HOFFNUNGSTHAL
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Hoffnungsthal plaque

150th Anniversary Plaque - Hoffnungsthal (Photo taken 2002)

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Brief History

On 24th June 1847, German immigrants from Posen recently arrived on the Heloise [6], took up Sections 567 and 568, containing 740 acres, at an annual rental of 6/- per acre [10]. The land was leased from the South Australian Company and George Fife Angas. Joined by some earlier arrivals from Bethany and Klemzig, they established the village of Hoffnungsthal, meaning Valley of Hope.  For a few years the settlers lead an idyllic life in Hoffungsthal as recounted GR Juers in The Story of Old Hoffungsthal in South Australia or MacKenzie [12].

The Land Return of September 1847 showed 15 dwelling huts erected, wells dug, a kangaroo fence in progress, 166 acres planted to wheat, 8 to barley, 2.5 to potatoes, 2 to hay, and 16 of garden. Just one year later, in 1848 this had increased substantially with 360 acres being devoted to wheat, 63 to barley and 34 to hay.  At its height, the village contained 37 cottages, outhouses, a church, a school and a cemetery.

Unfortunately, after prolonged torrential rain, the area was flooded in October 1853 and, while a few remained in the area [9], most left over the next few years and the settlement was finally abandoned.

The Hoffnungsthal Lutheran church, which was built on higher ground continued to serve the community until 1867 when new churches were built at Rowland Flat (Trinity) and in Lyndoch (St Jakobi).  Ministers associated with the church were Pastors H.A.E. Meyer (1848-1855) and  P..J. Oster (1855-1867).

A plaque was errected in 1973 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Hoffnungsthal Congregation [16].

Church Foundations
Church foundations and Memorial Plaques
125th Anniv Plaque
125th Anniversary Memorial Plaque

Photos taken from Krieg History 1847-1973 [16].



Early Residents

Some of the families of the Hoffnungsthal settlement during the period 1847-1853 were:

family name
first name
arrival in SA
birthplace or place of origin
departed to
Beinke [7,8]
Johann Friedrich August
Gellert 1847
1810 Posen


Theodora (nee Kreschevska)
Gellert 1847 1816 Posen


...Gustav Emil Gellert 1847 1836 Posen


...Carl Joseph
Gellert 1847 1839 Posen


...Anna Julianna
Gellert 1847 1841 Posen


...Johann Friedrich
Gellert 1847 1843 Posen


...Carolina Gellert 1847 1843 Posen


... Louise Christine Gellert 1847 1846 Posen


...Adolph
1848


...Andreas Edward
1850


... Nicodemus Wilhelm

1852 Hoffnungsthal, SA

Blaesing [8]
Johann Gottlieb
Skjold 1841
1809 Kuniker Hauland, Posen Lyndoch, SA

Anna Dorothea (nee Schenscher)
Skjold 1841 1812 Posen (d 1854)

...Johanne Juliana
Skjold 1841 1835 Posen


...Johanna Pauline -
1842 Bethany, SA


...Johann Gottlieb
- 1844 SA


...Ernst Gotthilf
- 1846 SA


...Johanne Ernestine
-
1848 SA


...Maria Elisabeth
-
1850 SA


...Friedrich Wilhelm -
1852 SA

Brasch
Johann



Giersch
Johann August




Anna Elizabeth (nee Selge)




...Carl Julius
-
1848 Hoffnungsthal SA


...Johann Wilhelm
-
1850 Hoffnungsthal SA

...Gottlieb Ernst
-
1853 Hoffnungsthal SA
Griesche
Gotthelf
Gellert 1847



Beate
Gellert 1847


...Auguste
Gellert 1847


...Juliane
Gellert 1847


...Emilie
Gellert 1847

Goile
Heinrich



Hausler [8] Johann Georg
Heloise 1847
1786 Nekla-Hauland, Posen Rowland Flat, SA

Christian (nee Baum) Heloise 1847 1801 Nekla-Hauland, Posen


...Johann Friedrich
Heloise 1847 1820 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Gottfried
Heloise 1847 1824 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Anna Rosina
Heloise 1847 1826 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Caroline
Heloise 1847 1832 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

(..Anna Elizabeth) see Lemm




...Friedrich Wilhelm
Heloise 1847 1836 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Carl August
Heloise 1847 1839 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Christine
Heloise 1847 1840 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Julianne
Heloise 1847 1842 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Huf
Johann
Heloise 1847 1803 Nekla-Hauland, Posen Hochkirch, Vic, 185?

Anna Christina (nee Gruning)
Heloise 1847 1812 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Koch [3] Johann Friedrich Wilhelm
Catharina 1839
1793 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg Rowland Flat, SA

Anna Dorothea (nee Baum)
Catharina 1839 1802 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg

...Wilhelm August
Catharina 1839 1823 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg

...Johann Friedrich Wilhelm
Catharina 1839 1826 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg

...Johanne Louise Catharina 1839 1830 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg

...Johann Gottlieb Catharina 1839 1833 Rackau, Züllichau, Brandenburg

...Johann Christian
-
1842 Klemzig, SA
Koenig [2]*
Johann Christian
Leontine 1848 1823 Gross Rosenburg, Magdeberg
Hochkirch, Vic, 1856

Maria Pauline Amalie (nee Lemm)
Leontine 1848 1830 Potsdam, Brandenburg Hochkirch, Vic, 1856

...Johan Christian
-
1850 Hoffnungsthal, SA Hochkirch, Vic, 1856

...Friedrich Carl Christian
-
1852 Hoffnungsthal, SA Hochkirch, Vic, 1856

...Marie Pauline Bertha
-
1855 Hoffnungsthal, SA Hochkirch, Vic, 1856
Krieg
Carl Ferdinand
Heloise 1847 1816 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Anna Elisabeth (nee Leske)
Heloise 1847 1827 Nekla-Hauland, Posen  


...Pauline
Heloise 1847 1844 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Johannes Eduard
-
1848 Lobethal, SA


...Lydia Emily
-
1850 Hoffnungsthal, SA
Krieg
Johann Christoph
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Anna Juliane (nee Huf, formerly Hermann)
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Lehmann
Johann Gottlieb
Leontine 1848 1816 Gross Rosenburg, Magdeberg Schoenborn, SA

Karoline Sophie Amalie (nee Lemm)
Leontine 1848 1826 Potsdam, Brandenburg

...Louise Bertha Pauline
Leontine 1848 1826 Potsdam, Brandenburg

...Johannes Gottlieb
-
1850 Hoffnungsthal, SA


...Christian Heinrich
-
1851 Hoffnungsthal, SA

...Maria Martha
-
1853 Hoffnungsthal, SA
Lemm [8]
Christian Friedrich Wilhelm
Leontine 1848 1791 Potsdam, Brandenburg Schoenborn, SA

Sophie Amalie (nee Hoff)
Leontine 1848 1798 Potsdam, Brandenburg

...Heinrich August Wilhelm
Leontine 1848 1823 Potsdam, Brandenburg (d 1858)


...Karl August
Leontine 1848 1828 Potsdam, Brandenburg

(...Marie Pauline Amalie) see Koenig




(...Heinrich Gustav) see below



Lemm [8]
Heinrich Gustav
Leontine 1848 1833, Potsdam, Brandenburg

Anna Elisabeth (nee Hausler)
Heloise 1847 1834, Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm
-
1854 Hoffnungsthal, SA (d 1854)


...Heinrich Ausust Wilhelm
-
1855 Hoffnungsthal, SA
Leske
Samuel Gottfried Johann
Heloise  1847 1802 Nekla-Hauland, Posen (d 1857)

Anna Dorothea (nee Mibus)
Heloise 1847 1801 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Anna Elisabeth
Heloise 1847 1827 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Gottfried Johann
Heloise 1847 1831 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Anna Paulina
Heloise 1847 1836 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Samuel Gottfried Johann
Heloise 1847 1843 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

... Anna Julianna
Heloise 1847 1842 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Menzel
Christian
Heloise 1847 1791 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Johann Gottlieb
Heloise 1847 1823 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Michael
Heloise 1847 1826 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Johann
Heloise 1847 1829 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Wilhelm
Heloise 1847 1833 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Daniel
Heloise 1847 1834 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Maria Dorothea (nee Richter) Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Karl August
Heloise 1847 1837 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Anna Elisabeth
Heloise 1847 1839 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Pauline
Heloise 1847 1839 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Emelie
Heloise 1847 1842 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Friedrich
Heloise 1847 1844 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Ludwig
-
1848 Hoffnungsthal, SA
Mibus
Johann
Heloise 1847 1816, Nekla-Hauland, Posen Hochkirch, Vic, 185?

Dorothea (nee Huf)
Heloise 1847 1816 Nekla-Hauland, Posen Hochkirch, Vic, 185?
Mibus
Gottlieb
Heloise 1847 1807 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Anna Juliane (nee Nuske)
Heloise 1847 1812 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Noske
Joseph Christian
Heloise 1847 1802 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Henriette (nee Graeger)
Heloise 1847 1818 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Friedrich
Heloise 1847 1833 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Carl
Heloise 1847 1835 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Nuske
Christoph
Heloise 1847 1811 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Oehm
Wilhelm
Gellert 1847



Helene
Gellert 1847


...Ferdinand
Gellert 1847


...August
Gellert 1847


...Wilhelmine
Gellert 1847


...Amalie
Gellert 1847


...Emilie
Gellert 1847

Ossig
Gottfried

Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Roehr
Karl Wilhelm
Skjold 1841


Dorothea Louise (nee Hampel, formerly Hoffmann)
Skjold 1841

Schultz [5]
Johann Samuel
Heloise 1847
1814, Neu Borui, Posen Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

Anna Rosina (nee Mueller)
Heloise 1847
1821, Posen
Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

...Johanne Juliane
Heloise 1847 1841, Posen Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

...Caroline
Heloise 1847 1843, Posen
d 1850, Hoffnungsthal, SA

...Johann August
Heloise 1847 1845, Pose Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

...Johanne Wilhelmine
-
1848, Hoffnungsthal,
Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

...Johann Gotthilf
-
1848, Hoffnungsthal,
Hochkirch, Vic, 1855

...Heinrich
-
1854, Hoffnungsthal,
Hochkirch, Vic, 1855
Semmler
Johann
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

Anna Dorothea (nee Seifert)
Heloise 1847
Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Gottlieb
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Ludwig
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Julianna
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen

...Friedrich
Heloise 1847 Nekla-Hauland, Posen
Tepper
Johann Christoph
Gellert 1847



Johanna Wilhelmina (nee Protsch) Gellert 1847



...Otto
Gellert 1847


...Paul
Gellert 1847


...Nathaniel
Gellert 1847

Zweck
Friedrich
Gellert 1847



Wilhelmine
Gellert 1847


...Wilhelm
Gellert 1847

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References

Hoffnungsthal Residents
[1] Mattner, M.; Ross, D.; Coleman, L. The Mattners in Australia 1839-1980 Mattner Family Reubion
Committee: Adelaide, 1981 (pp 28, 20, 245, 246).
[2] Heinrich E. Christian and Karl Koenig and their  Descendants in Australia Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, 1990 (pp 25-27)
[3] It is not clear that the Koch family were ever resident in Hoffnungsthal.  The family were living in Rowland Flat in 1844 [4].  They were, however, members of the Hoffnungsthal congregation. 
[4] Koch Connections Koch Family Reunion Committee: Gawler, 1999.
[5] A number of Hoffnungsthal families (Huf, Koenig, Mibus, Schultz) moved to western Victoria to Hochkirch (Tarrington) and are buried in the Hamilton South Lutheran Cemetery.  Their stories are recounted in Huf, E. Courage, Patience and Persistence  150 Years of German Settlement in the Western District  Sesquicentenary Committee, St Michael's Lutheran Church: Tarrington, Victoria, 2003.
[6] The Heloise with 214 passengers departed Bremerhaven 12 October 1846 under the command of Captain Jan Beckmann and arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 17 March 1847.  No official passenger list exists.  A list that first appeared in the Adelaide Register on 24 March 1847 is available on line.  An expansion on this list, the work of HFW Proeve that originally appeared in The Lutheran Yearbook of 1974, appears in With Pride, The Menzels of Hoffnungsthal 1847-1984 [9].
   The South Australian on 19 March 1847 reported "... The Bremen ship Heloise, Captain Beckmann, 155 days from Bremen.  Passengers - Dr. Bayer, Physician to the ship, Messrs. Menkens, Doussa, Beddies, Monikes, Pappe, and 198 others, viz: 1 mason, 1 shoemaker, 1 gold and silver smith, 1 butcher and sausage-maker, 1 miller, 1 cloth weaver, 2 cabinet makers, 40 farmers and labourers, 14 miners, 6 female servants, 38 married women and 103 children ..."
    A report in the Adelaide Observer on  20 March 1847 states "On board the Heloise from Bremen there were six births and six deaths, namely, four young children, an aged woman named Anna Roena Sighdon (in her 85th year), and a young sailor named Pelser Kerter, aged 20, who fell overboard before the ship was under canvas ..."  
[7] The Gellert departed Bremen 28 August 1847 under the command of Captain Ihlder and arrived in Port Adelaide on 21 December 1847.  A passenger list for the Gellert appears in The Mattners in Australia 1839-1980 [1].
[8] South Australians 1836-1885 edited by Jan Thomas, South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society, Inc.: Adelaide, 1990 (Beinke p 49, Bl(a)esing p 64, Hausler p 354, Lemm p 469).
[9] With Pride.  The Menzels of Hoffnungsthal 1847-1984, Menzel Family Reunion Committee: Salisbury Downs, SA, 1984.
[10] Signatories to the lease of Section 567 were Johann Krieg, Christoph Noske and Gottfried Ossig.  Signatories to the lease of Section 568 were Carl Wilhelm Roehr, Samuel Leske and Christian Noske.
[11] Huf, Elizabeth (editor), Huf 150 Years in Australia 1847-1997, Huf Family Reunion Committee: Adelaide, 1997.
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12]  MacKenzie E.C.V. Hoffnungsthal 1847-1972 MacKenzie E.C.V.: Lyndoch, SA, 1972.
[13]  Proeve, H.F.W. A Dwelling Place at Bethany First Edition, Lutheran Publishing House: Adelaide, 1983 (pp 22, 36-39).
[14]  Munchenburg, R.S., Proeve, H.F.W., Ross, D.A., Hausler, A., Saegenschnitter, G.B. The Barossa - A Vision Realised  Barossa Valley Archives and Historical Trust: Tanunda, 1992 (pp 34, 81, 83, 96).
[15]  Ioannou, N. Barossa Journeys Second Edition, New Holland: Sydney, 2000 (pp 38-41).
[16]  Hausler, A., Semmler, M. (compilers). Krieg History 1847-1973, Krieg Family Reunion Committee: Adelaide, 1973.


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Hoffnungsthal families
Johann Samuel SCHULTZ

Phillip Jacob OSTER
Johann Christoph TEPPER (under 'T')
Christian Menzel (Sandford)
First Families 2001
    Samuel Gottfried Johann LESKE
    Christian MENZEL
    Johan Samuel SCHULTZ


Hoffnungsthal description
Hoffnungsthal, Valley of Hope (Flinders Ranges Research)
Hoffnungsthal Lutheran Cemetery (Grave Secrets)
Hoffnungsthal, South Australia
Hoffnungsthal, South Australia (Wikipedia)
Hoffnungsthal Pioneer Memorial

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