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Wilhelmina (Michaelis) Johnston (abt. 1856 - 1931)

Wilhelmina Johnston formerly Michaelis
Born about in Hanover, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 30 Nov 1880 in Albury, New South Wales, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Haberfield, NSW, Australiamap
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Wilhemina Michaelis was born in Hanover in 1856. She is most likely the daughter of Augustus Michaelis and Franziska Germer. [1] They had 7 children. [2]

Wilhelmina married Arthur Irwin Johnston, son of Arthur Johnston and Eliza Morrow, in Albury NSW on 30 Nov 1880. [3] They had 9 children: Minni; Amelia Williamson; Hugh; Charles; Arthur; Ruth Glenney; Queenie Thompson (1891-1960); Cecile Downs (1893-1971); and Herbert (1896-1919).[2]

Wilhelmina passed away in 1931.[1]

Research Notes


  • No primary document for Wilhelmina's birth or baptism has been located


  1. NSW BDM - Marriages: 2435/1880[3]
    • Date and Place of Marriage: 30th December 1880; Albury
    • Names and Surnames of Parties
    • Arthur Irwin Johnston
      • Conjugal Status: Bachelor
      • Birth Place: <not listed>
      • Usual Occupation: Superintendant of Station
      • Age: <not listed>
      • Usual place of residence: Wilcannia New South Wales
      • Parents' names: <not listed>
      • Father's occupation: <not listed>
    • Minnie Michaelis
      • Conjugal Status: Spinster
      • Birth Place: <not listed>
      • Usual Occupation: <not listed>
      • Age: <not listed>
      • Usual place of residence: Albury New South Wales
      • Parents' names: <not listed>
      • Father's occupation: <not listed>
    A full copy of this marriage registration is held by B. Williams


  1. NSW BDM - Deaths: 17250/1931[1]
    • Name: Wilhelmina Johnston
    • Date and Place of Death: 1931 October 3rd; 7 Denman Avenue, Haberfield, Municipality of Ashfield
    • Sex and Age: Female; 75 years
    • Name and Occupation of father: Michaelis; unknown
    • Name and maiden surname of mother: unknown
    • Where Born: Hanover Germany
    • How long in Australasian Colonies: 73 years in NSW
    • Place of Marriage, Age, To Whom: Albury N.S.W.; 25 Years; Arthur Irwin Johnston
    • Children of Marriage
      • 2 males and 1 female deceased
    A full copy of this death registration is held by B. Williams

Was Wilhelmina a Freunfelder?

Most researchers list Wilhelmina's parents as Augustus and Franziska Michaelis.

  • NSW BDM death registration (17250/1931) only records father's name as "Michaelis". Age is 75 (implying Year of birth 1856). Place of birth is Hanover Germany, with "73 years in NSW" (implying immigration in 1858).
  • No parents are listed on her marriage registration (2435/1880). Minnie records her surname as Michaelis.

The Vic BDM death index for Minnie's daughter Amelia lists her mother as "Wilhemina Johnston, maiden name Fraunfelder". This conflicts with the birth index listing mother as "Minnie Johnston formerly Michaelis 24 Hanover Germany".

One source suggests Wilhelmina's mother was Amelia J Fraunfelder (Nee Michaelis, b 1843). This Amelia would have been about 13, if Wilhelmina was born in 1856. This Amelia married in 1863.

Given the age difference between Amelia and Wilhelmina on Augustus' and Franziska's full death registrations, it is most likely they were sisters and the reference to Fraunfelder was a mistake when the death of Amelia (Wilhelmina's daughter) was recorded.

See Also

  1. Michaelis, Wilhemina, 1856, CapeWill Tree on MyHeritage[2]
    • For all the information I have on Wilhemina Johnston (Michaelis, 1856-1931) and her close family see my tree on MyHeritage that I am progressively transcribing. (B. Williams, 21Jan2019)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 NSW BDM - Deaths: 17250/1931,, accessed 1Jul2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Michaelis, Wilhemina, 1856, CapeWill Tree on MyHeritage,, accessed 21Jan2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 Johnston - Michaelis, NSW BDM - Marriages: 2435/1880,, accessed 17Feb2017

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