Davies' Family History
The Children of Frederick LAUE & Wilhelmine MOLL
Wilhelmine and the twins went to live with German friends in Liverpool, England and in 1883 Wilhelmine married Frederick Laue. Two more children were born to them before the family emigrated to Australia.. Emma was six when they arrived in Sydney on board G.M.S, Necker. The family lived at Alexandria for a while before moving to Rockdale. The twins attended Rockdale Public School which was on the rocky hill near Bay Street and in their spare time they helped to wash the towels from their father's hairdressing shop. They also took it in turns to mind the baby whilst the other mended the socks.
Emma's husband; Karl Hermann Reinhold
Their Child: Herman (Harry) Edward
Harry was apprenticed as a fitter and turner. He joined the permanent
Air Force for nine years. He began as a Leading air craftsman then Warrant
Officer and was given his commission in 1944 as Flying Officer. He spent
18 months at Darwin NT and was bombed by the Japanese whilst at Batchelor
Air Force base near Darwin. By this time he was working as an engineer.
When he left the air force , he worked for Shell Australia for many
1b Anna Marie Louise LAUE - my
for Anna's story.
Their Child: Wilma Frances
Married; Wilfred DAVIES 21 Mar
1942 at Central Baptist Church, Sydney
Above photo- 1949- the wedding of Bern Fraser & Phyllis Duncan; from the left- Minnie Lippiatt, Victoria Lane, Phyllis Duncan, Anna Berger, my mother Wilma Davies & Norma Lippiatt
4 Minna Emilie LAUE
Minna Emilie was born in 1886 at 441 New Chester Road Tranmere, which is an area at Birkenhead just across the River Mersey from Liverpool. Her father listed his occupation as hairdresser, master.
After the family moved to Australia and Minnie left school she ran her father's tobacconist shop in the Tramway Arcade, Rockdale and there met her future husband ,Walter Lippiatt, as he was a regular customer. They were married in the Congregational Church (now Uniting) in Frederick Street, Rockdale in 1913 and lived in Waterview Street, South Kogarah (now Carlton) with the Lippiatt family where their first child, Frederick William was born. They later moved to Rockdale where their second son, Walter Dudley was born. They bought a new home at Arncliffe and lived there for a short while before Walter's employer (he was an engineer at Nestles Milk Factory) transferred them to Smithtown on the Macleay River, on the north coast. They had a good life there. Although it was very quiet for Minnie, she enjoyed visits from her sisters and their children. They returned to Sydney in 1923 where a further two children were born. xii
Photo above; Taken in March 1942 at my mother's wedding; the Laue Sisters
|.5 Edward Erdman LAUE
Birth: 24 Oct 1890, Rockdale NSW
Death: 13 Jul 1965, Aberdeen, Washington USA xxiv
Burial: Aberdeen Washington
Occupation : Electrician
Ed went to the U.S.A. in February 1920 on the steam ship 'Niagara' and got a job with the Southern Californian Edison Company working on a hydroelectric project in the Sierra Mountains, east of Los Angeles. While he was working in the mountains in winter he became ill with pneumonia. He was taken to Los Angeles County Hospital where he was cared for by Rachel Ruth Porter. When he recovered, he returned to his job in the mountains. After completing her nursing training Ruth Porter went up to Berkeley and enrolled in a public health course there. Upon completion of the course, she went to work for the Red Cross in the Bay area and lived in Valleo. Meanwhile, Ed, finished working on the job in the Sierras and was able to get a job in Valleo, working on a new movie theatre. Edward and Ruth coincidentally lived in the same rooming house. In December 1921, they travelled to Ruth's sister's (Elizabeth Dobell) in Aberdeen Washington. They were married there on 24th December 1921, and shortly afterwards left for Sydney, Australia.
They lived in Kimpton Street, Banksia in Sydney where their son Douglas was born. Ruth became home sick and they moved back to U.S.A., where their daughter Evelyn was born. They lived at 415 Third Ave, Aberdeen, Washington. Their children Douglas and Evelyn live at Tacoma (Washington) and Clackamas (Oregon) respectively. xxiv
His wife: Rachel Ruth PORTER
This is Ed's Australian passport photo dated 31 January 1920 & updated August 1926. He is described as 5 feet 8 1/2 inches with grey eyes & light brown hair. Ruth is described as 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall with brown eyes & hair. Douglas had been added and was 3 & half years old.
6. Mary Marie LAUE
Birth: 1892 (?), Rockdale NSW
Death: 1892, Rockdale
|7. Charlotte A. F.LAUE
Birth: 1895, Rockdale NSW
Death: 1931, Picton NSW xxv
Buried: Woronora Cemetery; Catholic Section1 #0187
Charlotte (Lottie) had married Jack Fraser without knowing that he
had TB (tuberculosis) and when their son Bern was 2 months old , his
father died. Lottie contracted it and had to live in the Blue Mountains,
west of Sydney, but was then moved to the TB home at Thirlmere near
Wollongong. She died at a sanitorium at Picton aged 36. John, her eldest
son, contracted TB and meningitis and died at a sanitorium in Katoomba
NSW, after going blind at the age of eleven. xxvi Bern contracted TB
in the spine and spent four years in the Alexandra Hospital, Camperdown,
Sydney in a leather jacket, lying flat on his back and was eventually
cleared of it.
Bern was born in 1920. His father died shortly after from tuberculosis and when he was nine years old his mother and older brother died of TB also. Bern contracted it in his spine and spent several years in hospital. He was eventually cured and placed in the care of his maternal aunt, Anna Zizelsberger.
Having spent many years in hospital he tended to be a little spoilt
and clashed with Anna's husband Charles. He was like a brother to their
only child, Wilma. Bern and Wilma attended the Banksia Free Church and
Christianity had a settling influence on Bern. He worked hard for the
church and became involved in the Open Air Campaigners and was a foundation
member of Glenbrook Baptist Church in the Blue Mountains. He was best
man at Wilma's marriage to Wilfred Davies in 1942 . He died aged 75.
Charlotte Fraser (left) with her sister-in-law Ruth Laue & Charlotte's sons John (right) & Bern. This photo was taken c. 1922
8. Miss Victoria Auguste LAUE
Victoria did a commercial course and 'kept company' with Joe McGeoghan (Mac). It was during the time of The Great Depression. Mac lost his job and if they got married ,Vic would have to give hers up. So they 'kept company' for 13 years. When he was 32 years old, Mac contracted kidney disease and died. Victoria's first position was a junior in the packing department of Thomas A. Edison. She spent eighteen years progressing through the company and was the last employee when the company was wound up. Her last position as stationery manager with Royal Exchange Assurance, was a wartime appointment and she remained there until her retirement. She lived at Bathurst, Dulwich Hill andthen bought a unit at 19 Arthur Ave, Cronulla. She enjoyed owning cars and ususally had a big one. She suffered a fall at her 90th birthday party and declined in health . She sold her unit at Cronulla and moved into a nursing home at Singleton to be near her niece Norma Corderoy (nee Lippiatt).vi
|Victoria with her mother c. 1912|
i. The name Friederich
Schway was listed on his death certificate by his son Edward but on the birth
certificate of his daughter Victoria, his birthplace is listed as Friederich
Schweig. I cannot find this town in any gazetteers nor can my German researcher
find them. I can only summise that this town was in Prussia and is now in
present day Poland.
ii. death certificate
iii. oral also there are photos of him in his apron outside his hairdressing shop in Rocky point Road, Rockdale.
iv. Emigration Index -shipping out of Hamburg B 484 for 1882-1883.
v. marriage certificate
vii. NSW Archives- Shipping lists
viii. Sands Directories for NSW
ix. Newspaper clipping from local newspaper of 1972 (?) showing Victoria presenting the bowls.
x. Will obtained from the Probate Section of the Supreme Court of NSW.
xi. International Genealogy Index
xii. birth certificate
xiii. Newspaper clipping
xiv. Civil Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages in Germany
xv. Photostat copy of birth extract in the church records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Neuberg Mecklenburg/ Schwerin
xvi. NSW Archives- 1919-1945 register marriages & deaths ref # 5983
xvii. Photostat copy of the church records of the Lutheran Church in Neuberg show Anna's surname as MOLL and definitely states 'illegitimate'.
xviii . oral-- my mother, Wilma Davies.
xix. I can remember this
xx. Letters sent to me by Ilse Zizelsberger that were written by her father Josef and my grandfather Charles during the 1920s.
xxi. Naturalisation application
xxii. Electoral Roll of 1906. Rockdale area #1152 . I checked the Arncliffe rolls of the surnames of his uncles and more immediate family but couldn't find anyone their either.
xxiii. Letter- Norma Corderoy (nee Lippiatt)
xxiv. Letter - Evelyn Elder nee Laue.
xxv. NSW Archives- 1919-1945 register of marriages & deaths Ref#8419
xxvi. NSW Archives- 1919-1945 register of marriages & deaths. Ref # 24180
xxvii. NSW Archives- 1919-1945 Register of marriages & deaths . Ref #20551
xxviii. Written on the back of their wedding photo
xxix- New Zealand Army Records - Archive AABK 18805 W. 554 Box 1, 66548
by Ros Davies
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