The Herbig Family Tree

Geni29

Magill, Australia

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The Herbig Family Tree is a large, hollow red gum tree at Springton located adjacent to the road from Springton to Mount Pleasant, approximately sixty kilometres from Adelaide. It is estimated to be 300 to 500 years old with a diameter of seven metres at its base and a height of twenty-four metres. A small stream runs nearby.

The tree was the first Australian home of twenty seven year old Friedreich Herbig who was of German origin and arrived in South Australia from Gruenberg, Silesia, Prussia in 1855. Although a tailor by trade he first worked at a nearby dairy owned by George Fife Angas. In 1858 he married eighteen year old Caroline Rattey and took her to live in the tree home. The first two of their sixteen children were born there. In 1860 he built a two roomed pine and pug hut nearby, and as his family increased, built a stone cottage adjacent to the hut.

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