Our Norwegian Family
|Ole Jensen 1813-1873 and Else Olsdatter 1814-unknown|
You can read more about the voyage of "The Lammershagen" HERE
|Journey of the Lammershagen|
Ole Olsen (1x great grandfather) who was born in Kragerø, Telemark, Norway met Anna Marie Thorsen (1x great grandmother) on board the ship. Within a week of the ships arrival, they were married at the Primitive Methodist Church in Rockhampton on 14th September, 1871.It was on the 16th May, 1871 that the family departed from Hamburg on a ship called "Lamershagen" for Queensland, Australia arriving at Keppel Bay on 7th September, 1871. It is said that two married daughters who did not immigrate to Australia, Gunhild and Ingeborg sat on the hill in Kragerø, Telemark, Norway watching the ship sail out of the fjord with the rest of the family. The girls never saw their family again. Other children to immigrate with their parents were Ole Olsen born 1845 (my great grandfather); Jens Olsen; Maren Sophie Olsen; Elvine Olette Olsen; Anund Hartvig Olsen; and Knud Hartvig Olsen. Sadly, Knud Hartvig Olsen died on the ship as it arrived at Keppel Bay. He is buried at Keppel Bay.
Anna Marie Thorsen's parents were Thor Andersen (Christensen) Blekelien (Bleikelia) b. Solum, Telemark. Thor (age 44) married Anne Pedersdatter (age 29) at Bamble, Telemark on 5 November, 1847. Witnesses to the marriage were Ole Pedersen Fossing and Lars Nilsen Tomasto.
Thor Anderson (Christensen) was the son of Christen Andersen 1767 - 1845 and Ingeborg Larsdatter. They married on 23 October, 1798 in Holla. Ingeborg Larsdatter was the daughter of Lars Olsen Brenne and Maren Andersdatter.
|Christen Andersen 1767-1845 ancestors|
|View of Rockhampton from North Side 1870|
|Marriage of Ole Olsen and Anna Marie Thursen 14 September 1871 in Rockhampton|
Coming from a very cold climate could not have been ideal for the family. The hot dry conditions of North Queensland would not have been an easy one to adapt to. Less than two years after arriving at Keppel Bay, Rockhampton, and on 4th April, 1873, Ole Jensen died. At this time the family were living near to Bowen, in Queensland. It seems that Ole Jensen died of Lava Fever. This is commonly known as Lassa Virus and is spread by mice. An unpleasant ending for Ole to say the very least. I have been unable to find the death of Else Olsdatter.
- Eilsa Olsen married Olaf Emil Anderson on 13 September, 1890.
- Anna Florina Olsen died as a small child in 1876 in Queensland.
- Oletta Maria Olsen married Richard Elgey on 5 January, 1898.
- Elvine Albertine Olsen married Thomas James Graham on 1 July, 1899.
- Sophie Olsen married William Hector Glover on 7 September, 1901.
- Ole Olsen married Rose Ellen White but this married did not last. Ole later had my father who born in August 1920 in Brisbane.
- Annie Margaret Olsen married Charles Gough on 30 May, 1907.
- Rebecca Thomine Olsen married Bernard Lynch on 9 August, 1911.
- Thor Jens Hartvig Olsen married Lillian Dorothy Condon on 21 October, 1915.
- All married in North Queensland and went on to have their families.
Hugh Mosman, George Clarke, John Fraser and horse boy Jupiter had been prospecting away to the south of what is now Charters Towers when their horses scattered during a fierce thunderstorm. It was while searching for the horses next morning that the first Towers gold was discovered. The discovery point was just near the modern day intersection of Mosman Street, Rainbow Road and Black Jack Road and was at the end of the year 1871 or the very beginning of 1872.
The party returned to Ravenswood to register their find which they named Charters Towers. A rush of ‘fortune seeking men' quickly followed and a small settlement named Millchester formed on the water at Gladstone Creek. By the end of 1872 some 3000 souls inhabited the new field. The alluvial men left early on for the Palmer River discoveries but the hard rock miners remained, seeking the gold in the deep veins underground. Charters Towers rather than Millchester soon became the main settlement. The goldfield did not reach its peak of gold production until 1899. During the period 1872-1899 the place changed from a rough settlement with bark and calico buildings to a thriving City of some 25,000 inhabitants.
|Charters Towers Mining Settlement|
|Charters Towers - Mining Exchange on left|
PART 2 OF MY NORWEGIAN STORY
|Ole Olsen front row 2nd from left|
|Ole Olsen 1883 to 1936 - Photo taken 1906|