OBITUARY (1927, November 1). The Tumut and Adelong Times (NSW : 1864 - 1867; 1899 - 1950), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134108987 OBITUARY MRS MARIA THERESA DIESSEL The death occurred last Friday week at Tumbarumba, at the age of 77 years, of Mrs. Maria Theresa Diessel,after an illness of nearly twelve months. Her husband, Mr. Andrew Diessel, predeceased her some twenty years ago. She reared a family of five sons and five daughters, of whom nine are still living. Those living are :Messrs William Diessel, Wagga ; Albert, Tumbarumba ; E. T., Dulwich Hill, Sydney; J. F. Canterbury, Sydney; Mesdames F. Cornelius, Tumbarumba; R. Martin, The Rock ; J. E. Young, Hamilton, Newcastle; A. Huxtable, Sydney; and F. Thomson, New Farm, Brisbane. During conversation prior to her fatal illness the late Mrs. Diessel would often refer to the riots in the early days of Lambing Flat (now Young), where her parents (the late Mr. and Mrs. L. Wolter) went to when she was a child (she was born at Ashfield, Sydney). Several of the Chinese were killed and others were driven from the goldfields. Scores of those who fled had their pigtails cut off, and she, with other girls, on finding some of the pigtails hanging to bushes would undo the plaits to get the silk which was in them to make whip lashes. Her parents eventually wended their way to Tumbarumba,and remained there until their decease. Her husband, who was a miner,along with his brother, the late Harry Diessel, had several small claims in that district, but when the Sydney Ground Sluicing Company commenced operations at what is known as the cuttings, near the Adelong road, about two miles out, he worked for the company. He also worked in the Homeward Bound, Peep of Day and Rising Morn Claims, and was one of eight to cut what is known as the Union Jack Race. He and his brother cut out the stone for the foundation of the Tumbarumba Presbyterian Church. The late Mrs. Diessel's grandfather found what is known as the Gibraltar Reef at Adelong. He made his money there and afterwards went to Europe.She had a brooch made out of a piece of gold taken from the reef.Before sailing for Europe, her grandparents sent her from Sydney, as a memento, a life-size doll, and in each shoe placed a £50 note. The doll was a pleasant surprise, but the notes were a greater one.
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