Are your ancestors also German/Prussian immigrants?…

Researching family history fills me with delight and can have many unexpected consequences. Some discoveries, however, are not particularly pleasant. One extremely valuable outcome is to be alerted to health problems which have been passed on through the generations. What a surprise it was to come across info about the “FH Morocco Gene”  and immediately recognising that my husband, and our children and grandchildren, could well be carrying the life threatening “Barossa Heart Gene”.

Barossa. cholesterol-study. prof Ian Hamilton-CraigProfessor Ian Hamilton-Craig, from the Griffith University School of Medicine, has been working with local doctors in the Barossa region of South Australia with the aim of identifying carriers of the familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) gene in a bid to provide them with treatment and reduce their risk of premature heart disease.

He noticed, when working in his cardiology practice in North Adelaide, that many of his patients from the Barossa area who were of German Lutheran background and a significant number from the Silesian area were at risk of early death because of a special gene mutation and causes very high cholesterol levels which can lead to death by heart attack at a very young age.

“People with FH, whose cholesterol is untreated, usually show very early coronary heart disease and can even die prematurely,” Professor Hamilton-Craig says. “FH is one of the most common metabolic diseases of genetic origin. We think it may be even more common than type 1 diabetes and it’s all due to a single gene mutation affecting cholesterol. We would like to hear from anyone in Australia who thinks he or she may be descended from these early Lutheran settlers, and who may have a high cholesterol or family history of premature coronary heart disease’, he said. It can exist in thin people who have a good, low fat diet.

Prof Hamilton-Craig stresses there is no need for people to be unduly concerned.

“Those who think they could carry the gene can have a cholesterol test with their local family doctor, which may be followed up with a DNA test, and if this is shown to be FH, suitable medication can be prescribed’, he said. “It is very important to test close family members as well, so that treatment can begin as early in life as possible.”

It happens that both of my children’s paternal great grandparents, Maria Mathilde Grosser and Emil Wilhelm Habel, are of Silesian descent.

Habel, Grosser marriage pic

Karl Albert Hermann Grosser, and his wife Anna Rosina Wogisch Grosser, were bfhs. grosser plaqueamongst the second wave of Lutheran immigrants to South Australia who were fleeing religious persecution. Accompanied by Pastor Fritschke. They travelled aboard the “Skyjold” arriving in Port Adelaide on 27 Oct 1842 with their six children. Their third child, Hermann Eduard Louis Grosser was 10 years old when arriving in South Australia and is the father of Maria Mathilde Grosser.

Interestingly Karl Albert Hermann Grosser, died at the early age of 50 and his son, Hermann Eduard Louis Grosser, my children’s 2x Great Grandfather, died aged 49.  Premature death is one of the “markers” we’re encouraged to look for in our family records.

bfhs. johann caeserOn the Habel side of the equation, Maria Mathilde Grosser married Emil Wilhelm Habel who is also of Silesian descent. My research shows that the Habels were slightly later immigrants. They came as a family group… i.e. mother, father and adult children (some with spouses) aboard the “Johann Caeser” arriving in Port Adelaide, South Australia, along with approximately 268 other German and Prussian migrants, on 1 Jan 1855.

Emil Wilhelm Habel, my children’s Great Grandfather was a first generation South Australian, born in Lyndoch on the 12 Jun 1856. The first child of Johann Friedrich August Habel and Johanne Henriette (Siefert) Habel who arrived on the “Johann Caeser” along with his parents, brothers and their spouses. Johann  and Johanne took up residence in Dutton, South Australia where Johann became highly regarded with his sheep breeding and involvement in civic matters, particularly as Chairman of the Truro District Council… but that’s another story for another day.

So there you have it.  Thanks to my family history research we now know about this “Barossa Heart Gene” and what the next step needs to be. You gotta love the Internet, eh?

Anyone who thinks they might be descended from early German/ Prussian/Silesian Lutherans can visit the website www.barossaheart.com for more information or contact the Barossa Family Heart Study coordinator Sheila Storrs by emailing barossafhs@gmail.com

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Resources and further information:
http://app.griffith.edu.au/news/2013/06/17/the-search-for-the-high-cholesterol-gene/
http://www.lca.org.au/research-study-checks-our-bloodlines.html

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Copyright © 2014. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

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TROVE TUESDAY: Jaywalkin’…

Banner. The Barrier Miner

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954  – Wednesday 13 February 1924, page 3

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TROVE. Jay walking.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/3275806

Nothing in the past every truly goes away…

TROVE jay walking-cop-issuing-jay-walk-fines

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/fines-for-jaywalking-double/story-e6frea6u-1226367424693

WHAT IS JAY WALKIN’?… glad you asked    😆

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaywalking

TROVE

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Copyright © 2014. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

TROVE TUESDAY: The Utopia of the South…

On South Australia‘s “birthday” last year, i.e. Proclamation Day,  I wrote about the origins of European settlement in this particular part of Australia. Not a convict settlement but a planned “Utopia of the South” which you can read HERE.

Another year gone, we’ve just commemorated our 177th Birthday/ Proclamation Day,  so I decided to trawl through TROVE to see how this occasion has been commemorated in days gone by.  I LOVE Trove…    😆

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In 1873, on the 37th Anniversary of the founding of the colony, the  South Australian Register reported: Banner. The Register

Proclamation Day 1873Proclamation Day 1873. 2

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), Tuesday 30 December 1873, page 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39302450

TROVE also delivered up many wonderful photos, from the State Library of South Australia, showing how this day has been celebrated in the past at Glenelg beach (the Bay), where the Proclamation was read when the first “settlers” arrived.

Proclamation Day 1912

Proclomation Day. on Glenelg jetty. 1913

Proclamation Day. refreshment booths near beack. 1921

Searching the 1873 newspapers around the rural area where my Susan settled shortly after arriving from Ireland, just 19 years after the Proclamation was read, there was not a mention of the celebrations which were clearly being enjoyed elsewhere. Seems it was simply “business as usual”.   I wonder why???…

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Copyright © 2013.  Catherine Ann Crout-Habel.

MUSICAL MONDAY: One Direction, my Irish Ancestry and all the rest…

One Direction 2013 - Source: Wikipedia

One Direction 2013 – Source: Wikipedia

My home town is aflame with excitement today as the “boy band“, One Direction, arrived in Adelaide, South Australia, to begin its Australian Tour and it’s all go go go

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

Waiting, waiting, waiting…

Still waiting...

Still waiting…

Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Thanks to Wikipedia.

Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Thanks to Wikipedia.

To finally see their idols in action…

One Direction - first Australian concert, Adelaide, 23 Sep 2013

One Direction – first Australian concert, Adelaide, 23 Sep 2013

Whilst thinking about my Grand daughter’s joy today, I was also remembering my feelings of 50 years ago, and just a couple of years older than she is now, as I sat and cried with happiness to be in Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia at the “Beatles” concert. Of course all I could see were tiny little specks on the faraway stage and all I could hear was the screaming of hysterical girls all around but it was indeed a night to remember.

Whilst the young folk are enjoying their night of delight right now, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, I’ve been having a kind of shared pleasure here in my very own home. How could that be?… you may well ask.     😆    Well, I’ve been watching a vid of the Irish version of  “Kiss You”  and am loving trying to sing along in the beautiful Irish, which touches into my very soul and takes me right back to my Irish origins. What a delight to see young Irish people singing popular songs in their own language 🙂

If you’d like to have a sing along… here are the Lyrics.

Tá mé ‘g iarraidh thú a thóg(áil) amach liom anocht
Is cuma faoin am, cibé uair, cibé áit
Rachaidh muid ann a ghrá, ann a ghrá
Gabhfaidh muid ann a ghrá, yeah

Ó gabh i leith, gabh i leith, gabh i leith
Inis dom rud amháin
Inis cén chaoi ‘is a lastar do cheann
A bheabaí just scread amach, scread amach
A bheabaí just scread amach yeah!

Ó feicim thú
Tú ag tnúth
Lenár grá nu(a)

Yeah, ‘nois inis dom faoi chuile uair
A phógann(s) muid
Tosaíonn mo chroí ag crith
A bheabaí abair yeah, yeah yeaah
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

Tá tú ag iarraidh crochadh thart
Tá tú ag iarraidh bheith i gceart
A bheabaí abair yeah, yeah yeaah
Yeah, yeah!
Gabh i leith ‘is póg mé

Na na na na na …………

Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh
Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh docht
Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh
Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh docht
Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh
Ag iarraidh thú fháisceadh docht
Yeah, spraoi ‘is craic a bheas ann anocht
Fág seo!

La breá, inniu nó (a)márach
Geobhaidh me thú
Beidh tú liomsa, liomsa, liomsa
Aon am, is cuma cén t-am
(Tá) Tusa dhomsa
Ta tú dhomsa, dhomsa, dhomsa

For the English lyrics, and a vid of One Direction performing “Kiss You”, please click HERE

Seems to me that my head is a place where the distant past (of my ancestors), my personal past and my personal present kind of fuse, and come together, in the most unexpected of ways.  Maybe that’s how it is for you too? 

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel 

On this day… 31 July 1848 in Kilrush, Ireland.

Clare Herald“On this day (31 July) in 1848, Captain Kennedy reports to the Commissioners that in the previous three weeks the eviction of 97 families, numbering 513 souls, has been carried out in the Kilrush Union.”

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My Great Great Grandmother, Susan Kelleher, was about 11 years old on this day when 513 of her neighbours had been evicted from their homes. Her family had, until now, survived the horrors of what is called “the Irish Famine” … others describe it as a wilful act of genocide.

Famine via Clare Herald re. 31Jul1848

Whatever name you put upon it, Susan’s family had managed to survive but clearly daily life, and staying alive, was still a huge challenge. The family story is that they were “advised” that some of the family needed to emigrate. Was this by their Landlord?… their Priest?… is the story true? … This I don’t know.

What I do know is that my Susan arrived in South Australian on the 13 May 1855, some 5 or 6 years after that fateful day and never to return to her beloved land of birth… her family, her Ireland.

We, her descendants, will always remember.

Irish Flag raised in Kilrush for the "Famine" Commemoration 2013

Irish Flag raised in Kilrush for the “Famine” Commemoration 2013

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RESOURCES: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=495775977168622&set=a.274670589279163.65951.274669819279240&type=3&theatre

 https://www.facebook.com/kilrush.famine?fref=ts

Copyright © 2013. Catherine Crout-Habel

Sentimental Sunday: … defiled, desecrated and destroyed.

It horrifies me that the burial sites of our Ancestors continue to be defiled, desecrated and destroyed and I’ve written about it often…  To read these posts just click HERE HERE HERE HERE HERE HERE  and recently I sent this post this to Sentimental Sunday… To read this just click HERE

Well I’ve now come to realise that, whilst being appalled and speaking out strongly for others, I’ve also been closing my eyes and refusing to see the depth of degradation happening in my own back yard…

Here are just a few examples of the situation, about 10 kilometres from my home, in Payneham Cemetery, South Australia.

Beautiful gravesites destined for & awaiting demolition

Beautiful gravesites destined for & awaiting demolition

The destruction and desecration of graves in progress

The destruction and desecration of graves in progress

Theodore Henry Elix so recently buried alongside his wife and now their graves are gone and the memorials awaiting collection or demolition.

Theodore Henry Elix so recently buried alongside his wife and now their graves are gone and the memorials awaiting collection or demolition.

Killled In Action and "making the ultimate sacrifice" does not ensure that this South Australian's memory is honoured.

Killled In Action and “making the ultimate sacrifice” does not ensure that this South Australian’s memory is honoured.

Here we are again... another young "diggers" life and sacrifice for his country defiled.

Here we are again… another young “diggers” life and sacrifice for his country defiled.

However, if any of these people happened to have been buried in South Australia’s West Terrace Cemetery… or their Memorials erected there then all would be OK

Why??? … Glad you asked.  It’s because the West Terrace Cemetery has Heritage protection.  That sounds good eh? …

The West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide has Heritage status and is feted and awarded...

The West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide has Heritage status and is feted and awarded…

This Cemetery has “Heritage status” and the gravesites/ memorials are protected because of… wait for it…  {DRUMROLL…}

RARE INDEGENOUS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PLANTS ARE GROWING THERE!!!

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel
Photographs by: Kylie Willison

Musical Memories on Mother’s Day 2013…

My beautiful mum...

My beautiful mum…

Remembering my beautiful Mother… Kathleen Mary (Allan) Crout (31 Mar 1925 – 7 Sep 2007) and dedicating this enchanting song to her this Mother’s Day, 2013.

The lilting voice of  “Geraldine Sexton” drew my daughter, Kirrily Ann, and myself to Geraldine as she sat perched on a stone wall adjacent to the Bunratty Folk Museum in County Clare, Ireland in 1994…. My first visit to the land of our Ancestors.  This is for you mum…

 

My 2X Great Grandmother. Susan Kelleher

My 2X Great Grandmother. Susan Kelleher

Mum closely identified with our Irish Heritage which soon became part of my personal identification, through the stories passed down through the generations. We heard how the ship my Great Great Grandmother, Susan Kelleher, immigrated to South Australia on was wrecked as they were approaching their final destination. How everything she owned went down with the “Nashwauk”  and especially meaningful was hearing of Susan’s reluctance to leave her family, and her homeland… but that the effects of the “Potato Famine” made this a necessity.

I dedicate this song to my Susan Kelleher, born Country Clare, Ireland in 1836 and died in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia on 9 Apr 1922 leaving behind three living daughters and one son, with three daughters deceased. “The grandchildren and great grandchildren number 71.”  Susan never did return to her native land.

 

Lastly I thank my precious children: Cullen Andrew, Jarren Vaughan (deceased), Kirrily Ann and Chad Sean Habel for enriching my life and loving me. This is for you my lovelies.

 

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel.

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Reality TV and the Adelaide Taxi driver…

THURSDAY THOUGHTS  flowed for from the keyboard of “THE ADELAIDE TAXI DRIVER OF THE CITY” last week in response to a newspaper article regarding the continual screening of Reality TV shows…

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“My idea – put all the reality shows together that can only be shown for one hour a week.”

“Imagine an island loaded with single fat people who have to hunt and gather food to cook into a five star meal served in a renovated shack while singing and dancing.”

“They could find love amongst the other players, lose weight, get fit, be resourceful in finding food and building materials, invent tools.”

“And the losers never get to leave the island.”

“It’s just an idea.”

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SOURCE: Adelaide Advertiser, page 13. 26 April 2013.
http://adelaide.now.com.au

COPYRIGHT © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel.

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Social Media… a force for good

THINKING - makes me smileI was an annoying child always asking “WHY???” … and nothing has changed.  I still drive people crazy with the constant questioning and, as this blog is a legacy for my descendants I’ve  started up a “Thoughtful Thursday” posts to share some of the thoughts which  have en-gaged me. The events of the past 48 hours have focussed my attention on our use of computers and, as with all technology, it has its positive and negative aspects.

Social Media tends to get a bad rap with a focus on trolls, cyber-bullying, mis-use by paedophiles etc.  However, it can be a “force for good”.

My daughter-in-love, Sylvia, posted a most poignant FaceBook message alerting all to the plight of Anthony Fox, a young husband and father of two, who had suffered a massive stroke and spent 6 months in Royal Adelaide Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, South Australia.  Anthony is now ready to be discharged but is unable return to his home and family because there is no funding for a carer to attend a couple of hours a day to assist with his basic needs.

Anthony Fox

I commented and shared the message… other FaceBook friends did the same as did many of their friends.  The last I saw, about 5,000 people had shared this message with their FaceBook friends.  Within 24 hours the announcement came over Adelaide’s Channel 7 news that the South Australian Government has promised to give him assistance to get back home to his family. Click HERE to read the news report and watch the Video.

Anthony Fox and son

It gave a warm fuzzy feeling to all who championed Anthony’s cause and no doubt others can give similar examples.  If so, I’d love for you to share your experiences.

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computer-readingThe second example, within 48 hours, happened just a few hours ago when a FaceBook friend posted advice on how to adjust “privacy settings” to stop the Apps, installed by other FaceBook friends, from accessing YOUR private informa-tion. So easy… so simple to do… you just need to know about it. So that very useful message is now doing the rounds too.  Just click HERE to discover how you too can guard against an “App attack.”   🙂

Bless those who use Social Media for the good of others.

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RESOURCES:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/latest/a/-/newshome/16532028/stroke-victim-to-be-reunited-with-family/

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/04/03/how-to-stop-your-friends-facebook-apps-from-accessing-your-private-information/

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

TROVE TUESDAY: April Fool’s Day… then and now

jester_hatI’ve never been much of a prankster except for a few times I stuck a sign on one of my brother’s back reading “kick me”. Not real original.  Now my mum just loved April Fool’s Day which I wrote about briefly HERE.

This year I’ve been musing over where mum got her sense of humour and whether, in days gone by, our ancestors also played jokes on April Fool’s Day.  With it being Trove Tuesday… to the old newspapers I headed.

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Back in Time

I remember mum saying that her mum, my Nana (Elizabeth Mary Murray Evans Allan) was not just a feisty woman but also quite a jokester, so I decided to check out the Port Pirie newspapers which is where she would have been living at that time, with her first husband and two of her three children.

There was no joy to be had there as the Port Pirie Recorder was full of doom and gloom, not the least of which was the huge miner’s strike taking place in Broken Hill and affecting many workers, and industries including those in nearby Port Pirie.

Banner. The Port Pirie Recorder

STRIKE AT BROKEN HILL. 2 Apr 1913. p1. The Port Pirie Recorder, South Australia, Australia
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/9100940

There was no sense in checking out newspapers in other locations, for most of my maternal ancestors lived in surrounding districts and would have been similarly affected by the miner’s strike. So a general search for April Fool’s Day 1913 was my next port of call and these items in the Adelaide Advertiser, although not published in 1913, drew my attention.

AN APRIL FOOL’S DAY JOKE. 2 Apr 1914. p8.   The Advertiser: Adelaide, South Australia.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5422591?searchTerm=April

ALL FOOLS’ DAY. 31 Mar 1919. pg.6.  The Advertiser: Adelaide, South Australia.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5640730?searchTerm=April

Logging on this morning I found that even the “techy big kids” have been at it this April Fool’s Day

April Fools’ 2013: The best techy pranks of the day. ZDNet. 1 Apr 2013
http://www.zdnet.com/april-fools-2013-the-best-techy-pranks-of-the-day-7000013324/?s_cid=e551

This is my favourite… I wonder which is yours? Just click on the link above  to check them all out   🙂

My favourite IT April Fool's Day joke for 2013

My favourite IT April Fool’s Day joke for 2013

Many thanks to Amy Houston for setting up the Trove Tuesday meme and also to TROVE… where would we be without you?

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 map-south-australia

Here we are… Port Pirie is north of the capital city, Adelaide (just above the “leg”) and Broken Hill is in NSW, just over the north east corner of South Australia .

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel