Family Tree of the Adlers, Edwardses, Hogans, Lipscombes and Olivers

Johann Mirtschin (1840 - 1919), and Ernstine Adler (1845 - 1925)

Married: 27 Jul 1870, Tabor Luthern Church, Croxton, Vic, Australia

Johann Mirtschin
Born: c.1809, Saxony
Died: 1884, Penshurst, Vic, Australia

Marie Gude
Born: c.1809, Saxony
Died: 1884, Penshurst, Vic, Australia

Born: 24 Mar 1840, Dohlen, Saxony
Died: 6 Jun 1919, Gnadenthal, Penshurst, Vic, Australia


Friedrich Mirtschin
Born: 23 Mar 1872, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 7 Jun 1943, Tabor, Vic, Australia

Johann Mirtschin
Born: 28 Jul 1873, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 7 Nov 1927, Tabor, Vic, Australia

Emma Marie Mirtschin
Born: 7 Mar 1875, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 23 Jan 1933, Tabor, Vic, Australia

Anna Mirtschin
Born: 27 May 1876, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 17 Apr 1944, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia

Paul Mirtschin
Born: 14 Dec 1878, Penshurst, Vic, Australia
Died: 9 Nov 1957, Penshurst, Vic, Australia

Carl Mirtschin
Born: 14 Mar 1881, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 22 Feb 1885, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia

Eduard Mirtschin
Born: 6 Sep 1883, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 12 Sep 1924, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia

Caroline Mirtschin
Born: 13 May 1886, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 22 Aug 1977, Mutoa, Vic, Australia

August Mirtschin
Born: 27 Sep 1891, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia
Died: 16 Mar 1958, Gnadenthal, Vic, Australia

Johann Gottlieb Adler
Born: 7 Jun 1821, Bersdorf, Silesia, Prussia
Died: 5 Oct 1891, Gnadenthal, Penshurst, Vic, Australia


Johanne Christiane Uebergang
Born: 1822, Merzdorf, Silesia, Prussia
Died: 28 Oct 1911, Murtoa, Vic, Australia

Ernstine ADLER
Born: 25 Dec 1845, Bersdorf, Silesia, Prussia
Died: 17 Sep 1925, Gnadenthal, Penshurst, Vic, Australia



J. Mirtschin
Source: 'Uebergang Families in Australia 1848 - 1985'.

E. Adler
Source: 'Uebergang Families in Australia 1848 - 1985'.

Marriage source: The Uebergang Families in Australia 1848-1985.  

Story: Ernstine Adler (1845 - 1925)

From "The Uebergang Families in Australia, 1848 - 1985", added to this site 27 Jan 2003

Ernstine lived her first year at Bersdorf and was probably baptised at the local Gros Rosen Church. Because of the death of her infant sister, she was the only German-born member of her immediate family. She was three when her parents emigrated to Australia, with her grandparents, aunts and uncle on the Wappaus.

Ernstine's early life was spent at 'Trawalla' Station (near Beaufort) and her parents' farms at Woodford and Winslow, near Warrnambool. She was confirmed by the pioneer Luther pastor, C.W.Schürmann, who also married her in 1870, prior to her parents' move to the Wimmera.

At the time of her marriage Ernstine's address was given as Mount Rouse (Gnadethal, Penshurst). It is possible that she was working in that district and, as a consequence, met her future husband.

The Mirtschin (Miertschin) family were Wendish people, belonging to a Slavic - as distinct from a Germanic - racial group. Many Wends came to Australia in the early days of the Lutheran migration.

Johann was 11 when he emigrated with his family on the Helene, arriving in South Australia on Christmas Eve, 1851. With a number of Wendish people they settled in the Lyndoch Valley. The following year, again as a group, they moved to Portland in Victoria, the Mirtschins travelling by sea with the equipment while the rest went overland. After living temporarily at Portland, during which time Pastor Schürmann arrived to serve them, some of the group bought land at The Grange (Hamilton). In 1853 Johann's father and five other settlers bought 624 acres at £1.2.6 ($2.25) per acre near Mount Rouse. They called their little 'German' community Gnadethal, Valley of Grace.

In the early years Johann accompanied his father to Ballarat, seeking gold in an effort to supplement their meagre finances. The Mirtschins were foundation members of the Gnadethal Lutheran congregation, which like Tabor (Croxton), was served by Pastor Schürmann and shared the Tabor church. Johann and family later became prominent members of the combined Tabor congregation.

Johann inherited his father's land at Gnadethal. At first he and Ernstine probably lived in the original pug house, but later they built the bluestone house which, with some modifications, still stands today. Ernstine was a small woman, and because she never had robust health her older daughters did much of the gardening, milking and other heavy work.

Towards the end of his life Johann suffered from dropsy and gout. He was confined to a wheelchair until the last five months when he became bedridden. He was the last of the original Mount Rouse pioneers when he died, aged 79. Johanne's sister, Christiane, who had married Ernstine's brother August Adler, died at Murtoa two months later.

After his death, Johann's son Paul managed the farm. Ernstine and her unmarried daughter, Emma, and handicapped son, Eddie, lived in a cottage on the farm. She was 80 when she died, and, like her mother, had few grey hairs.

Apart from an infant son and her husband, Ernstine was also predeceased by her son Eddie, who died exactly 12 months before his mother. Ernstine had lived at Gnadethal for 56 years.

Fred Mirtschin married Mary Bunge and farmed at 'Pine Grove', Penshurst, until he lost the farm during the Depression. The family then moved to Tabor, where Fred died. After losing everything in the 1944 bushfires, Mary retired to Hamilton.

John married Mary Hendreck. He also had a dairy farm at Penshurst.

Emma cared for her parents and brother Eddie until their deaths. After her mother died she continued to live on the farm, assisting in her brother Paul''s household.

Anna married Reinhold Linke, a widower with 5 children, who owned a successful grazing property, 'Willow Brook', Penshurst. When Reinhold died as a result of a stroke, Anna lived with her son Walter at Kolor South, near Penshurst, until she died.

Paul married Netta Matuschka and farmed the original Mirtshin property at Gnadethal; today (1985) it it is farmed by Paul's son Laurence, the fourth generation Mirtschin to own it. Paul was also a director of the Penshurst Butter Factory for 30 years.

Carl died at the age of four years; while Eddie, as a result of infantile convulsions, was left partly-paralysed and intellectually impaired. He could not lead a normal life and always lived with his parents and Emma.

Lena married Alf Schache and farmed at Kewell, north-west of Murtoa. They retired to Murtoa in 1961. Lena suffered ill-health for many years.

Gus married Tot Keilar, and was farming contrator at Penshurst (1920 - 1939). When war broke out he was compelled to go to Melbourne to work at the Maribyrnong Munition Works (1939 - 1946). Later he worked at Daniel Harvey, Implement Manufacturers at Box Hill until his death. Tot died at Hamilton.

The above is extracted from
The Uebergang Families in Australia 1848 - 1985
© The Uebergang History Committee, 1985,
pp. 49 - 51.
Quoted with permission.

Johann Mirtschin and his wife Ernstine neée Adler

Johann Mirtschin and his wife Ernstine neée Adler

Ernstine and her husband Johann Mirtschin in later years

Ernstine and her husband Johann Mirtschin in later years

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