Of my maternal grandmother's twelve siblings, Ruby was the wild one and had a son out of wedlock. I think she was sent to the north west of Victoria to have her son and there she stayed. For a moment or two, I thought I had German blood, until I thought it through. Ruby went on to marry a chap with the family name of Bosenberg.
One of those genealogy sites sends me some information about family and recently sent a teaser about Fred Bosenberg, and if you want to know more, give us your first born child or whole estate. The email stated when and where he was born, when and where he died.
He was born in Bethany, South Australia. I am betting that Bethany is in the Barossa Valley and he was the son of a German immigrant (His mother also had a German name). While I don't really know about the latter, Bethany is certainly in the Barossa Valley. His parents might have been quite early German immigrants to the Barossa.
The grand daughter of Ruby and Fred Bosenberg is of course Mother's cousin, Fred moved to to north western Victoria where Mother's cousin still live. She has been a lifelong but long distance friend of Mother's. They used to meet at times, and have always exchanged Christmas and birthday cards, along with about every six months, long newsy letters.
I talked about this family stuff to Mother last weekend. She remembers from what she was told, that Fred Bosenberg was a cruel man, and his son was too, the father of Mother's cousin. My grandmother was never let out of the house when she was young to socialise, lest she go the way of her sister Ruby, who went on to have another child out of wedlock before she married Fred. I can't work this out now, but Mother's cousin discovered she had a Bosenberg half brother who was working in a factory in Dandenong. He has since died.
Damn shame really about the German thing. I would like to add more to my gene pool than English, Scottish, Swiss/Italian, Jewish, French and Danish genes. Confused about Swiss/Italian? There is a canton in southern Switzerland called Ticino where many Italians live, and where some of my paternal grandmother's family came from, settling in Waratah and later expanding to Launceston, in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Skeletons in closets, and all that.