Martha Bona

F, b. 27 August 1877
  • Martha Bona was born on 27 August 1877 in Cape Breton County. She was the daughter of John and Madeline.
  • At the age of 22 years, 6 months and 8 days, Martha Bona married George Edward Hooper, son of George Hooper and Elizabeth Jane Isoner, on 7 March 1900. The marriage took place by banns in the Church of England. Both were living in Halifax at the time. George was a 21 year old waiter born Halifax and Martha a 23 year old spinster born River Bourgens C B. His father was George, a collector, and mother was Elizabeth. Her parents were John, a farmer, and Madeline. The witnesses were Mary Bell Laurie and Laurence Mullens.
  • Martha Bona and George Edward Hooper appeared on the census of 31 March 1901 in Halifax. George was shown as a 21 year old head, living with his wife Martha born 27 August 1877 and son Edwin H born 27 May 1900.
  • On 1 February 1906,her husband, George Edward Hooper died in Halifax. He was a 26 year old steward, living in Halifax, Native of Halifax. He died of consumption and was buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery.
  • At the age of 32 years, 6 months and 23 days, Martha Bona married Louis Doyle on 22 March 1910 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Martha was a 35 year old widow, born River Borg, the daughter of John (a fisherman) and Madeline Bona. Louis was a 41 year old widowed fisherman, born Charlebottom ? the son of Matthew (a labourer) and Mary. Both lived in Halifax. Witnesses to the marriage were Mary Bouchie and Albert Syberg.
  • Martha Bona and Louis Doyle appeared on the census of 1 June 1911 in Nova Scotia. Martha is shown as a 33 year old, born August 1877 living with her husband Lewis aged 46 born 1865 and Loius' children Lawrence born 1901, Herbert born 1900, Austen born 1894. Also living with them was Edward born 1898 aged 13 and an A Hooper born 1911 aged 2 months (This may have been A Hooper Doyle.)
  • Martha Bona and Louis Doyle appeared on the census of 1 June 1921 in Nova Scotia. Louis was a 48 year old head living with his wife Martha aged 40 and children Herbert 22, Laurence 21, William 19, step son Edward 21, Annie 10 and Lola 6. The men's occupation seemed to be listed as seafarer.

Child of Martha Bona and George Edward Hooper

Children of Martha Bona and Louis Doyle

Alan J P Bonamy

M, b. 1905

Doreen Heather Reenee Bond

F, b. 15 October 1926, d. 6 July 1988
  • Doreen Heather Reenee Bond was born on 15 October 1926 in New Zealand.
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Sherrid Bond and Daisy Helen Jane Holdaway.
  • Doreen Heather Reenee Bond died on 6 July 1988 in New Zealand at age 61.

Helen Maria Bond

F, b. circa 1845, d. 1910
  • Helen Maria Bond was born circa 1845. She was the daughter of Wlliam Lucas Bond and Maria Ann Torrington Pincomb.
  • Helen Maria Bond married Edward Wilmont Pechey in 1872 in Queensland.
  • On 28 April 1904,her husband, Edward Wilmont Pechey died in Queensland.
  • Helen Maria Bond died in 1910 in Queensland.

Children of Helen Maria Bond and Edward Wilmont Pechey

Thomas Sherrid Bond

M, b. 29 May 1898, d. 29 August 1955

Child of Thomas Sherrid Bond and Daisy Helen Jane Holdaway

William Leslie Bond

M, b. 22 June 1903, d. 1984
  • William Leslie Bond was born on 22 June 1903 in New Zealand. He was the son of Edith Georgina and Thomas William BOND.
  • At the age of 25 years, William Leslie Bond married Emma Myrtle Witt, daughter of Robert Henry Witt and Cecilia Higgins Eyles, in 1929 in New Zealand.
  • In 1973,his wife, Emma Myrtle Witt died in New Zealand.
  • William Leslie Bond died in 1984 in New Zealand.

Hannah Bonfield

F, b. 1860, d. 25 September 1925
  • Hannah Bonfield was born in 1860 in Ireland. She was the daughter of Thomas Bonfield and Margaret.
  • At the age of 20 years, Hannah Bonfield married Michael Lalor in 1880 in Queensland. The couple moved to Crow's Nest shortly after their marriage and Michael remained there for over 50 years.
  • Hannah Bonfield and Michael Lalor appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Curnow Street, Crow's Nest. Michael was a ganger. Hannah and Michael's daughter Dora lived with him.
  • Hannah Bonfield and Michael Lalor appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Crow's Nest. Michael was a ganger. Their daughters Dora and Margaret (school teacher) lived with them.
  • Hannah Bonfield died on 25 September 1925 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 26 September 1925 in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. RC1-018-0021.

Children of Hannah Bonfield and Michael Lalor

Dorothea Bonhag

F, b. circa 1820
  • Dorothea Bonhag was born circa 1820.
  • She's and Lorenz Andreas Albig's son Johann Martin Bonhag was born 1841. He took his mother's name as many couples of that time were married in the church. However, the marriage was not registered with the authorities because they couple could not afford the large free required. They often had several children before the fee was paid and the marriage registered.
  • Dorothea Bonhag married Lorenz Andreas Albig, son of Johann Friedrich Christof Albig and Johanna (Rosina) Heiss, in 1846 in Kochendorf, Germany. According to a German researcher, Lorenz left his wife in Germany when he came to Australia.

Child of Dorothea Bonhag and Lorenz Andreas Albig

Johann Martin Bonhag

M, b. circa 1841, d. 1914
  • Johann Martin Bonhag was born circa 1841 in Germany.
  • He was the son of Lorenz Andreas Albig and Dorothea Bonhag.
  • Johann Martin Bonhag and Jakob Andreas Heiss immigrated to Sydney on 17 September 1857. He arrived on the ship "Gottorp" from Bremen in Germany. (The passenger list does not show individuals). Jakob was Martin's uncle, brother of Lorenz Albig who had arrived in Australia in 1855 but had died at Tabulum in 1856 after a fall from a horse.
  • Johann Martin Bonhag may have been staying with his aunt Rosina on 27 December 1861.The Werner home was struck by lightning, rendering a young man [perhaps John Bonhag, Rosina's nephew] unconscious, almost hitting a baby in a cradle [Francis Louis Albig Werner who would have been 16 months old], and causing considerable damage to the house.
    The Maitland Mercury reported the incident :- " SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS - This town was visited by a very severe thunderstorm on the night of Thursday and morning of Friday last. The storm commenced about five o'clock on Thursday afternoon, and continued with great violence until nine o'clock, when an abatement of a few hours took place, the heavens being partially clear, and perfect quiet reigning all around. However, another storm came up from the west ward about three o'clock on Friday morning, which exceeded in violence the preceding one, and startled the inhabitants from their repose. Indeed, such a severe storm has not been experienced in this neighbourhood for a considerable period. The only damage to the township which we have learned occurred at the house of Mr. Louis Werner, which was struck by the electric fluid and sustained material injury. The chimney was the attracting medium, which was literally destroyed, and the lightening, passing down both sides of the fireplace, where the wood is reduced to splinters, tore up the earthen floor and raised a quantity of dust which almost smothered the inmates. It then found its way into another chamber where a young man slept, striking him so that he lay insensible for a considerable time. The electricity then seems to have scattered about the building in all direction, causing the greatest confusion, when it ultimately found a good conductor in a cross-cut saw which was suspended from one of the rafters. The rafter and a number of the shingles of the roof were thus destroyed, and then the work of destruction ceased.
    It may be deemed very providential than none of the inmates were fatally hurt, as three separate rooms were occupied by them. A young sleeping child in a cradle had a very narrow escape, as its head was within a foot of the cross-cut saw which conducted the electric fluid though the roof. Others took place on Friday afternoon and Sunday."
  • He witnessed the marriage of Jakob Andreas Heiss and Sophia Sopp on 29 February 1864 in New South Wales, Australia; The marriage certificte shows Jacob was a bachelor labourer, living in Tenterfield, and Catherine a spinster house servant living in Tenterfield. Their ages and details of their parents were not given. Witnesses to the marriage were Johnann Bonhag (Jacob's nephew), and Elizabeth Sopp (Sophie's sister). The minister was James Hart Johnson.

  • In 1872 Johann was listed in the Grenville Post Office Directory as a carpenter, John Bouhag, living in Tenterfield.
  • Johann Martin Bonhag died in 1914 in New South Wales. He never married.
  • John's nameis amongst those on a memorial in Rotary Park, Tenterfield.
    John Bonhag (son of Laurence Albig & Dorothy Bonhag) - Tenterfield Pioneers honoured in Rotary Park, Tenterfield.
    Pioneer Plaque in Rotary Park, Tenterfield

Amelia Jane Bonner

F, b. circa 1871, d. 27 September 1952
  • Amelia Jane Bonner was born circa 1871. She was the daughter of Daniel Bonner and Annie MacDonald.
  • Amelia Jane Bonner married Alfred William Harding Merritt, son of Alfred William Merritt and Lucy Harris, in 1899 in Queensland.
  • On 22 January 1902,her husband, Alfred William Merritt died in Queensland. The Brisbane Courier reported:- " The funeral of the late Mr. A. W. Merritt, town clerk of Toowoomba, who died suddenly yesterday, took place this afternoon, and was very largely attended. The Mayor (Alderman C. Rowbotham), all the aldermen, including those just elected, and many past aldermen, were present ; also a large number of prominent citizens, the employees of the corporation, and others, The municipal offices heree were closed during the day, and all the business places along the line of the funeral procession closed their doors as a token of respect to the deceased gentleman. The services at the grave were performed by the Revs. J. G. Martin and R. H. Blaimiers, Wesleyan ministers, of the Toowoomba circuit, of which the deceased was a prominent member. Numerous wreaths and flowers were laid on the coffin."
  • On 29 July 1942,her husband, Alfred William Harding Merritt died in Cabarlah at age 68.
  • Amelia Jane Bonner was buried on 27 September 1952 in Cabarlah Cemetery. CE1-00F-0006.
  • Amelia Jane Bonner died on 27 September 1952 in Queensland.

Child of Amelia Jane Bonner and Alfred William Harding Merritt

Martha Bonney

F, b. circa 1850

Lily Eliza Booker

F, b. circa 1880, d. 22 February 1949
  • Lily Eliza Booker was born circa 1880.
  • Lily Eliza Booker married George Ballinger circa 1905.
  • On 9 September 1942,her husband, George Ballinger died in Queensland.
  • Lily Eliza Booker died on 22 February 1949 in Queensland.

Children of Lily Eliza Booker and George Ballinger

Irene Beryl Boorman

F, b. 4 April 1901, d. 11 July 1994
  • Irene Beryl Boorman was born on 4 April 1901 in New South Wales. She was the daughter of Chalres H BOORMAN and Sarah.
  • At the age of 21 years, 3 months and 1 day, Irene Beryl Boorman married Sidney Moffatt Parrish, son of Thomas Parrish and Sussanah Moffitt, on 5 July 1922 in New South Wales.
  • On 2 August 1978,her husband, Sidney Moffatt Parrish died in New South Wales at age 80.
  • Irene Beryl Boorman died on 11 July 1994 at age 93.

Child of Irene Beryl Boorman and Sidney Moffatt Parrish

Unknown Booth

F

Children of Unknown Booth and William Crawford

Agnes Bootle

F, b. 1855, d. 17 December 1923
  • Agnes Bootle was born in 1855. She was the daugther of Robert Bootle and Isabella Massey.
  • At the age of 22 years, Agnes Bootle married Edmund Lupton Usher, son of George Arnold Usher and Emma Duckett, in 1877 in Queensland.
  • Agnes Bootle died on 17 December 1923 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 18 December 1923 in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. METH3-004-0046.

Children of Agnes Bootle and Edmund Lupton Usher

Eric Herman Borchardt

M, b. 1902

Friedrick William Borchardt

M, b. circa 1860
  • Friedrick William Borchardt was born circa 1860.
  • Friedrick William Borchardt married Annie Fredericka Schimerer in 1882 in Queensland.

Children of Friedrick William Borchardt and Annie Fredericka Schimerer

Idalia Vera May Borchardt

F, b. 1910

Alfred Ernest Borgert

M, b. 10 April 1892, d. 3 November 1959
  • Alfred Ernest Borgert was born on 10 April 1892 in Queensland. He was a twin to Matilde.
  • He was the son of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Hannah Auguste Wagland.
  • Alfred Ernest Borgert died on 3 November 1959 in Queensland at age 67.

Anna Magdaline Borgert

F, b. 1861, d. 18 December 1943
  • Anna Magdaline Borgert was born in 1861 in Germany.
  • She was the daughter of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller.
  • Anna Magdaline Borgert immigrated on 25 December 1865 to Mortern Bay with Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller. Johan 35 and Antje also 35, travelled on the La Rochelle with their children Claus 10, Johann 8, Caecile 7 and Anna 4. Johann was a arbieter(worker). They departed from Burg in Holstein. On arrival in Moreton Bay the ship was held in quarintine because of a number of cases of typhoid and dysentry.
    "Ship La Rochelle, from Hamburg. In quarantine at Dunwich. C. Heussler and Co., agents.
    THE LA ROCHELLE.
    The ship La Rochelle has been ordered into quarantine. On her arrival at Cape Moreton on the 25th December, she was reported "All well;" but when Dr. Purdie visited the vessel on Thursday afternoon, in the Platypus, he found the immigrants in so delicate a state of health that he was unable to pass them. La Rochelle left Hamburg on the 5th August last, and on the passage to the Cape of Good Hope dysentery appeared, and carried off a number of children and adults. She put into Symons Bay, and remained there in quarantine for 35 days. The number of deaths up to the time of her leaving there was 42. Thence to Moreton Bay eight or nine fatal cases occurred from dysentry, and typhus fever also carried off several. Altogether there were 62 deaths, the last eight being from typhus. When Dr. Purdie visited the ship, there were five cases of typhus fever, but two of the patients have since become convalescent. The ship was in a very clean condition. The dietary scale, as is usual in most German ships coming to Moreton Bay, appeared to have been very low. Subsequently the ship has been towed to Dunwich, the Quarantine Station, and the passengers have been landed there and lodged in the hospitals. The latest reports concerning them are satisfactory as regards their health."


  • At the age of 38 years, Anna Magdaline Borgert married Henry John Lau, son of Clause Jacob Lau and Julie Haje, on 8 August 1899 in Queensland.
  • Anna Magdaline Borgert and Henry John Lau appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Goombungee. Henry was a famer.
  • Anna Magdaline Borgert died on 18 December 1943 in Queensland.
  • She was buried on 20 December 1943 in Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery. CE7-011-0041.

Child of Anna Magdaline Borgert and Henry John Lau

Annie Catherine Borgert

F, b. 16 November 1887, d. 19 July 1957

Children of Annie Catherine Borgert and Nicholas Wilhelm Edward Peters

Caecile Borgert

F, b. 1858, d. 2 July 1883
  • Caecile Borgert was born in 1858 in Germany.
  • She was the daughter of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller.
  • Caecile Borgert immigrated on 25 December 1865 to Mortern Bay with Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller. Johan 35 and Antje also 35, travelled on the La Rochelle with their children Claus 10, Johann 8, Caecile 7 and Anna 4. Johann was a arbieter(worker). They departed from Burg in Holstein. On arrival in Moreton Bay the ship was held in quarintine because of a number of cases of typhoid and dysentry.
    "Ship La Rochelle, from Hamburg. In quarantine at Dunwich. C. Heussler and Co., agents.
    THE LA ROCHELLE.
    The ship La Rochelle has been ordered into quarantine. On her arrival at Cape Moreton on the 25th December, she was reported "All well;" but when Dr. Purdie visited the vessel on Thursday afternoon, in the Platypus, he found the immigrants in so delicate a state of health that he was unable to pass them. La Rochelle left Hamburg on the 5th August last, and on the passage to the Cape of Good Hope dysentery appeared, and carried off a number of children and adults. She put into Symons Bay, and remained there in quarantine for 35 days. The number of deaths up to the time of her leaving there was 42. Thence to Moreton Bay eight or nine fatal cases occurred from dysentry, and typhus fever also carried off several. Altogether there were 62 deaths, the last eight being from typhus. When Dr. Purdie visited the ship, there were five cases of typhus fever, but two of the patients have since become convalescent. The ship was in a very clean condition. The dietary scale, as is usual in most German ships coming to Moreton Bay, appeared to have been very low. Subsequently the ship has been towed to Dunwich, the Quarantine Station, and the passengers have been landed there and lodged in the hospitals. The latest reports concerning them are satisfactory as regards their health."


  • At the age of 19 years, Caecile Borgert married August Frederick Wilhelm Bleck on 30 December 1877 in Queensland.
  • Caecile Borgert died on 2 July 1883 in Queensland. She was murdered by a person unknown.

Catherina Borgert

F, b. 29 November 1867, d. 1954
  • Catherina Borgert was born on 29 November 1867 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller.
  • At the age of 30 years, 8 months and 11 days, Catherina Borgert married Carl August Heinrich (Charlie) Dorries, son of Carl August Heinrich Dorries and Elizabeth Naumann, on 9 August 1898 in Queensland.
  • Catherina Borgert and Carl August Heinrich (Charlie) Dorries appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1903 and 1908 living at Mocatta Street, Goombungee. Carl was a licensed victualler and Catherina a carried out home duties. The surname was spelt DORRIS.
  • On 3 March 1916 Catherina sold the Hotel at auction - " Goombungee Property Sale. Messrs. R. Sinclair and Co., auctioneers, Toowoomba, are offering for sale at their auction on March 3, on account cf Mrs. C. Dorries, the site (an area of 3 acres) of the Royal Hotel, Goombungee, which was recently destroyed by fire. The license and goodwill, with improvements on the land, will also be offered for sale."
  • On 19 August 1916 the following article appeared in The Mirror of Australia :-" A Goombungee correspondent sends us the following particulars regarding a publican of Hun origin in his town. This man is named Carl Wilhelm Dorries. He has been accused of prejudicing recruiting, and his premises provide a rendezvous for Germans, and the German language is spoken freely there. His hotel was burnt to the ground about a year ago. He applied for renewal of his licence recently, but it was opposed, by the authorities and by the townspeople. Several Germans in the district have been interned, but this man has so far been free, although his character and his loyalty have been strongly criticised. All loyal Australians in the district are opposed to the renewal of his licence, as if he builds an other hotel it will simply be an encouragement to the local Germans, who predominate in the neighbourhood."
  • Catherina Borgert and an unknown person were divorced on 24 February 1925 in Queensland; Decree Nisi.
  • On 24 February 1925 Carl partitioned for a divorce from Catherine. The Brisbane Courier reported on 12 Februray 1925:- " DORRIES V DORRIES
    Carl Wilhelm Dorries, of Toowoomba, petitioned for a divorce from Catherine Dorries, nee Catharina Borgert on the ground of desertion.
    Mr. D J R Watson (instructed by Messrs. Macnish and Macrossan, town agents for Mr. E Bridgman, Toowoomba) appeared for the plaintiff. There was no appearance of the defendant.
    Petitioner giving evidence said that he was interned in 1918, being released in August 1919. When he came out he went to Sydney to look for his wife. Subsequently he met her at a solicitor's in Sydney, and she arranged to return to him to Toowoomba, but she did not. Later he received a letter from his wife, and again, early in 1920 he went to Sydney to look for her and to get work. He saw her in Pitt-street, Sydney, but she walked off. Some days later he saw her in Castlereagh-street but she again walked off, and gave him no chance of speaking with her. He had not seen her since. His wife was five years older than he. Both he and his wife were Germans, married in a German church. She had a child before marriage and he thought that it had caused the trouble. They had quarrelled about the child; he had tried to keep him in order, but he would not work. He was 21.
    At the request of Mr Watson, his Honour granted an adjournment till February l8." The judge later granted an order nisi for the dissolution of the marriage.
  • Catherina Borgert died in 1954 in New South Wales.

Child of Catherina Borgert

Claus Borgert

M, b. 1855
  • Claus Borgert was born in 1855 in Germany.
  • He was the son of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller.
  • Claus Borgert immigrated on 25 December 1865 to Mortern Bay with Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller. Johan 35 and Antje also 35, travelled on the La Rochelle with their children Claus 10, Johann 8, Caecile 7 and Anna 4. Johann was a arbieter(worker). They departed from Burg in Holstein. On arrival in Moreton Bay the ship was held in quarintine because of a number of cases of typhoid and dysentry.
    "Ship La Rochelle, from Hamburg. In quarantine at Dunwich. C. Heussler and Co., agents.
    THE LA ROCHELLE.
    The ship La Rochelle has been ordered into quarantine. On her arrival at Cape Moreton on the 25th December, she was reported "All well;" but when Dr. Purdie visited the vessel on Thursday afternoon, in the Platypus, he found the immigrants in so delicate a state of health that he was unable to pass them. La Rochelle left Hamburg on the 5th August last, and on the passage to the Cape of Good Hope dysentery appeared, and carried off a number of children and adults. She put into Symons Bay, and remained there in quarantine for 35 days. The number of deaths up to the time of her leaving there was 42. Thence to Moreton Bay eight or nine fatal cases occurred from dysentry, and typhus fever also carried off several. Altogether there were 62 deaths, the last eight being from typhus. When Dr. Purdie visited the ship, there were five cases of typhus fever, but two of the patients have since become convalescent. The ship was in a very clean condition. The dietary scale, as is usual in most German ships coming to Moreton Bay, appeared to have been very low. Subsequently the ship has been towed to Dunwich, the Quarantine Station, and the passengers have been landed there and lodged in the hospitals. The latest reports concerning them are satisfactory as regards their health."


Frederick Borgert

M, b. 5 December 1893
  • Frederick Borgert was born on 5 December 1893 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Hannah Auguste Wagland.
  • At the age of 22 years, 9 months and 11 days, Frederick Borgert married Margaret Gilespie on 16 September 1916 in Queensland.

George James Borgert

M, b. 5 November 1885, d. 6 October 1953

Gilbert Frederick Borgert

M, b. 13 April 1893
  • Gilbert Frederick Borgert was born on 13 April 1893 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of Catherina Borgert.

Johann Nicholas Borgert

M, b. 23 February 1858, d. 16 January 1911
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert was born on 23 February 1858 in Germany.
  • He was the son of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller.
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert immigrated on 25 December 1865 to Mortern Bay with Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller. Johan 35 and Antje also 35, travelled on the La Rochelle with their children Claus 10, Johann 8, Caecile 7 and Anna 4. Johann was a arbieter(worker). They departed from Burg in Holstein. On arrival in Moreton Bay the ship was held in quarintine because of a number of cases of typhoid and dysentry.
    "Ship La Rochelle, from Hamburg. In quarantine at Dunwich. C. Heussler and Co., agents.
    THE LA ROCHELLE.
    The ship La Rochelle has been ordered into quarantine. On her arrival at Cape Moreton on the 25th December, she was reported "All well;" but when Dr. Purdie visited the vessel on Thursday afternoon, in the Platypus, he found the immigrants in so delicate a state of health that he was unable to pass them. La Rochelle left Hamburg on the 5th August last, and on the passage to the Cape of Good Hope dysentery appeared, and carried off a number of children and adults. She put into Symons Bay, and remained there in quarantine for 35 days. The number of deaths up to the time of her leaving there was 42. Thence to Moreton Bay eight or nine fatal cases occurred from dysentry, and typhus fever also carried off several. Altogether there were 62 deaths, the last eight being from typhus. When Dr. Purdie visited the ship, there were five cases of typhus fever, but two of the patients have since become convalescent. The ship was in a very clean condition. The dietary scale, as is usual in most German ships coming to Moreton Bay, appeared to have been very low. Subsequently the ship has been towed to Dunwich, the Quarantine Station, and the passengers have been landed there and lodged in the hospitals. The latest reports concerning them are satisfactory as regards their health."


  • At the age of 23 years, 8 months and 9 days, Johann Nicholas Borgert married Hannah Auguste Wagland on 1 November 1881 in Queensland.
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert and Hannah Auguste Wagland appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Mocatta Street, Goombungee. John was a labourer and Annie carried out domestic duties.
  • On 25 March 1903,his wife, Hannah Auguste Wagland died in Bororen, Queensland, at age 39.
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert died on 16 January 1911 in Queensland at age 52.
  • He was buried in Meringandan Cemetery.

Children of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Hannah Auguste Wagland

Johann Nicholas Borgert

M, b. 3 January 1826, d. 11 May 1911
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert was born on 3 January 1826 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He was the son of Claus Borgert and Cecilia Margaret Oldenberg.
  • At the age of 29 years, 1 month and 20 days, Johann Nicholas Borgert married Antje Beate Muller on 23 February 1855 in Holstein, Germany.
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller immigrated to Mortern Bay on 25 December 1865. Johan 35 and Antje also 35, travelled on the La Rochelle with their children Claus 10, Johann 8, Caecile 7 and Anna 4. Johann was a arbieter(worker). They departed from Burg in Holstein. On arrival in Moreton Bay the ship was held in quarintine because of a number of cases of typhoid and dysentry.
    "Ship La Rochelle, from Hamburg. In quarantine at Dunwich. C. Heussler and Co., agents.
    THE LA ROCHELLE.
    The ship La Rochelle has been ordered into quarantine. On her arrival at Cape Moreton on the 25th December, she was reported "All well;" but when Dr. Purdie visited the vessel on Thursday afternoon, in the Platypus, he found the immigrants in so delicate a state of health that he was unable to pass them. La Rochelle left Hamburg on the 5th August last, and on the passage to the Cape of Good Hope dysentery appeared, and carried off a number of children and adults. She put into Symons Bay, and remained there in quarantine for 35 days. The number of deaths up to the time of her leaving there was 42. Thence to Moreton Bay eight or nine fatal cases occurred from dysentry, and typhus fever also carried off several. Altogether there were 62 deaths, the last eight being from typhus. When Dr. Purdie visited the ship, there were five cases of typhus fever, but two of the patients have since become convalescent. The ship was in a very clean condition. The dietary scale, as is usual in most German ships coming to Moreton Bay, appeared to have been very low. Subsequently the ship has been towed to Dunwich, the Quarantine Station, and the passengers have been landed there and lodged in the hospitals. The latest reports concerning them are satisfactory as regards their health."


  • In February 1869 Johann was granted conditional approval to select 40 acres of land at Meringandan.
  • On 18 March 1905 The Queenslander newspaper reported:- " FIFTY YEARS OF WEDDED LIFE.
    In the face of all the despairing things said about marriage, and the social problems that gather round it (including George Meredith's proposed marriage on lease), and, in the very teeth of the statement that 80,000 divorces were granted in the United States in the course of a year, it is refreshing to see an old couple who have lived together fifty years, and, using the phraseology of the comic song, these fifty years to them " don't seem a day too long."The couple shown in the photograph (reproduced herewith), Mr. and Mrs. Borgert, reside at Goombungee with their daughter, Mrs. Charles Dorries. They were married in Germany on the 23rd February, fifty years ago. In the same year (1855) they set sail for Queensland In the ship Laurence Schiller, which reached Brisbane the following year. What Brisbane— or, speaking more correctly, the Settlement -- was like then has been often told. By road, in a bullock-dray, creeping along day by day, they reached Toowoomba, and Mr. Bogert has resided on the Darling Downs since. This was the day of the squatter, when all the men moving about the country were either in the employ of, or were seeking employment from, this individual, who, in the heat and burden of those days, was pioneering and preparing the way for a new age. It has become fashionable in certain circles to malign the squatter and regard him as the modern Jacob, who has robbed Esau of his birthright ; whereas his day and generation represent a stage in the evolution of the Australian Commonwealth. Johann Nicolaus Borgert married Miss Outge Boorte Muller at Bolk, Holstein, Pastor Mua celebrating the marriage, in 1855.
    At the home of Mrs. Dorries, Goombungee, in 1905, a few friends and relatives assembled, by invitation, to do honour to the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lau (daughter) were present, also Pastor Guhr and other friends of the Fatherland. There was some singing of the "Watch on the Rhine" and other patriotic sentiments were expressed with equal fervour, all showing that love for one's country dies hard, if it ever dies at all. In fact it seems to fall under the category of hereditary traits that are transmitted in the blood. Sir Walter Scott's "Lay of the Last Minstrel" glorifies this theme, and the following stanza, cited recently by Lord Rosebery as "one of the most eloquent ever written about the Scottish exile" (though referring to another nationality), expresses in fervent language the feeling that burns within the heart of every true patriot:—"From the lone shieling of the misty island Mountains divide us, and the waste ofeeas; 'Yet still the blood is Strong, the heart is Highland, And we in dreams behold the Hebrides" A. P. C.
    A GOLDEN WEDDING.Mr. and Mrs. Johann Borgert, who celebrated at Goombungee recently the fiftieth anniversary of their wedded life.(Photo, by A. P. Corrie.)
  • On 23 April 1905,his wife, Antje Beate Muller died in Queensland at age 74. Her death was reported in The Queenslander:- "Mrs. Borgert, the wife of an old identity on the Downs, died at Goombungee, and was buried in the Meringandan Cemetery by the Rev. G. H. Guhr (Lutheran). Only a few weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Borgert celebrated their golden wedding, an account of which appeared in the "Queenslander." Forty years ago they landed in Queensland, and at once removed to the Darling Downs, where Mr. Borgert was in the employ of Mr. Hatton, butcher, of Toowoomba. Subsequently Mr. Borgert and his wife took up farming."
  • Johann Nicholas Borgert died on 11 May 1911 in Queensland at age 85.
  • He was buried in Meringandan Cemetery.

Children of Johann Nicholas Borgert and Antje Beate Muller

John Mark Borgert

M, b. 3 March 1882, d. 13 January 1951