Albert Maria von St Luz BODEN 1818-1891
Mary KIRBY 1823 - 1876
Police-constable "Pearson's Station" Casterton, S-W Victoria, Australia;
Grazier of "Ascot Heath" Dartmoor, S-W Victoria, Australia;
Gold-prospector, California, North America
1818 : birth of Albert Maria von St Luz BODEN ...
Albert Maria von St Luz BODEN appears to have been born in 1818 at Merseburg, Germany.
He is in Victoria, Australia by 1853 when he was a Chief Constable of Police at "Pearson's Station" near Casterton, S-W Victoria.
1823, 16th April : birth of Mary KIRBY ...
Mary KIRBY was born on 16th April 1823 at Blakesly, Northamptonshire, England, the first child of William KIRBY and Emma WILMER who had married in the previous year. Another 8 children were born at Blakesly, Northamptonshire, England up to 1839. In May 1840 the family arrived on board the ship "China" at Melbourne, Port Phillip, NSW after sailing from London, England in early 1840.
1840 : Mary KIRBY married Alexander McKINLAY ...
MARRIED-By Special License, on the 30th ult. at Melbourne, by the Rev. James Forbes, Alex. Mackinlay, Esq., Merchant there, to Mary, eldest daughter of William Kirby, Esq., late of Blakesly, Northamptonshire.
1848 : Alexander McKINLAY, his death ...
"Colonial Times" (Hobart) Tuesday, 13th October 1840
1853, June : Albert Von St Luz BODEN, Chief Constable at "Pearson's Station" Police Station ...
—We sincerely regret to have to report the demise of Mr Alexander MacKinlay, of the Glenelg Inn. Intelligence was brought to town on Monday last of the occurrence which brought about this, especially to his family, unhappy event. It would appear he was returning home from Mount Gambier on Friday last, and in crossing a swamp, his horse got bogged, and he was thrown into the midst of it, from which be could not extricate himself, and after which he was not seen alive. His horse with much difficulty rescued itself, and a man who was with Mr. MacKinlay, caught the animal and returned home with the sad news, without, it would seem, being able to render assistance to the deceased. The body has not been recovered, but the Coroner left, on Tuesday, for the scene of the accident, to make enquiries. Reports have subsequently reached town suggesting the painful impression of his death having been brought about by other than accidental causes ; but accounts are so very contradictory, it is impossible to reconcile them.—Portland Guardian.
"The Argus" Tuesday, 21st November 1848
In 1853 Albert Von BODEN was a police constable at Pearson's station police office (The Hummocks near Casterton, S-W Victroia) as mentioned in the letter he wrote to "The Argus" in response to a reprt about an action involving bushrangers in the area. Parts od this report are obscured in the digital copy of the page as follows...
THE POLICE. To the Editor of the Argus.
Sir-Your travelling correspondent,........... the bushrangers at Longlands, Mr. Whitaker's station, incorrectly states, that "the police....... station arrived there the following Tuesday.
I beg to observe that I immediately ....... Longlands, with Mr. Francis Whittaker, ......... the outrage on Monday morning, and left the father's residence in the afternoon of the .......
I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
ALBERT VON ST. LUZ BODEN,
Chief Constable, Police Office, Pearson's Station.
"The Argus" (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday, 13th June 1853.
The action with the bushrangers referred to above is reported in the following earlier artcle...
The travelling correspondent of the Argus has sent the following details of a startling affair at the Glenelg : — "The gentlemen whom I mentioned in a former paper, as committing outrages on the Richardson, have at length brought their expeditions to an end in this part of the country. Having had their own way at the stations of Messrs. Dwyer, Suter, and Robertson, they visited Mr. Whitaker, of Longlands, on this river, on a Sunday evening, and there performed their last exploit, at least for twenty-six years. At nine o'clock in the evening, this gentleman was sitting with his family, consisting of his eldest son and the two Misses Whitaker, when two men entered the room with pistols in their hands. One of them covered Mr. W. and desired him to stand, but he immediately, without rising from his seat, took down a fowling-piece, and presented it at his assailant. The gun, as he well knew, was not loaded ; but he snapped it at him, and during the surprise and hesitation caused by this show of resistance, Mr. James Whitaker, who had been lying on the sofa, rushed upon the man, and soon had him on the ground. While this was going on, the other robber advancing round the table to assist his companion, was met by Miss Whitaker, who seized the barrel of his pistol in her hand, and though repeatedly cautioned that she would shoot herself, held it resolutely, making no other answer than 'you shall not shoot my father.' Her sister meanwhile, had procured a rope, with which the other was speedily bound, and then Miss W. was relieved from her unequal encounter, and both villains secured. This spirited young lady then left her home alone, in the darkness of the night, to seek assistance from the neighbours, while the gentlemen remained to guard their prisoners. Mistaking the horses of the men, which she encountered in the bush, for other bushrangers, she made a circuit of two miles to escape them, but at length succeeded in obtaining the help required, when Mr. James Whitaker started off to Pearson's, a distance of nearly forty miles, to fetch the police. They arrived on the Tuesday following, and, to cut a long story short, the men were conveyed to Portland, where they pleaded guilty to three charges, and were sentenced each to twenty-six years' hard labour on the roads. The wall of the room in which the encounter happened bears plain marks of the fray, being bespattered with the blood of one of the assailants, who was hammered pretty severely about the head by Mr. Whitaker with the butt end of a pistol before he gave in."
The idea that the outlaws had probably performed their last exploit seems to have been an unfortunate delusion, for they made their escape from durance at Warrnambool.
"South Australian Register" (Adelaide, SA) Monday, 6th June 1853.
1853, Sep : Albert Maria von St Luz BODEN 1818-1891 m. Sep 1853 at Casterton, S-W Victoria to Mary McKINLAY, widow, nee KIRBY
Albert Maria von St Luz BODEN & Mary KIRBY had the following children ...
- Johanna Frederika von BODEN, b. 1854, "Greenwald" station, S-W Victoria, d. 1937, Oakland, California, USA, m. 1876, California, USA to Joshua Everett CORWIN 1843-1932.
- Bernhard Hans Bruno von BODEN, b. 1856, "Ascott Heath" station, near Dartmoor, S-W Victoria, d. 1936, California, USA, m. 1878 in California, USA to Evaline LANE
- Alberthe von BODEN, b. 1859, Coanyenne Parish, near Dartmoor, S-W Victoria, d. 1936, California, USA
- Albert Wilmer von BODEN, b. 1861, Coanyenne Parish, near Dartmoor, S-W Victoria, d. 1937, California, USA
- Paule Edward ludwig Ferdiand von BODEN, b. 1863, Coanyenne Parish, near Dartmoor, S-W Victoria, d. 1929, USA
- Mary Emma Charlotte Emma von BODEN, b. 1866, Portland, S-W Victoria, d. 1947, USA, m. 1885, California, USA to George S. OLIVE
1866, August 4th : Mr & Mrs von BODEN & family arrived at Hobson's Bay (Melbourne) from Portland, S-W Victoria per "Western"
Was this the von BODEN family leaving S-W Victoria on their journey to California, North America where they have been located in the 1870s ?