Male Abt 1873 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name Carl KLAEHN 
    Born Abt 1873  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I9463  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 30 May 2014 

    Family Martha GEHRKE,   b. Abt 1875, Pomerania, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 16 Jan 1895  Hatton Vale, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Golden Wedding 16 Jan 1945  North Ipswich, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

      Mr. and Mrs. C. Klaehn
      Having left Germany in their childhood from different districts and in different years, met and married at Hatton Vale in later years, and carried on farming in the West Moreton district for about 27 years, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klaehn celebrate their golden wedding at their home, Down street, North Ipswich, to-day.

      Mr. Klaehn was a native of Berlin, which he left with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Klaehn, In 1877. He will be 72 years old next April. Mrs. Klaehn, who was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johann Gehrke, of Hatton Vale, was born at Belgrad (Germany), which she left in 1883. She will be 70 next March. The couple were married in the Apostolic Church by the late Rev. H. F. Niemeyer.

      Mr. Klaehn worked on the farm with other members of the family from his boyhood. While doing farm work at Hatton Vale as a young man he met the lady who later became his wife. They settled on a dairy farm at Summer Holm, remaining there for 11 years. Then they moved to a farm near Lowood, where they remained for about 11 or 12 years. After that they worked a farm at Ivory's Creek, in the Toogoolawah district, for four-and-a-half years. Then they retired and moved to their present home at North Ipswich.

      The couple admitted in a talk with a "Queensland Times" reporter yesterday having come through difficult times in the early days of farming. "It was not as easy a life as it is now," remarked Mr. Klaehn, although neither he nor his wife were disposed to complain.

      To indicate the prices obtainable for produce they mentioned that they had given as much as 30 bags of maize for a bag of flour and a bag of sugar. "We carried our water in those early days, in kerosene tins, from the creek. There were no tanks at first," said Mrs. Klaehn.

      Mr. Klaehn himself was trained for defence work. He was in the F Company of Infantry, Ipswich, for two years, in K Company, Lowood, for five years, and for two years was a member of the Gatton Mounted Infantry.

      "With a big family we had very little time to spare for work outside the farm and family life," they remarked. "But we are happy to say that we both enjoy fairly good health."

      Mr. and Mrs. Klaehn had 13 children, 12 of whom are still living. One, Mr. Edward Klaehn, is a returned soldier of the 1914-18 war, and four are in the services in the present war. They are: Chief Petty Officer Charles Klaehn, of the Royal Australian Navy; Cpl. Henry Klaehn, R.A.A.F., serving in the North; L.A.C. John Klaehn, R.A.A.F., New Guinea; and. L.A.C. Arnold Klaehn, who has served in New Guinea, and at present is at Sandgate. Other sons are: Messrs. Frank, in the tramway service, Brisbane: William, of Toogoolawah: and Ernest, employed by Cribb and Foote Ltd. The daughters are: Mesdames Dreager (Toowoomba), Hoey (Tweed Heads), Haueroft (Brisbane), and Parcell (Harrisville). The old couple have 24 grandchildren, and one great grandson.
    Last Modified 30 May 2014 
    Family ID F5936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jan 1895 - Hatton Vale, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1945 'NORTH IPSWICH GOLDEN WEDDING.', Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), 16 January, p. 4 Edition: DAILY, viewed 30 May, 2014,

    2. [S16] Queensland Federation Index 1890-1914, (Brisbane, The Registrar-General, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 2004), 1895/ 001526.