Peter and Maria Hoffman who arrived in Killarney in 1854 when the area was only recently opened to white settlers.
Peter and Maria Hoffman who arrived in Killarney in 1854 when the area was only recently opened to white settlers.

Honour for region's pioneers

IN the 1850s many German families made the torturous journey to emigrate to the Great Southern Land.

John Hoffman, now of Thornlands near Brisbane, is a descendant of one of those families who will be remembered next month with a reunion at Killarney.

His great-grandparents, Peter and Maria Hoffman left Hamburg, Germany, on the October 16, 1852 with their nine sons and set foot in Sydney on March 18, 1853.

Mr Hoffman said the family decided to move to the newly-opened area known as Killarney - which meant trekking overland on foot.

“We can only assume that they used horses to help them carry food and possessions,” Mr Hoffman said.

Arriving in Killarney in 1854, a time when the area was undeveloped, the Hoffmans built the first hotel Killarney Inn which commenced operation in 1868.

Jacob Xander also made the journey and arrived in Moreton Bay on February 3, 1856 and his wife, Catharine and their three daughters joined him between 1856-8 after he had taken up residence in Dalby.

On retirement Jacob and Catharine moved to Tannymorel.

To celebrate these two families and their long heritage in the region a plaque unveiling of the “Hoffman and Xander Great Grandparents” will take place at Killarney Cemetery on Saturday, October 16 at 11am.

All ancestors of both families, family friends, general public are invited to be present at the historical occasion and join the family to a light luncheon for $7.50 at the Killarney Senior Citizens Club.

Call Mr Hoffman on 38217545 to confirm attendance.



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