Rudolph George B÷ttcher

Rudolph George B÷ttcher

Male Abt 1887 - 1974  (~ 87 years)

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  • Name Rudolph George B÷ttcher 
    • Sometime before the first World War, Wilhelm and Wilhelmina changed their and their children's surname from Bottcher to Burcher. I assume this was because Germans would not have been really popular around the time of the first world War.
    Born Abt 1887  Kleinow, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 22 Aug 1887  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Brisbane Courier Newspaper - Monday, August 22, 1887
    The Brisbane Courier Newspaper - Monday, August 22, 1887
    This is a PDF copy of the newspaper printed on the day that Wilhelm, Wilhemina and their young family arrived in Brisbane aboard the ship "RMS Bulimba". A mention of the ships arrival is listed on page 4 column 1. Details of the voyage can be found in the following days edition of the news paper which is also attached to this page.
    Read about what was newsworthy and what was happening in Brisbane in 1887 and get a feel of how daunting it must have been for the Bottchers.
    The Brisbane Courier Newspaper, Tuesday, August 23, 1887
    The Brisbane Courier Newspaper, Tuesday, August 23, 1887
    This Pdf copy of the newspaper has the voyage of the RMS Bulimba printed on page 4 Column 1 (arrival) and page 4 column 3 (the voyage). It describes the journey from England to Brisbane. Read the newspaper and get a feel what Brisbane was like in 1887.
    Queensland Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 - Ship Bulimba - Passengers Wilhelm Bottcher and Family.
    Queensland Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 - Ship Bulimba - Passengers Wilhelm Bottcher and Family.
    Wilhelm, accompanied by his wife Wilhelmine, children Marie, Hans, Wilhelm and Rudolph, sailed from London, England, aboard the ship Bulimba, departing 28th June 1887 and arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 22nd August 1887.
    Assisted Immigration 1848- 1912 - Ship Bulimba
    Assisted Immigration 1848- 1912 - Ship Bulimba
    This is the full passenger list of the Ship Bulimba including all its 1887 voyages from London England to Brisbane Queensland, Australia. The voyage that included Wilhelm Bottcher and his family, 28th June 1887 to 22 August 1887 starts on page 198 of the register and the family are located on page 212.
    Died 13 Dec 1974  Kogarah Endeavour Nursing Home, Kogarah, New South Wales Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Rudolph George Bottcher is the fourth child of Wilhelm and Wilhemina Bottcher (n. Dahn). He was born in 1887 at Kleinow,Brandenburg, Prussia (Germany). He was still an infant when the family left Prussia for Australia. He got sick in England and the family had to stay longer in London than planned. The family nick named him "The Pom". He was 17 years old when his mother died in 1904.
      In 1908, at the age of 21 Rudolph was a witness to the wedding of his brother John Frederick and Rachel Young. At this time he had already changed his Name to Rudolf George Burcher. The German pronunciation of the Surname Bottcher is Burr-cher.
      He was 24yrs old when he married Edith Matthews, aged 28 and Daughter of Isaac H Matthews and Esther Hazel. They were married on the 185h October 1911 at the Methodist Church at East Balmain, New South Wales, Australia.
      Rudolph was the first of his siblings to move to Sans Souci, followed by Rita and then Minnie, with their respective families.
      Rudolph was outgoing, an amateur actor, with a good singing voice. He acted in amateur stage shows, such as the Mikado. His interest was amateur stage acting and singing. He belonged to the Glebe Choir and later the Rockdale Coral Society.
      He worked at Hunters Shoes and remained in the industry for forty years. They didn't have any children, his wife Edith died in 1952, they were married for 41 years.
      He is remembered by many as a popular uncle, he made sandals for his nephews and nieces for Christmas, as shoes were hard to get around WW2. At Christmas gatherings, when the piano was played, he would sing. He had a Baritone voice and would often sing songs like "Hats off to the Stoker".
      He would collect his coins throughout the year and at christmas would give each child a pile of them.
      After his wife died, Rudolph spent a lot of time in the care of his sisters Rita and Minnie. Everyone was very fond of him, they called him Dolf or Uncle Rudy. He had blond hair, that turned to silver as he got older. His usual residence was 58 Carol Street Kogarah New South Wales.
      Rudolph died at age 87, on 13th December 1974 at Endeavour Nursing Home, Kogarah, New South Wales, after 2 years of illness. He is buried at Woronora Methodist Cemetery, New South Wales.
    Person ID I2438  Tucker Family Tree | Bottcher family tree
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2012 

    Father Wilhelm August Christian B÷ttcher,   b. Abt Dec 1860, Kleinow, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1928, Liverpool Hospital, N.S.W, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Wilhelmina Louise Christine Dahn,   b. Abt 1860, new berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1904, Brown Street, St Peters, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1881  Blankenburg, New Berlin, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edith Faith Matthews,   d. 1952, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 18 Oct 1911  Methodist Church, East Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F1926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1887 - Kleinow, Prussia, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 22 Aug 1887 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Oct 1911 - Methodist Church, East Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Dec 1974 - Kogarah Endeavour Nursing Home, Kogarah, New South Wales Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rudolph George Bottcher
    Rudolph George Bottcher
    Rudolph George Bottcher son of Wilhelm August Christian Bottcher and Wilhelmina Louise Christine Dahn.
    Rudolph Bottcher and His wife Edith Burcher
    Rudolph Bottcher and His wife Edith Burcher
    Rudolph Bottcher and His wife Edith Faith Burcher (nee Matthews)
    Rudolph George Bottcher (Burcher) and Edith Faith Burcher (nee Matthews)
    Rudolph George Bottcher (Burcher) and Edith Faith Burcher (nee Matthews)
    Rudolph George Bottcher (Burcher) and Edith Faith Burcher (nee Matthews) on their wedding day 18 Oct 1911 .
    Rudolph Bottcher (Burcher)
    Rudolph Bottcher (Burcher)
    Rudolph Bottcher in the play "Mikado"
    Rudolf Bottcher in the play 'Mikado'
    Rudolf Bottcher in the play "Mikado"
    Rudolf Bottcher in the play "Mikado"


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