Charles Biber
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Carl Heinrich Biber (1837 - 1923)

Carl Heinrich (Charles) [uncertain] Biber
Born in Crossen an der Oder, Krossen, Brandenburg, Prussiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 21 Mar 1861 in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Oct 2011
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Biography

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Carl Biber was born in 1837 in Crossen, Prussia (now Krosno-Odrzanskie, Poland).[1] His family lived at Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany. Carl migrated (with an Aunt - either Johanna Caroline Gottke or Johanna Louise Gottke) to Australia at the age of 18 to escape oppressive Prussian military service. Carl and Johanna arrived at Botany Bay July 27, 1855 aboard the "Gloriana" (having sailed from Plymouth, Devon, England on April 12, 1855).

The following year (1856), Carl and Johanna travelled to Melbourne aboard the S S "City of Sydney" eventually settling in Weinberg Road, Hawthorn.[2]

Shortly after arrival in Melbourne, at the age of 23 and with the intention of settling permanently within Victoria, Carl, (now calling himself Charles), applied for a Certificate of Naturalization which was granted on July 26, 1860. After taking the required Oath before The Hon. Sir William Foster Stawell, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria, on September 20, 1860, Charles Biber became a British Subject.

In later years, during WWI, Carl/Charles' house, named "Karlsruhe" (Carl's Rest), suffered attacks and vandalism, as a result of which the house name was removed and the street name was changed to Wattle Road (as it remains today). [3][4][5]

During this time of anti-German sentiment, two of Carl/Charles' sons, (Frederick William and Charles Theophilus), were serving in the AIF fighting the Germans in France. Frederick was killed in action in France in February, 1917.

Later in his life, Carl, (now known as Charles), lived at 5 Clive Road, Hawthorn with his daughter, Annie Helena Biber. Carl/Charles passed away in 1923 [6] leaving the house to Annie in his will to be passed on to her son, Clyde Busch. However, when Clyde married, he evicted his mother (Annie) creating a lot of bitterness in the family. Charles Biber was buried April 30, 1923 in the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, (Plot: WES A 0700). [7]

Research Notes

Per the Australia death record, Charles' father's name was August.

NOTE: We are currently investigating a possible relationship between Carl and three Biber brothers (Adolph, Robert and Edmund), all born in Prussia in the late 1830s/early 1840s and who migrated to America in the 1860s. Knowles-1375 10:01, 24 July 2012 (EDT)

Johanna Gottke
The following history of G2G questions shows that Carl Biber’s Aunt was Johanna Gottge/Gottke (nee Biber).

G2G (20 July 2012) [1]

My great grandfather, Carl Biber, arrived in Sydney, Australia (aboard the "Gloriana") in July 1855, accompanied by his Aunt, Johanna Gottke. Carl married (1861) in rural Victoria, then settled in Melbourne and raised a family of 11 children. I have found no trace of Aunt, Johanna Gottke since 1855. Can anyone help please? WikiTree profile: Charles Biber

Hi, I have done a little research and found the following a burial record of a  Johanna Lousia (Lotilsa) Gottge, perhaps the record was mistyped which unfortunately happens a lot. The details of burial notice are as follows;

Johanna L GOTTGE, 91 B Asylum C of E Section HH Grave ?? Parents: Fred BIVA & Anna STEIN Reg No 10027 (Melbourne General Cemetery)

As I said a lot of information can be mispelled due to it being record from what someone has heard ( BIVA / BIBER )

This johanna died in 1901 in Hotham, Victoria at the age of 91.

Hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions and ill do my best to help out! Katrina answered Sep 14, 2012 by anonymous

Thanks Katrina, I have now sighted the Benevolent Asylum record of death and this confirms that your info from burial notice is same person - except that father's name is BIBER in their register. commented Sep 14, 2012 by Peter Knowles G2G6 Mach 6

G2G 20 Oct 2012 [2]

Johanna (Biber) Gottge/Gottke (born circa 1810 Germany, died 1901 Melbourne, Australia). Parents Frederick Biber and Anna Elizabeth Stein. Can anyone help with information on Frederick Biber and/or Anna Stein and/or siblings of Johanna? WikiTree profile: Charles Biber

Do you have Johanna's death certificate Peter? It should tell you how long she had been in the Australian colonies and may indicate that she arrived via another colony such as South Australia or Queensland. This might then indicate other family members on the voyage. answered Dec 26, 2013 by Jen Coates G2G1 (2k points)

Thanks Jen, Voyage and arrival is not an issue; that's all on Carl Biber's profile. Frederick Biber and Anna Stein were shown as Johanna'a parents on her death entry (in the Benevolent Home register) which suggests they are Carl Biber's grandparents. The German records are my brick wall, as no other family members came to Australia. commented Dec 26, 2013 by Peter Knowles G2G6 Mach 6

Current thinking:

This Johanna L Gottge seems to be a daughter of Frederick Biber and Anna Stein and therefore a sister of Carl Biber's father, (possibly August Biber but yet to be confirmed). So, if she is, by that relationship, Carl Biber's Aunt, she could well have been married to Gottlieb Gottke, the occupier (from 1860) of the house at 61 Weinberg Road in Hawthorn,[8] where Carl and Mary Biber lived from about 1876 until Mary's death in 1888, and where Carl was still living during the period of WW1.

The missing link is the family of Frederick Biber and Anna Stein, i.e.their children - the siblings of Aunt Johanna (Biber) Gottke - one of whom must be the father of Carl Heinrick Biber.
Knowles-1375 05:13, 8 January 2019 (UTC)



Sources

  1. Wikipedia: Krosno Odrzańskie - Accessed 30 Dec 2018
  2. Wattle Road,first known as Weinberg Road, is an early street in Hawthorn and marks the location of a farming settlement established by a group of German immigrants in the 1850s. These farming allotments were gradually subdivided, a process which commenced as early as the late 1850s ... "Knottywood" (No.61 Wattle Road) was constructed in 1868 ... and is reputed to have incorporated a circa 1863 three-roomed wooden cottage owned by Gottlieb Gottke, a gardener, who occupied the site from 1860.
  3. In the 1850s, this area had been known as "German Paddock" which became Weinberg Road in 1860. In 1916, the name Weinberg Road was changed to Wattle Road due to anti-German feeling during the war. See the Wikipedia entry for Australian place names changed from German names for more information.
  4. Hawthorn Historical Society - Timeline - accessed 30 Dec 2018
  5. In the late 1850s the two Crown allotments either side of what is now Wattle Road were together known as German Paddock reflecting the fact that the first European owners were German immigrants with farms and market gardens including vineyards. The lane between the two blocks became German Lane until a petition from fourteen residents in October 1860 requested that the road be properly made and named Weinberg Road ('weinberg' being German for 'vineyard'.
  6. Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, State of Victoria, Australia. Death: registered 1923/6021.
  7. Boroondara General Cemetery
  8. Wattle Road,first known as Weinberg Road, is an early street in Hawthorn and marks the location of a farming settlement established by a group of German immigrants in the 1850s. These farming allotments were gradually subdivided, a process which commenced as early as the late 1850s ... "Knottywood" (No.61 Wattle Road) was constructed in 1868 ... and is reputed to have incorporated a circa 1863 three-roomed wooden cottage owned by Gottlieb Gottke, a gardener, who occupied the site from 1860.

See Also:

  • City of Boroondara - Review of B-graded Buildings in Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn (Volume 3), prepared for City of Boroondara, January 2007 to November 2009, by Lovell Chen, Architects & Heritage Consultants.

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