where he was given the name Johannes Olsson. However he moved to Norway with his wife and children in 1856 and from here to Queensland via Hamburg and Oslo (Christiania) in 1873. He may have been of Norwegian extraction, he certainly insisted that he was a Norwegian national at his naturalisation at the Court House in Rockhampton in 1876.
Julius og Carl Christensen from the town of Rudkøbing on the island Langeland in Denmark. They migrated to Queensland in 1872 and 1874. This photo was taken in the Queensland township of Rockhampton in about 1880.
Copenhagen born Mogens Frederik Kehlet, alias 'Fritz' Kehlet', was one of the earliest Danish Settlers in Queensland. He arrived in about 1860 and worked as a watchmaker, he was later a publican, proprietor of the Royal Hotel in Maryborough, and he later established the first holiday or tourist venue in Hervey Bay, the 'Valhalla Bording House' seen in this photograph from about 1880.
Gracemere station near Rockhampton was founded by the Scottish-Norwegian Charles Archer and later run by his eight brothers and their families. Charles Archer and five of his brothers were born in Scotland from where they migrated to Norway at a very early age, settling eventually at Tolderodden near Larvik. The eldest brother Charles Archer was 12 at the time of their migration and the youngest was the 2 year old Thomas Archer, another three brothers were afterwards born in Norway. Consequently most of them received their primary school education in Norway and this certainly made a serious impact noticeable in the naming of places and properties they had in Queensland. Most of these names originated in Norway and in Norse mythology. Eidsvold was named in honour of the first Norwegian constitution and the town in which it was negotiated and signed, the Berseker Range near Rockhampton was named after the famous Berserkers, a particular section of old Viking or Norse warriors who were said to fight in uncontrollable trance-like fury (this indeed is where the phrase ‘go Berserk’ originates). Charles Archer’s horse was similarly named 'Sleipner', the name in Norse mythology of the horse of the supreme God 'Odin'. The lagoon near Gracemere was named after a lake near their home in Tolderodden Norway, Kroombit station and the nearby Mountain of that same name was equally of Norwegian origin and so it goes. The latter was named by Norwegian-born Colin Archer who later went on to make a name for himself as a naval architect of considerable fame. The success of the Archers attracted other Norwegians to Queensland, among the more notable was the scientist Carl Lumholtz.
One of the most notable Norwegians in colonial Queensland history was Peter Abelsen (alias Peter Brown), a ships carpenter turned gold prospector in Queensland during the late 1860s. Abelson was James Venture Mulligan's right hand when they discovered the famed Palmer River goldfield in October 1873, triggering one of the last of the really big alluvial gold-rushes in Australian history and certainly one of the most important events in Queensland history. Abelsen built the very first gold washing cradles on that field.
The Dane, Bertel Johannes Bertelsen, belonged to the aristocracy amongst Scandinavian migrants in early Queensland. He was certainly not only one of the most successful but also the very earliest Scandinavian-born to settle in what was then Northern News South Wales. He commenced his career as a book keeper, and moved on to be the station manager and subsequently the proprietor or´Squatter' of Boonara station near present day Kingaroy in the South Burnett from 1847 to 1852. He became a very wealthy man on this account and this is how he looked a decade or so later. CREATE A FREE WEBSITE POWERED BY