Oppermanns get together
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.
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).