Juliana HAUSER 1847-1889

Born on 5th August 1847, Juliana was the second of the four daughters who followed the births of the two sons of Wenzel Hauser and his wife Elisabetha nee Fett. Two generations earlier, this branch of the Hauser family had occupied the respected position of Court Juror and Juliana’s ancestor Jakob, born in 1709, had become Mayor of the village. Earlier Hausers had been blacksmiths in the village. This situation had changed with the breaking up of the organisation of the village during the Napoleonic Wars and Juliana’s father was, in common with his companions, forced to look for work as a seasonal farmhand on the amalgamated agricultural estates. Elisabetha Fett was from a farming family in Oes-by-Hausen near the Taunus Ranges – a hamlet of no more than half-a-dozen families.

It is not known when Juliana arrived in Victoria. A note in the Nieder-Weisel records suggests that her father came out; perhaps she was with him. It also seems that two of her brothers (Philipp b1840 and Konrad b1842) emigrated. One possibility for Juliana is that she was part of a group of children who were brought to Victoria on “Shalimar” by Katharina Plough nee Wetzel from the village of Nieder-Weisel. All these six children were listed under the name ‘Hinns’ but they were clearly not from Heinz families – except for Johannes Heinz, who became the Mayor of Ballarat. Katharina was coming out to join her husband and, it seems, chaperoned the children in return for a fee to cover her expenses. The Juliana ‘Hinns’ with her was 13, whereas Juliana Hauser was almost 15, but the ages of children were always under-stated to keep them below the adult-fare age of 14. They left Liverpool on 22nd August 1862 and reached Melbourne on 15th November.

The first actual record of Juliana in Victoria is that of her marriage on 16th November 1864 at Rocky Lead to Theodor Marthin Friedrich Gottliebsen, age 32, a son of Karl Gottliebsen and Johanna nee Stefan. The ceremony took place in the Lutheran Church in Rocky Lead in the presence of Konrad Marx who, as guardian to the under-age bride, gave his consent to the marriage. Although Konrad was from Nieder-Weisel he had no close relationship with Juliana; probably he was just a neighbour in Rocky Lead.

Theodor continued to work as a miner in the Rocky Lead district, and Juliana saw many acquaintances from her village from time to time. She produced their first son, Conrad, in 1865 and then Theodor in 1867. Six daughters followed: Susanna in 1869, Frederika 1872, Augustine in 1873, Elizabeth in 1875, Harriett 1878 and Margaret in 1882. A child born in 1884 did not survive, and at this time Juliana began to suffer from abdominal pains caused by an ulcer. Nevertheless she became pregnant again and had a son, George, in 1887. Her condition became worse and she died on 14th August 1889 in the home she had made for her family on Stony Creek Road, near Daylesford. Juliana was buried in the Daylesford Cemetery on Saturday, 17th August, just twelve days after her 42nd birthday.

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