Hello everyone!

I'm doing research on my great grandfather who came to Australia with his brother 'round 1870 during/after the Prussian wars.

I'd like to know where to strart to find ship manifests from 1865 to 1880.

All help will be appreciated.


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Hi Roy,

There is no easy answer for these older immigrations without knowing more details. Do you want to share your ancestor's (including the brother's) details e.g. name, (approx) birth year, place of birth and/or last residence etc and where they first resided in Australia?


Many thanks Sylvia for your interest.

The surname is Sprenger (spelt with an "e").

My grandfather's first names were August Rudolph, died 12/03/1966 in Brisbane,

possibly born 13/05/1888.

Mother Friedericka Louise Feldham
Father: Gottfried Sprenger

From my current research he probably had several brothers in fact and at least one sister.

They came to Australia between 1866 and 1875 from Germany near the eastern border.

I found a Gottfried born in 1867 in Q'ld so could be the first brother.

I think they all lived in Q'ld.

Thanks again. Any tips would be welcome.


Hi Roy,

Neither the Queensland Archives nor the NAA seem to have their arrival passenger list … Most likely it has gone missing or was damaged at some stage.

However, I can give you their departure passenger list that would have had more info anyway:

Gottfried SPRENGER, a “landmann” (farmer) departs Hamburg on 22 Oct 1864. His ship is the “Beausite” and its destination is Moreton Bay.
With him are 2 females, Frederike and baby Justine. Previously Gottfried had resided in Güstow, Preußen.
Image: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSZ1-JN9H?i=337 (bottom right)
(If you haven’t done so yet, it is free to sign up to Family Search … FYI Pay site Ancestry has this passenger list too, but the FS version is much better)
Their Queensland arrival occurred on 6 Feb 1865. There are various stories re the Beausite in the newspapers e.g. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/75512946?searchTerm=Beau...
Note: In March 1866 the couple will have a daughter in Queensland, so this passenger list fits quite nicely.

FYI there seem to have been 2 options for Güstow , Preußen:
#1 - Güstow, Randow, Stettin, Pommern, Preußen (currently “Ustowo” in Zachodnio-Pomorskie, Poland)
#2 - Güstow, Prenzlau, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preußen

But fortunately there is a Lutheran baptism for Justine. It confirms that it is the #2 Güstow that is currently still located in Germany:
Deutschland, Preußen, Brandenburg und Posen, Kirchenbuchduplikate, 1794-1874
Name: Wilhelmine Ernestine Justine Sprenger
Sex: Female
Christening Date: 31 May 1863
Christening Place (Original): Güstow, Brandenburg, Preußen, Germany
Religion: Evangelische
Father's Name: Gottfried Sprenger
Mother's Name: Friederike Luise Feldhahn
Image: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DCNW-41Z?i=21
Also, their 1863 marriage: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQ96-F8F   

And something weird:
A Feb 1866 baptism of a daughter Auguste Wilhelmine Maria Friederike SPRENGER in Güstow: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQ96-VZR … (A bit strange because in March 1866 daughter Friederica Louisa’s birth was being registered in Queensland). I wonder whether this could be Auguste’s 1866 death, but with a different father?: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JQ96-LWB



Now I have to trace his brother who came also to Australia.

I'll check his details first.


This one?

6 Sep 1865 (7 months after Gottfried’s arrival) - arrival of the Susanne Godeffroy with the following Sprenger family:
Johann 40y
Wilhelmine 36y
Auguste 14y
Christian 10y
Ernestine 12y
PDF: https://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/api/download_file/DR39296  (second image = page #63)
Departure from Hannover: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSG9-JWXT?i=125 (#209-213)
Occupation: I believe that it says “maurer” i.e. a mason or a bricklayer.
Residence: Blankenburg - Unfortunately there are a few places with that name! It seems that Gottfried might have been baptized in Lützlow, Angermünde, Brandenburg (see: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J48B-FRV) and one of the Blankenburgs was located in  Angermünde, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preussen.

Many thanks once again,Sylvia

I've discovered so much already, must put some order in all this information.



Many, many thanks for all these details, Sylvia.
I'll take some time to digest all this.
Kind regards,



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