Areas of Interest Guide: Christina Sailer

This is grave number 3B-114. These ‘areas of interest’ are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.

Christina Sailer
The Sailer grave.

Christina Sailer is one of many German immigrants who were interred within the South Brisbane Cemetery. The Sailer family owned Wurtemburg Farm at Rocklea, which in the mid-to-late 19th century was part of the rural ‘Boggo’ district that extended from Fairfield to Oxley.

Numerous German immigrants settled in the small farms in this area from the 1860s onwards. Among these were Gottfried Friedrich Sailer (1821-84), his wife Christina Friedericke (1826-1903) and their several children. Gottfried and Christina were originally from Grossbottwar, Württemberg, and married in 1857. They emigrated to Queensland in 1861.

Christina Sailer
Wurtemburg Farm. (SLQ)
Several of their children and grandchildren are also buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery. Most of the children in the family married within the local German community, and the local family tree is replete with such surnames as Wriede, Shreiwers, Schepp, Schmalz and Nuhn.
The 1901 Commonwealth Census shows that 38,352 Australians had been born in Germany, and that Queensland was home to the highest number of those people (13,163).

Nearby ‘Areas of Interest’

David Gillies (Gallipoli hero) – Portion 3A
Thomas and Williamina Mowbray (early East Brisbane) – Portion 3B
Digby Denham (Queensland Premier) – Portion 3B
Minna Rowe (businesswoman) – Portion 3B
Robert Shipp (cemetery sexton) – Portion 3B
James Brunton Stephens (poet) – Portion 2A
Selina Brown (drowning victim) – Portion 2F