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GOTTFRIED DEPPELER - Tegerfelden - Switzerland -1858

Journal by edmondsallan

I wonder if we have any members from Switzerland ? lets see

Gottfried Deppeler was born in Tegerfelden, a small village by the Rhine River in Switzerland 5 kilometres from the German border on 22nd of August 1858. Tegerfelden dates back to Roman times when it was fortress defending that part of the Roman Empire. Since that time it has been a wine growing area. The soil is rich and the land is relativelly flat for farming land in mountainous Switzerland. Tegerfelden Castle was a Frank fortress and Tegerfelden was part of the Holy Roman Empire under the control of the Hapsburgs. Gottfried came from a family of vignerons who have owned land, farmed, grown grapes and made wine in the same village since the 10th century. His family still farm the original vineyards around the ruined Castle in Tegerfelden.

He followed his cousins and uncles to Australia to work on vinyards that they had established in the Geelong region. Swiss vignerons were well established in the area from 1839 until the Phylloxera vastatrix an aphid type of insect that destroyed the wine industry in that area around 1897. Gottfried had family members who had vineyards around Bannockburn and Batesford. The Swiss came over on the recommendation of Governor LaTrobe, whos wife was from the Swiss wine-growing region of Neuchatel.

Gottfried arrived in Australia in 1890, when the vineyards were declining. He decided to follow the gold rush to Ravenswood, near Charters Towers in Queensland. There he met his wife, Marie Rose Emilie Le Feurve, daughter of Pierre Le Feurve merchant and mariner from St. Malo, France. Marie was born in Tremereuc, Cote d'Armor France on 4 Jan 1869. She arrived in Townsville in 1878 on the Scottish Hero out of London.

They had a child (the first of 11), Henry, in Queensland in 1886, they then returned to Geelong to a vineyard near Bannockburn where they had another child, Emily in 1888. By then the vineyards were well in decline with disease and low prices for wine. There they heard about land up for selection in the Otways from Gottfried's nephew Jacob Deppeler who had a sawmill near Beech Forest.

In 1890 with two children and pregnant with another (Godfried Frederick, my grandfather) they travelled by wagonette to Gellibrand, then by bullock wagon through the unknown bush country over bush tracks and then by horseback to the farm that their family would live on for the next 70 years until the 1960's.

About three acres were cleared, all the rest of the property was tall timber and scrub so thick that the sun could not be seen until it was directly overhead. Gottfried made a sledge, similar to those that he had used on the vineyards in Switzerland, to transport provisions.

About once a month Gottfried would travel through the bush on horseback with a bullock wagon to Colac to collect provisions. (A task not that easy in a car today.) When another baby was expected Marie Rose rode to Colac on horseback, up and down the steep hills and through the bush in searing heat or freezing Otways rain and mud. This was just before the baby was born, When the baby was three weeks old they returned the same way, the baby carried in their arms.

For the next 19 years, until Gottfrieds death, he worked tirelessly clearing the land by hand. The trees were immense, from one tree he cut enough timber to build their first home. Gottfried and his nephew Jacob also worked a saw mill, processing and supplying exotic, decorative and furniture timbers such as blackwood, beech, sycamore and box for export to America, where other Deppelers from Tegerfelden had settled in the 1600's and established farms and timber companies.

On 22nd January 1908 a fierce northerly wind fanned a huge bushfire through the Otways. This burnt Gottfried and his family out for the first of three times. Everything was destroyed and they had to start again, with 10 small children and one soon to be born.

The next year , 1909, at the age of 51 Gottfried was thrown from his horse and died from a fractured skull, leaving Marie Rose a widow with a baby only 3 months old and ten other children to support.

On 15th February 1919 another inferno disintegrated miles of bush and utterly devastated Beech Forest. Fire again destroyed Marie Rose's house, furniture, livestock, outbuildings, and fencing. It also destroyed Jacob Deppelers Mill for the second time.

Marie Rose Deppeler and her children stayed in Beech Forest until her death in 1956 at the age of 89. She was then the oldest living resident of Beech Forest. Of her 11 children two were dead and of the 9 living, Godfried, Peter, John, Alfred, Herbert and Ernest all remained in the Colac area, farming or fishing at Appolo Bay. Their descendants are still farming in the area.

It is hard to imagine the strength of these settlers marching boldly into unknown, rugged and inhospitable areas such as the Otways and carving out a small plot of land by hand, only to be burnt out time after time, losing everything. Both Gottfried and Marie Rose came from villages that had been home to countless generations of their families. Gottfried came from an old and cultured family who had farmed the same land and produced wine from it for at least 600 years. He then came to a new country that presented incredibly harsh conditions, unknown in Europe. Life must have been very hard.
Andreas Deppeler, born 4th September 1859, Tegerfelden
Information and photos provided by Elaine Deppeler:

Jakob Deppeler (76) nephew of the Australian immigrants listed the following information in October 1981.

Andreas Deppeler (known as Andrew) was born at Tegerfelden Switzerland on the 4th September 1859. He emigrated to Australia on 9th June 1882.

The reason why Andrew came to Australia was because there was a famine in Europe in the early 1880's and the family decided to send their male heirs to Australia. Andrew was sent first, and seven years later in 1888 Wilhelm (William) came and then a younger son Alfred arrived in Australia in the early 1900's (around 1904).

After arriving in Australia Andrew worked at Farms and Vineyards before settling on a property at Sutherlands Creek.

On 30th October 1889 Andrew Married Bertha Schefferle (who was born on 28th September 1868 at Darriwell Victoria) they had nine children. Here's their wedding photo:

Emma - B 1890
Andrew - B 1892
Gottfired - B 1893
Bertha - B 1894
Jacob - B 1895
Elizabeth - B 1897
Regnold - B 1897
William - B 1900
Frederick - B 1905

Here's a photo of those "kids" taken on 22nd December 1956:
Back - William, Andrew, Regnold, Frederick, Jack
Front - Bertha, Emma & Elizabeth
The insert on the far right corner is Gottfried (know as Godfrey) (he diedin 1953)

Andrew and Betha shifted to Minto Lodge, Buckley - Roseneath, Modewarre and after the death of Bertha "The Chalet" Modewarre.

Bertha died on 2nd November 1923 at 56 years of age and is burried at Moriac.

In 1928 Andrew married Ruby Hortip (born 5th June 1891). Andrew died on 3rd March 1933 and was burried at Moriac with his first wife Bertha.

In 1939 Ruby Deppeler married George Buckland. George died in 1960 and Ruby died in 1982 - both were cremated at Ballarat.

Unformatted information:

Andreas Deppeler, old Ammanns, born 19 September 1829, died 10 Feb 1910
married 28 June 1853
Regula Hauenstein, from Unterendingen, born 21 Apr 1830, died 31 July 1856

Andreas Deppeler, born 19 Sep 1829
1st wife: Regula Hauenstein born 21 Apr 1830 died 31 Jul 1856
children: Johann Heinrich born 3 Nov 1853 died 7 Aug 1859
Johannes born 14 Nov 1854 died 1 Jan 1914
2nd wife Anna Deppeler born 22 Feb 1835 died 3 Dec 1915
daughter of Johann Deppeler and
Anna Hauenstein, from Unterendingen
Children: born: married: died:
Verena 18 Aug 1858 16 Sep 1858
Andreas 4 Sep 1859 30 Oct 1889 3 Mar 1933
(emigrated 9 Jun 1882)
Gottfried 26 Jan 1861 16 May 1896 3 Feb 1940
Joh.Jacob 27 Feb 1863 18 Jul 1864
Elisabeth 27 Feb 1863 17 May 1888 30 Aug 1934
Julius 14 Nov 1864 27 Nov 1864
Wilhelm 25 Apr 1866 14 Mar 1869
Anna 23 Jan 1868 25 Apr 1892
Wilhelm 21 Nov 1869 12 Jul 1905
Lina 22 Sep 1871 9 Oct 1893
Jakob 24 Mar 1873 15 May 1906 21 Mar 1950
Emma 24 Jul 1874 25 Sep 1894 24 Jan 1906
Alfred 4 Okt 1876
(emigrated 11 Sep 1904)

Arthur Stanley Deppeler
Information provided by Bryce Deppeler :
Information updated by Devon Arthur Lynden Deppeler:

Arthur Stanley born 3 December 1914 Geelong Victoria, died at Ballarat 25 June 1978. Arthur Stanley Deppeler married Halcyone Robinson. She was born 16th march 1921 at Northcote Victoria and died 6 feb 1996 in Nth Balwyn.

Arthur and Halcyone had 4 children:
Devon Arthur Lynden (first-born)
Dale Robin
Rowan Lesley
Kareene Isabelle

Rowan Leslie Deppeler was born 25 march 1954. He married (Bertha) Faye Collister (she uses Faye as first name because she has an aunt named bertha) was born 23 april 1947. They had Bryce Martin Deppeler born in Box Hill Australia on 23 Feb, 1978. also Stacy Louise Deppeler born on 21 Feb 1980.

Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan

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by modales on 2013-05-01 08:40:24

Do you have any more information on Bertha Schefferle? Any of her relatives or where she is from?

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