The family of Ferdie and Anna Winter.who were married in the school house at Sommerfield, South Australia. Back row from left: Cousin Pontt, Albert, Reinholt, Charlie, Paul and Otto (all Winter). Front row from left: Hetty (Rubesaame), Ferdy and Anna (parents), Florence Humphrys, Les, Evelyn, Rhoda and Reg (children) and (husband) Joe Humphrys
The family of Ferdie and Anna Winter.who were married in the school house at Sommerfield, South Australia. Back row from left: Cousin Pontt, Albert, Reinholt, Charlie, Paul and Otto (all Winter). Front row from left: Hetty (Rubesaame), Ferdy and Anna (parents), Florence Humphrys, Les, Evelyn, Rhoda and Reg (children) and (husband) Joe Humphrys

Family called Dalby home from day one

THE family arrived in Dalby in 1909 and settled there for a year or so. For Joe and Florence Humphrys it was a chance to branch out on their own. They had some of their six children with them and soon the older ones went to live with relatives. Florence obtained work at washing and cleaning and Joe picked up jobs around town. One of these was grave digging. When the old Aboriginal John Darlow was buried in 1910, Joe would have dug the grave as he was recorded as a witness.

Dalby had about 1500 people living there at the time. Near the town was an Aboriginal camp and Joe’s sons became friendly with one of the boys who later became a tracker for the police

The Humphrys originally come from South Australia. Joe met Florence Winter at Nhill in Victoria and they married there in 1899. She had been with her parents Ferdie and Anna Winter (Strauss). Joe Humphrys and his wife Florence moved with her family to Jeparit where she got work with the local storekeeper who had a young son named Robert. One day the boy went missing and to their relief they found him safe beside a deep waterhole. Robert went off to become the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. In old age Florence often wondered if he still remembered her.

As no rain had fallen, the brothers of Florence decided to move to Queensland. Soon their parents, accompanied by Joe and Florence and family, followed. They got together at Boah Peak (now Greenwood) near Oakey and remained there for a few years.

However land was being opened up in the Kumbia district near Kingaroy.in 1907. The young Winter men were interested and along with others selected blocks of land in the Taabinga Resumption. Albert, Charlie and Rein were among the first to move. Charlie had married Ada Janetski and for a time she was the only woman among the settlers.

A little later their parents Ferdie and Anna and youngest child Hetty also made the move to live with son Paul on his selection.

Joe and eldest daughter Florence decided to remain on the Downs and moved to Dalby. However in 1910 they moved out to live against thee Bunya Mountains. Their descendants remained there for over a century.

The Winter parents lived with son Paul but in 1910 Ferdie passed away. Three years later son Otto died tragically from a burst appendices. Anna lived her final years with daughter Hetty (later Rubesaame) until she died in 1929. She was buried wither family in the Kumbia Back Road Cemetery.

Descendants are invited to join the facebook page called “Family of Johann Friederich Ferdinand (Ferdie) Winter and Johanne Elizabeth (Anna) Strauss.”

You may contact Jan Ranson (great granddaughter of Florence) on jan.gar@bigpond.com.


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