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Ellingsen, Lars Shipping

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Came to Australia as a sailor oral history says jumped ship. Trying to establish entry in Australia!!
First of this line of the family to come to Australia from Kragero Norway. He was the youngest child of Elling Knudsen and Ane Fredricksdatter. Fathers Christian name taken as surname, hence Ellingsen, son of Elling Knudsen. Thought to have deserted ship on arriving in Australia when and where is yet to be established we think about 1852-6 as he married in 1857. Married to Katharina Haub in 1857 a lady of German decent at the of Church of England minister by Mr A H Smith at Carisbrook. Moved around the goldfields Ballarat, Dunolly, Stawell, Smythesdale, before settling in Sebastopol around 1867.
Brought a house at 47 Ascot St South, Ballarat sometime between 1876-80 and this remained the family home until his wife Catherine died in 1905. On death certificate it states 30yrs in Victoria so must of arrived between 1852-6. Had 7 Children 6 boys' 1girl. His occupation was miner when he died.


Source Information:
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:

C425924 1831 - 1862 0278297 Film NONE

Sannidal is also spelled Sannikedal on older records in Telemark in southern Norway.
Pg. 33, child listed as 28 at the bottom of the page,

Born Feb. 11th, 1833, baptised 25th of May in? Church, his parents are arbeidsman (working man) Elling Knudsen Smedsbugten (that is a place name, used as a last name) HUGE CLUE!!! And Ane Frederiksdatter.
The place called Smedsbugten was listed in Sannikkedal parish previously, but by the 1865 census, it is indicated that it is in the municipality of Krager in Telemark. Many of the residents of Smedsbugten listed on the 1965 census are working as sailors or in jobs that support shipping and sailing. (Of course by this time, your Lars is gone.) Sannikkedal is also spelled Sandkedal - confusing.

There is a list of the sponsors when he was baptised. It's hard to make them out,
One is single girl Maren Ellingsdatter; another might be a Trygve Olsen Smedsbugten. It doesn't say if they are related.
Further notes:
In 1851 before the discovery of gold Ballarat was a quiet sheep run town. But in 1854 Ballarat became the richest of Victoria's major gold fields, when gold was first found in Ballarat, Ballarat was a quiet hamlet with large area's of hill and gully still clotted in lush bush land. Creek's and water holes held clear water but the lavish returns of the so called jewellers shop's of the East Ballarat diggings soon changed all that, thousands of diggers and their followers crowded into the fields which soon covered 800 square miles of pot holed muddied alluvial claims, from many which gold was won by the pound weight. These early rewards brought Ballarat world fame. The men that came to the gold fields were from many countries. One of these men was my great great grandfather Lars Ellingsen, his native land being Norway. He came to Australia between 1854-56 on a carrier ship working as a seaman. Gold fever must of hit him as he jumped ship to seek his fortune. Since desertion was punishable by execution, hanging. Lars took a great risk that he would not be caught, but he found it easy to blend in with the large numbers of gold prospectors.
In 1857 he married a German Lady by the name of Katharina Haub, on New Years Day 1857, the ceremony was held in Carisbrook at the home of A.H. Smith, Minister of the Church of England.
Her new husband, Lars Ellingsen was the 24-year-old son of Elling Knudsen and Ane Fredricksen. Lars now knows as Lawrence prospected around the northwestern fields for several years. In 1858 katherina & Lars had their first child, Charles, at Pleasant Creek near Stawell. A second son, Conrad Herman was born two years later at Amherst. The only girl Katharina known as Kate was born at Barkstead in 1862;she was named after her mother's sister Katherina Eliss. After the birth of a third son, William John in Springdallah in 1864, life became a little less difficult for Katharina as the family settled at Sebastopol, where the last three sons were born: George in 1867, Albert 1869, Fredrick in 1872. Katharina's sisters had settled in Smythesdale, married to two of the four Hauser brothers from Nieder-Weisel, the families were close enough to exchange visits. Lars and Katraina's second son married in 1882 and he and his wife presented Lars and Katharina with their first grand child. Not long after this Lars died on the 16th January 1884, aged only 50 years, his death certificated stated that he died of cancer of the lip.

Funeral Notice:
The friends of the late Mr Laurence Ellingsen are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of internment, at the Ballarat old Cemetery. The funeral cortege to move from his late residence. No.47 Ascot Street South, this day (Thursday) the 17th instant, at two o'clock p.m. precisely.
T.Wellington, Undertaker, Dawson and Armstrong Streets.

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