Alfred Gustav and Mette Kirstine Alfredsen were both born on the island of Moen, part of Denmark. They began their family with a girl, Emma Christina, and married in 1880 before a son, Thorvald Peter, was born. Alfred Gustav was the youngest of six children and was born a few months after his father died at the age of only 34 years. It must obviously have been a big decision to emigrate to Australia when he was just 22 years old.
Alfred Gustav and Mette Kirstine arrived in Brisbane on 17 February 1882, and, it seems, anglicised their name to Alfredson to fit in with their new country. Within a year, Alfred Gustav found work with Queensland Railways as variously a labourer, lengthsman and ganger for more than 24 years, initially on the construction of the railway line to Roma. Mette Kirstine was appointed the railway Gate Keeper and Post Mistress at the new station of Geebong in 1888(renamed Geebung in 1896) and the family moved to the station house in 1889. This was the beginning of the connection of the Alfredson family and its descendants to the Geebung-Zillmere area. In the 1900s, Alfred Gustav began to develop a poultry farm in Newman Road and he and Mette Kirstine left the employment of Queensland railways in 1907.
They had seven more children in Queensland, of whom one (Ada Cecelia) died as an infant. Their five sons, Thorvald Peter, Jacob William, Edwin, Alfred George and Norman Walter Gustav, and three surviving daughters, Emma Christina, Sarah Margaret and Mary Elizabeth, all married and many of their descendants continue to live within 5kms of this part of Brisbane. It is indeed interesting to note that all the Alfredsons in Australia are the descendants of this one family from Denmark.
The book from which this extract has been taken, The First Australian Alfredson Family, is available from Peter Alfredson for $20 and includes postage and packaging.
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