week 6 of Intro to Family History
It includes some good links to information on how to create a family history including :
O'er the seas we go.
This week also includes important advice about completing and submitting the assignment.
Particularly about writing a reflective statement. Reflecting on your research is important because reflection is an important part of learning.
Consider the following in a Reflective Statement:
- What challenged you? How did you meet the challenge?
- What did you learn that surprised you?
- What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to do this Assessment Task again?
- What have you discovered about yourself as a learner? How did this learning relate to your goals (personal, academic or professional)?
I've done the last quiz and submitted the assignment - here's hoping I have demonstrated what I learned. For anyone interested, here it is:
Main Research Question
- What type of work did he do in Australia?
- Where did he live in Australia?
- What criminal convictions did he have and what were the circumstances surrounding them?
- What were the prevailing economic & social conditions in Australia at the time of his criminal convictions?
Records and Resources I Have Used To Date
- The Hamburg Passenger Lists show he departed Hamburg on 1/5/1855, aged 30years, on the ship ‘Charles Ross’. These records also show his occupation as a Schafer (German for Shepherd) and his residence as Burgistein, Schweiz. His year of birth is inferred from these documents to be about 1825 his place of birth is not listed.
- His arrival is shown in a List of Crew and Passengers for the same ship, arriving in Sydney on 30th August 1855. Only his name is shown.
- Parramatta Gaol Admission Books show him in gaol in 1865, 1870, 1872 and 1873. None of these entries show details other than dates of incarceration, the offence and sentence. The exception is the entry for 19th April 1865 (3) which includes details of when and where born (1825, Switzerland) and arrival (Charles Ross, 1856) which is consistent with other records. It is from this record we can determine it was not his son John who was in gaol at these times. Later records in the Admission Books reference this entry for these details.
- The NSW Marriage Certificate 1856 , lists his age as 30, his parent’s names as Johan Stettler (# 2 pedigree chart 2) and Catherine Nessair (#3 pedigree chart 2), and birthplace as Berne Switzerland. His age supports his birth year as Abt 1825. Although a little difficult to see, his signature appears to be Gotlieb Johan Stritler, investigation into the names Stettler and Stritler have not shown any information except Stettler is a common name in Switzerland.
- The NSW Death Certificate 1882 lists his parents as unknown. His age is listed as 60, which does not fit with a birth year of Abt 1825, but as this information was given by 3rd parties it is less reliable than other records. It does list Gottlieb as buried at St Johns Cemetery, Parramatta, but not exactly where in the cemetery.
- I know from the documents  after his arrival in Australia he frequently used the name John instead of Gottlieb. This has led to some confusion, as he had a son named John Stettler (#8 Pedigree Chart 1), careful examination is needed to determine which John it is on a record.
- I have photos of several tenders to Auburn Council in the name of John Stettler, and these need to be examined more closely for further clues to determine if they are Gottlieb or his son John.
Repositories and Records that I Plan to Use
- TROVE (trove.nla.gov.au) searches
- Newspaper search for information regarding court cases
- Browse Parramatta and major Sydney newspapers for indications of economic conditions from 1865 to 1873.
- Ancestry (ancestry.com.au) searches
- NSW Police Gazettes for mention of prisoner movements or aprehensions for John Stettler
- Australian Electoral Rolls for Stettler family addresses
- Sands Directories for the name John Stettler
- 1891 & 1901 NSW Census for mention of John Stettler
- NSW State Archives (www.records.nsw.gov.au), read
- Archives in Brief 32 - Quarter Session records
- Archives In Brief 82 - Records of gaol inmates
- Search NSW State Archives (www.records.nsw.gov.au) - depending upon the results a visit to the archives may be necessary.
- Record search for gaol records for John Stettler
- Photo search for gaol photo of John Stettler.
- Visit St Johns Church of England Cemetary, Parramatta, to view Gottlieb’s grave if it can be located. Note: the church records are not available for viewing.
- Re-examination of the digitial copies of hand written tenders to Auburn Council to determine if these are for Gottlieb or his son John. (Compare signatures to other documents) These may indicate an address or date which will help verify other information.
- NSW State Library (sl.nsw.gov.au) catalogue for scholarly texts on the social history of the time:
- Local histories of Parramatta for information on Stettler family
- Economic history of Australia for information about the period 1865 – 1873.
- Visit the Local Studies and Family History Library of Parramatta (346A Church Street, Parramatta) once I know more about where he lived and worked to determine if they have any further informtion.