Yesterday (Jan 6) was the one hundred and sixty-sixth anniversary of the wedding of Christian Zerck and Caroline Wedow.

(Gestern (6 Januar) war der hundert sechs und sechzig Jahrestag der Hochzeit von Christian Zerck und Caroline Wedow.)

Caroline Wedow was the mother of Lisette Poppe-Zerk, who married Heinrich Eberhard.  So she is the grand mother of Alwine Eberhard who married Ernst Hetzel.

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German Headstones in Australia

Now here is an interesting website for those with German ancestors.  It is a German site which lists gravestones of German immigrants and descendents in Australia.

“German” Headstones in Australia “Deutsche” Grabsteine in Australien

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Hetzel or Hotzel?

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I discovered thru some genie surfing last night that the name ‘Hetzel’ could perhaps be an Anglicized version of Hoetzel, or rather, Hötzel. So that could open up some more windows for research.

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Article from newspaper, retrieved from TROVE

Another Gawler boy has made the supreme sacrifice. Cpl. H. W. Hetzel (Herb.) was killed in action in France, on October 13th. He was associated with a machine-gun company, and left Australia, in November, 1916. Deceased who was 28 years of age, and the eldest son of Mr. F. S. Hetzel of Gawler, leaves a widow (Mrs. S. M. Hetzel.) There is no family.

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. (1917, November 16). Bunyip (Gawler, SA : 1863 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved August 11, 2014.

Articles from family notices in newspaper, retrieved from TROVE

HETZEL.-In memory of our late shopmate, Private H. Hetzel (Bert), who fell fighting for King and country, October 13, 1917.-Inserted by his fellow-shopmates, Islington Carriage Shop.

HETZEL.-In loving memory of my dear brother, Corporal Herbert W. Hetzel, who was killed in action at Ypres on October 13, 1917. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.-Inserted by his loving brother, Kenneth…

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CARL HETZEL’s arrival in Australia?   Misinformation on the net.

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I thought I had struck gold last night while I was doing some genie surfing (randomly googling family history names) when I found on someone’s blog a reference to ‘Carl Hetzel’ and his arrival to SA.  It listed the ship he was on and the date it arrived.  No Hetzel researcher I have come across has found this info.  We only know he came by 1848 as he married Maria Rosina Schäche in 1849 in SA, and she arrived in SA via the Leontine in 1848 (with her parents).

The website is owned by Wayne D Knoll.  Here is the website: Erdmann Jackel Family. Now please let me point out that this is actually a very good site, well researched, with has lots of information on Silesia and the situation there in the mid 19th century when our German ancestors left and came to SA ideologically searching for…

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Schaeches from Silesia, not Germany.

This post is obviously equally relevant to the Hetzels, whom we, at this stage, assume came from Silesia.

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I have been doing some research into the Schaeches recently.  A fellow Schaeche researcher has a copy of Carl Gottlob Schaeche’s marriage record to Maria Rosina Vogel.  The record comes from the state or “old country” of Silesia.  The record is 1819 so at the time Silesia was part of the Prussian Empire.  By the late 19th C Prussia had unified Germany and created the 2nd Reich, which we English speakers call the German Empire.


So Silesia was part of the Empire, but was not actually part of Germany.   I call it “the old country” of Silesia because in the days before modern nation states and the unification of Germany it was a separate state, or what we might call today, “country”. It never became its own nation state, and has been constantly shuffled back and forth between Austria, Prussia and ultimately Poland.  But it was never…

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