LOOKING BACK: In the middle is Ferdiand Seng with wife Agnes and son Vincent and two workers at the Blacksmith shop at the turn of the century.
LOOKING BACK: In the middle is Ferdiand Seng with wife Agnes and son Vincent and two workers at the Blacksmith shop at the turn of the century. Katherine Morris

Seng family to reunite at Easter time

FIVE brothers from Germany settled in the South Burnett 120 years ago.

Now more than a century after they arrived, their descendants are having a family reunion at the Nanango showgrounds on Easter Saturday.

The five Seng brothers - Ferdinand, Johann, Franz, Gregor and Heronymus - came from Germany as free settlers by ship to start a new life for themselves in the South Burnett region.

Heronymus was a tailor in Nanango, and Ferdinand was a blacksmith and wheelwright and had a shop at Goodger.

His policy was "if we don't have it and can't buy it, we'll make it”.

A wheelwright was a person who built or repaired wooden wheels for carts and wagons.

Gregor, Johann and Franz were farmers and winemakers in the South Burnett.

Descendant Beryl Hoskins said it was believed their home in Germany was still standing.

All descendants of the five brothers, their partners and families are invited and asked to bring any photos of interest.

The reunion starts at 10am. Phone Beryl Hoskins on 41623609.

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