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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



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  • Name Wilhelm WIEDEMANN  [1
    Nickname William 
    Born c1827  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • William is recorded as being aged 77 years when her died in 1904.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes Wilhelm WIEDEMANN may have come to Australia on the 'Princess Louise', which left Hamburg in March 1849 and arrived Pt Adelaide in Aug 1849.

    He married Susan Watt on 23 June 1859 at the Caledonian Church Inverbrackie.

    Susan and Wilhelm had three children - William, Susan Isabella and Robert Albert. See Susan's profile for details.

    On 1 July 1861, Wilhelm was granted the license at the Miners Arms, Kanmantoo. At some stage he moved to Callington where he was the publican at the Callington hotel. What is interesting is that, in 1866, Maryann, Susan's younger sister, marries Frederick SOMMER, who grew up in Callington. Did they meet when Maryann visited her elder sister at the Callington hotel? Also importantly Wilhelm's brother-in-law, Frederick SOMMER, was later to be the publican at Callington hotel and as he had been a farmer and labourer for many years I am assuming it was in 'imitation' of his brother-in-law.

    There are several interesting articles about the German community. William and his hotel seemed to provide a focus for the German community. In 1864 there is the annual rifleman's day. William is the captain of the rifle club and after the shooting the party returned to his hotel where they dined and were joined by their wives it seems. Awards were made and what is exciting for me is that the three brother-in-law's names are there together, Robert WILLEMER, Frederick SOMMER and William WIEDEMANN.

    Later WIEDEMANN was to be the innkeeper at Mount Barker. But Mt Barker was also where Susan died in 1880.

    On 29 Sept 1880, William WIEDEMANN, at the age of 52, married Maria SIMMENS née Schroeder. Maria was only 29. They were to have two children.

    An interesting article exists about a robbery occurring in April 1887 at the WIEDEMANNS. There are details about the court case and the items stolen which included a watch and silver spoons. This watch originally belonged to Susan, Wilhelm's first wife and her name was inscribed inside it. At the time of the robbery it belonged to WIEDEMANN's daughter, Susan Isabella, daughter of Susan (née WATT).

    William left Mount Barker after about 20 years, in March 1896, and went to the Vine Inn at Glen Osmond. He was also leasee of the Freemason stables in Adelaide.

    William or Wilhelm WIEDEMANN died on 7 Feb. 1904, at Norwood, at the age of 77.

    Person ID I-8272  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 

    Family 1 Susan WATT,   b. 26 Apr 1837, Fifeshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1880, Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 1859  South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children of marriage Susan and Wilhelm had three children.  [1
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 08:20:22 
    Family ID F-2744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Louisa SCHROEDER,   b. 1867, Barossa Valley SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 29 Sep 1880  [1
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2017 17:32:51 
    Family ID F-2752  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S-61] FM Susan Nicholls, nee Moore - ID 8186 -evidence pending, Draft for magazine article in March 2017.