Family History

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The tree contains information on more than two thousand individuals, dating back a few centuries.


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Guest Post #1 by Helen Kakoschke

WILHELM CARL MEYER – background information. He was born on 7/3/1894, son of Johann Heinrich Friedrich Meyer and Louise Christiana (nee Ahrns) at Bright, birth registered at Burra. He was a brother to Anna BERTHA Auguste Meyer, born 5/8/1880. She married Carl Christian Hentschke, born 18/11/1879. They lived at Moorook. From this family came Esther …

Guest Post #2 by Helen Kakoschke

A RECORD OF THE VISIT in 2017, BY REX & HELEN KAKOSCHKE, of Maitland, to BRODY, RADNICA and JELENIN, in Poland. These areas were the birthplaces of the WITTWER, KAKOSCHKE, and MANN families, our forebears. Johann CHRISTIAN MANN was born in 1812 at Hirschfeldau, in Silesia, now known as Jelenin. Hirschfeldau was in Western Silesia, …

Guest Post by Patricia Nuske

On Monday, 18th September 2023 I had the pleasure of visiting the town of Radnica, situated on the Oder River in what is now Poland. It was a very emotional experience for me as it was this town that my great grandfather Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Kakoschke left behind when he migrated to Australia on 25 …

Kakoschke Australia

The story of the arrival of the Kakoschke family in Australia From Prussia to Australia The story of the Kakoschke family in Australia begins on the 18th of June 1878. In the evening of that day, the 602 ton Prussian barque Eduard, under the command of Captain Halenbeck, arrived off Port Adelaide after a fairly …

Newspaper Clippings

In this section, some historical family history newspaper clippings found at Trove. (on the “to do” list)

Surname Research List

Here’s a list of surnames and locations of ancestors I’m researching. If you’re also searching the same names/locations drop me a line. (If no list appears below it means there’s a scripting bug on this site, in which case please let me know.) Begin List End List


  1. Hi

    I happened on the Lindley Cemetery at Morgan some years ago and was intrigued by its isolation and the fact that all the inscriptions on the headstones were in German. I asked about at the Morgan Information Centre but they didn’t even know it existed, let alone its history. I couldn’t find any reference to it on the web at that time either. I went back again last week and saw that a sign had now been put up identifying the old school and church and decided to search the web again and found your site. Can you tell me any more about the history of Lindley – was it actually a small town or just a district name? – who lived there etc etc? It’s just such a desolate place and I’m interested in knowing how they made a living out there all those years ago.

    Thanks for any information you might be able to provide.

    David Kennedy

    • Bart on 27 August 2013 at 4:11 pm

    G’day David,

    The Hundred of Lindley was gazetted in 1881, named after John Lindley (1799 – 1865), botanist and horticulturalist, was assistant librarian to Sir Joseph Banks and Professor of Botany at London University. Area: 115 square miles.

    In 1881 the SA government sold the land as “farmland” at £1 per acre to migrant farmers. Having seen the area, you can imagine what a disaster it was trying to grow wheat or any other crops there.

    I found this snippet in an 1883 SA newspaper:
    “The State of the Crops
    — Mr. H. Baker of Kangaroo Flat, who about three weeks ago was travelling in the Hundreds of Lindley, Schomburg, Eba, and Bundey, gives us a deplorable
    account of the state of the crops in those hundreds. In Lindley, he put up at a hut, to get some dinner, and intended paying for it, but he found no one at home but a little girl, who stated that they had nothing to eat, not even a piece of mutton. The family had been living on potatoes for the previous three days, and the mother had gone out to try and get some food. Their crop had entirely failed, and there was not a single sign to show that one had been reaped. In these districts the land is nearly bare of any kind of vegetation by which animals could graze. Eudunda was almost as bad, scarcely a crop being reaped in the district. Surely some alteration ought to be made in our Land laws, and these, poor farmers are entitled to same great concession at the hands of the Government. If for no other reason than keeping them in the Colony, they ought not to be compelled to pay either rent or interest, when their crops are an utter failure, such as these, and seeing if there is not some good in the land or whether it must be all thrown open for vast sheep runs. Better this than have so many farmers going inssolvent year after year.”

    I’ve never heard mention of a township, so presume the school and church was all there was.


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