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Johann Gottlieb LUBASCH / Anna Dorothea GREISER 2nd wife

Brief picture of the

LUBASCH family in 1844

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In this article I have gathered the newspaper reporting & evidence given in the 1857 court case 'JAENSCH v LUBASCH'  required to support the SAILIS Certificate of Title information  regarding what we know of the ownership of 59 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf & how it went from land owned by the LUBASCH/GREISER family in 1844, to how 2 acres & 3 perches became LUBASCH/WIETH property & then to the WIETH/FAEHRMANN family & onto the FAEHRMANN descendants until it was sold in 1990.  


Family names mentioned in this article:


Table of Contents

1.    1844

2.   1855

3.   1856

4.   Court case summary

5.   Gottlieb WIETH


1.   In 1844 when LUBASCH purchased section 3812, 52 acres, Hd Kuitpo

  • Gottfried LUBASCH had been in the colony [arrived 1839 'Zebra'] for 5 years & 6 months with his 2nd wife, Anna Dorothea GREISER, & 5 daughters  [including one daughter from his first marriage].

  • LUBASCH was 54 years of age & his 2nd wife Anna Dorothea GREISER, 45 years of age, his daughter from his first wife, was 23 years old, [& had been married for 5 years with 3 children], & his youngest child with Anna Dorothea was 9 year old, Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH.

  • The eldest daughter from his first marriage, who did not accompany the family on the 'Zebra',  Johanne Luise LUBASCH, was 24 years of age, living in Prussia with her husband  of 4 years;  Johann Gottlieb WIETH 30 years of age, and they had no children

  • Gottfried LUBASCH by 1843 was running a 'respectable inn'.  [ Dunn Memoirs Mt Barker Courier 10 December 1886]

Brief picture of the

LUBASCH family 1855-1860

The eldest daughter Johanna Luise LUBASCH & her husband Gottlieb WIETH were given land,

by her father, where they built a home on arrival in South Australia in 1855.

This home is

59 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf.

How do we know?

2.    In 1855 a daughter arrives in S.A.

Eldest daughter arrives with family from Prussia, & husband Gottlieb WIETH.

  • The eldest daughter of Gottfried LUBASCH & his first wife Caroline WOLF, was Johanne Luise LUBASCH 1820-1899.  Luise had remained in Prussia after her father and his family left on the 'Zebra' in 1838 & married in 1840 to Johann Gottlieb WIETH.  They came out to South Australia in September 1855 on the 'La Rochelle' with them were 3 children, they had another two children in the new colony.  This 'eldest daughter ' had not seen her father for 17 years and she arrived the year before he died.

Newspaper reporting during two trials [1857 & 1865] involving the Will of Gottfried LUBASCH, reported that :

  • 'Johann Gottlieb WEITH [the plaintiff], mason lived at Hahndorf, and married Louisa LUBASCH in 1840' also  'Johann Gottlieb WEITH of Hahndorf, bricklayer' & 'Came into the colony in 1855, and was married in 1840.  The father-in-law assisted to build his house.  It was only a one room slab hut.'

3.    In 1856 LUBASCH died

Gottfried LUBASCH died, & who did he leave his land to?

During the publicly reported challenge to the will of Gottfried LUBASCH [by 3 of his son's in law, JAENSCH, THIELE & LIEBELT] a declaration of his assets at the time of his death was revealed by his 2nd wife as well as witnesses describing how LUBASCH wished to distribute his estate.

Authors summary:   Gottlieb WIETH, having arrived in South Australia almost exactly a year before LUBASCH died, was not a participant in the trial of 1857 when his 3 other brothers in law questioned the will of Gottfried LUBASCH.   He did however take Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH, his wife's youngest half sister to court in 1867, this will be shown further down. The following is a summary of the information that was revealed in the papers of the day in 1857 from which we can understand who built the original house at 59 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf. 


4.    Summary of the Court Case questioning the Will:

  • 'Another provision he stated was that the eldest daughter should have a certain cottage and land.'
  • 'There were 5 daughters of deceased, who lived at distances of from half a mile to two miles away from him'.
  • 'Mrs THIELE, Mrs LIEBELT, and Mrs MACFARLANE lived two miles away, and Mrs JEANSCH (sic) and Mrs WHIETH (sic) much nearer'.
  • 'The eldest were to have two acres of land and some houses, and the youngest daughter was to have the farm'.
  • 'The money was to be paid by the daughter who took the farm.'
  • Anna Dorothea GREISER, LUBASCH's wife: 
  • 'She was not aware that LUBASCH had two or three small sections'.
  • 'At the time her husband died, he had an 80 acre section and a block of 15 acres. He also had an interest in the German Arms public - house, and 300 pound out on mortgage'.
  • 'there was a debt of 80 pound for which they had no acknowledgement'.
  • Therefore only two or three pounds in the house at the time of death.  She had a box which was locked, but there was no money in it'.
  • LIEBELT, her son in law, had none of her money but another man by that name had borrowed of her husband 50 pound, 'for which there was no acknowledgment taken.'
  • 'His name was Gottlieb LIEBELT who was in the Court'.

Authors Note: The only man who this description fits is her daughter, Johanna Karoline's LUBASCH's husband, Johann Gottlieb LIEBELT, now aged 33 years.  

  • By the Attorney-General - The married daughters  very seldom called at their father's house, except Mrs THIELE, who called on the Saturday previous to the death 'none' of them called for several weeks. 
  • Mrs WIETH to receive:    'LUBASCH replied that he had five daughters; and that he wished Maria Elizabeth to have 100 pound of the 300 pound; also, that his daughter, Mrs WIETH, should have the two acres of land and the house standing thereon'.
  • Gottlieb WIETH:  'Received no money from his deceased father in law, but he built a house for him. It was a one roomed slab hut'. 


5.    Authors summary:   Re Gottlieb WIETH

Gottlieb WIETH, unbeknown to all, he had apparently entered into an agreement & later a written agreement with the youngest daughter Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH, to not be involved in the trial, if she paid him a certain amount of money.  Maria did not pay him and so in 1865 WIETH took Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH to court.

  • After the trial in the Supreme Court had taken place she expressed her pleasure that the present plaintiff had not joined in the proceedings, and she accordingly ratified her promise by signing an agreement, of which the following is a translation:- 
    • Adelaide, June 24, 1857, - 'It is agreed between Miss Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH of Hahndorf, and Johann Gottlieb WEITH of Hahndorf, bricklayer, that Miss Maria Elizabeth LUBASCH, in case she gets into possession of all the estate left by her deceased father Gottfried LUBASCH, as provided for by his [LUBASCH'S] will, shall pay to J.G. WEITH the sum of 150 pound sterling, Christmas 1857.  If  M.E.LUBASCH cannot pay the money in 1857 Christmas, then she shall certain play the money to J.G. WEITH at Christmas 1858, and pay to him interest at 8 per cent, yearly. Witness the signature- G.DOLLING, M.E.LUBASCH, Gottlieb WEITH.'

For further descriptions about this unique home 59 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf.