Germany/Denmark to Australia
William Hansen c.1813
WILLIAM HANSEN is the first known Hansen ancestor I have located, his
wife was Christina Woolf and they had at least I one son
Frederick Johann George Hansen about 1833.
Frederick Johann George Hansen c.1833
Johann George Hansen was born at Rostock Germany of Danish
parents William & Christina Hansen in 1833.
Arrival in Australia:
Story has it that Frederick joined the Merchant Navy and left
his ship in Melbourne to join the many who were off to seek
their fortune on the goldfields of Victoria. His
naturalisation papers state he arrived Melbourne Victoria
aboard the ship "Tiptree" on 4th January 1855 from Liverpool
tried his luck at several mining sites ending up at Jamieson Vic.
where he met his future wife Maria
Clarke about 1863/4, they didn't marry until the year their
sixth child was born in 1876 at this time they were living at
Sale in Gippsland. Their marriage took place at 40 Gore
St Fitzroy on 13 November 1876,
Fred was 41yrs &
Marriage Certificate of
Frederick & Maria Hansen 1876
Clark was born in 1845 Manchester Lancashire England. The
daughter of William Clark & Maria Shaw.
1851 UK Census:
Maria a 6yr old scholar, living with her parents and siblings
at Burton Building Manchester.
1861 UK Census:
Maria not found.
!861 Arrival in Australia: Maria
came to Australia aboard the ship "Atalanta" in August
1861 (Information from assisted British Passengers List
1839-71 : Page65 Book 14 Fich No 112) from Hampshire England,
religion C/E, could read and write, aged 20yrs ( I believe she
was more likely 16yrs) By Whom engaged Mrs Hansen address
Liverpool & London Ins. Co. Wages
£25 for a term of 3
or 5 years.
on the ship was I believe her sister Elizabeth aged 20yrs.
Granted to Frederick Hansen 27th February 1900. Noted from his
memorial for letters of Naturalization Frederick signed these
papers with a X his mark, stated he was 66yrs of age a farmer,
born Rostock Germany and arrive Victoria Australia 4th January
1855 aboard the ship "Tiptree"
Where the Hansens lived:
On the gold diggings at Mansfield, Woods Point,
and Reefton / McMahons Creek. At the time of their marriage
their address was given as Sale in Gippsland.
Eventually they established the family property known as Myrtlebrook
Farm, on Cement Creek near Warburton which was one of the
first freehold properties selected in the district.
Farm passed into the hands of Bert,
the Hansens' ninth child, He sold it
about 1914 to Lamprieres, the
Melbourne shipping agents.
A Little of the Life of The Hansens
Information from two
publications Warburton Ways & A Brief History of East
Warburton Primary School includes memories of a granddaughter
Many of the Hansens
in the Upper Yarra can trace their ancestry to Frederick
Johann George Hansen. Frederick and his wife Maria had a large
family of twelve, Louise, Bill, Nellie, Lizzie, Maude, George,
Ada, Samuel, Bert, Dora, Thomas and Ruby. Their
second child, Frederick Wilhelm Hansen, is thought to have
been the first white child born in McMahons Creek, in
1866. He came to be known as 'Old Bill' Hansen.
Hansen was one of the group of men who turned the river at the
Big Peninsula, anticipating that alluvial gold would be at the
low spot but, unfortunately, their dreams of a rich gold find
were never realised. Although he had a
farm Frederick Hansen still gave his occupation as miner.
Maria Hansen was a
small woman about five feet and had great strength of
character. By the time Maria had their eleventh child Thomas Talbot, in
1884, the first born, Louise,
was twenty and able to be her mother's midwife.
Maria was strict with the upbringing of her children where as
her husband was slightly more
Hansen is reputed to have run the
Reefton Hotel at one stage, in the
times when miners brought in gold to
be weighed on the grocer's scales.
Frederick Hansen died 12 Dec 1911 in Warburton aged 70yrs
no.15090. & Maria Ellen Hansen nee Clark(e) died 24 Jul 1925 in East
Warburton Vic. No. 11903 80yrs. Both buried at Wesburn
Family of Frederick & Maria Hansen
1. LOUISA MARIA HANSEN, b. 1864,
Star (Possibly Starvation Creek) reg.no.16557; d. 1924, Sth
Melb. Age 60yrs (No11720); m. JØrgen/John
Jans, 11 Feb 1882, Emerald Hill (Double Wedding Brothers
&Sisters); b. 20 Nov 1843, Ketting Augustenburg Denmark;
d. 15 Sep 1929, Traralgon West Age 86yrs (No12490).
Link to more details on Louisa
Maria & husband John Jans & Family
2. FREDRICK WILLIAM "BILL" HANSEN,
b. 1866, Upper Yarra; m. Mary Ann Judge, 1909, Reg.no.
3. ELLEN THERESA HANSEN known as
Eleanor, b. 28 Sep 1867, Lilydale Vic. reg.no. 22694; d.
1938, East Warburton 72yrs No.3720; m. Andreas/Andrew Jans;
b. 26 Nov 1846, Ketting Augustenborg Denmark; d. 31 May 1908,
Warburton Vic. (No?) Suddenly).
Click this Link to more details of
Elleanor & her husband Andrew Jans & Family
i4. ELIZABETH ANN
HANSEN, b. Abt. 1869, no reg. found; m. Robert Jones,
1890, Upper Yarra reg.no.2413.
5. ALICE "MAUDE"
HANSEN, b. 1871, Lilydale Vic. reg.no. 9978; d. 1935, Nyah
aged 64yrs reg. no.3057; m. James Branson, 1891, Reg.
6. ROBERT GEORGE
HANSEN, b. 1873, Lilydale Vic reg. no. 3414; m. Esther
Harris, 1896, Reg no.7457.
7. ADA CHRISTINA
HANSEN, b. 1876, Warburton Vic reg.no. 17320; d. 1946,
69yrs Warburton no.19558; m. Martin Mortimer, 1897, Reg
8. SAMUEL RODERICK
HANSEN, b. 1878, Warburton reg no. 19801; d. 1955, 77yrs
Healesville no. 21022.
9. ALBERT HENRY
'BERT" HANSEN, b. 1880, McMahons Creek / Warburton reg no.
19446; d. 1942, 62yrs Lilydale Vic no.30088; m. Minnie Don,
1909, Reg. no. 8615.
10. AMELIA "DORA"
HANSEN, b. 1883, Warburton reg.no. 26418; d. 1883, 5mths
11. THOMAS TALBOT
HANSEN, b. 1884, Warburton reg. no. 21345; d. 1956, 72yrs
Warburton reg no. 19513; m. Olive.
12. RUBY HANSEN,
b. 1886, Warburton reg. no. 30359; d. 1964, 77yrs Park?
no.3978; m. Christian Harvey, 1907, Reg.no. 1217.
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