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The Rawson & Redenbach Families

Out of Gippsland

The Rawson & Redenbach Families

Published on 2 April 2015

“Some in the future may care, and some may not, for any reminiscence of their forefathers. Some only take note of the present fruit and flower of a tree and no account of the root from whence it sprung. But those who have gone before us should not be ignored or forgotten. They have left us a goodly heritage in unsullied names and respected lives.”


Emma L M Guy (nee Commins)   (More about Emma)

I have begun using Webtrees and you can have a look at this by using the Webtrees Menu Item at the left.  Richard Rawson, August 2016

To write something about your family might seem to be a simple task, but it only seems that way until you begin.  Anything that is written needs to have some sort of focal point, or points, or the task quickly becomes very difficult.

The Rawson and Redenbach families first came together when Paula Jean Redenbach and I met at Creswick in 1967, but in preparing this site the focal points are my parents, Josiah John Rawson and Elizabeth Rose Sutherland, and Paula’s parents, Raymond Frederick Redenbach and Jean Alice Wilton.

It is important to say that I cannot attest to the reliability of much of the information collected for the earlier years of the people included in this site. Perhaps no one can do that now, so take it as read that my database and photograph descriptions will have some errors.

Both families have a strong connection to Gippsland in Victoria.  The Bairnsdale region, and Tambo Upper on the Tambo River north of Swan Reach in particular, was the focus for the Redenbachs who settled to Australia in the middle of the nineteenth Century, while the goldfields of the Walhalla region were the focus for the Rawson family which arrived around the same time.

On this page you can decide to head off into the stories of the Rawson and related families, or the Redenbach families and their connections.


Richard Peter Rawson
April 2015


Photos of the first Rawsons in the Walhalla region, and the first Redenbachs in the Tambo Upper region.

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