Op­per­manns get to­gether

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE re­cent Op­per­mann fam­ily re­union cel­e­brated the fam­ily’s his­tory as early set­tlers on Bin­jour Plateau, near Gayn­dah.

Her­mann and Minna Op­per­mann brought three of their five chil­dren – Robert, Meta and youngest son Al­bert – to set­tle in the Bin­jour Plateau com­mu­nity and open a shop (where Bin­jour School now stands).

Their son Carl re­mained in Ger­many to com­plete his time in the army, while son Her­mann (whom de­scen­dents had no idea ex­isted un­til re­cently) died at a young age.

Her­mann and Minna’s sur­viv­ing grand­chil­dren were hon­oured to cut the cake in front of about 150 fam­ily mem­bers.

Grand­daugh­ter Agnes Yarrow said the fam­i­lies would sing songs of praise as they worked hard, in­clud­ing mak­ing roads, clear­ing the scrub and build­ing homes.

Ms Yarrow with Joy, Len and Alf Op­per­mann – all Apos­tolic Church Choir mem­bers in Bin­jour – sang three hymns at the re­union, car­ry­ing on where their par­ents had left off.

A fam­ily his­tory dis­play told how Her­mann, Minna and the chil­dren trav­elled to Bin­jour Plateau, where tents were pro­vided for each fam­ily.

But the land of “milk and honey” pro­vided hard­ships, such as no beds or toi­lets, no food and no nearby wa­ter – un­til some was found at Hunter’s Bore and other lo­ca­tions.

The fam­i­lies used syrup tins as bil­lies to carry wa­ter three miles and if they spilt wa­ter they had to walk back and get more.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OP­PER­MANN FAM­ILY RE­UNION: The Op­per­mann fam­i­ly­was amongthe ear­li­est set­tlers in the Bin­jour area. Pic­tured are Agnes Yarrow (left) with broth­ers Ernie and Alf Op­per­mann; El­ida Wen­gel (right; daugh­ter of Al­bert Op­per­mann) and Hilda Pus­tolla (cen­tre; daugh­ter of Meta Op­per­mann).

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