The Rawson & Redenbach Families

The Rawson, Redenbach & connected families that arise from settlement in Gippsland in the mid 1800's

“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) (b 1862)

Other Family of George Rawson (b 1842) & Mary Hercliff (b 1837)

Of their eleven children three, Mary, Francis and William died at very young ages, and were buried, as far as we know on the farm. Frederick (b 1879), the last born, was killed in Belgium in October 1917 while serving in the AIF.

Henry, the first born, in 1862, married Henrietta Horrocks in 1884, and of their six children only one, Constance Emily, reached adulthood.

"He was the last manager of the Long Tunnel Extended Mine at Walhalla. Before this he was the underground manager. After the death of Henriett's mother in childbirth in 1882, her younger sister, Violet Horrocks, came to live with the family, and she was often called Violet Rawson at school." (Source - Belinda Simpson).

Records from Trove indicate he became the acting manager on 12 June 1905, and presumably he had the job permanently some time after. After Walhalla, Henry and family moved to Lardner, just south of Warragul, to farm, as his obituary shows.

Richard, the second child was born in 1864 and married Mary Ann Barrett (b abt 1867).

Margaret, the third child, married John Thomas Nelson in 1887 and they had a large family. I have quite a bit of information on the Nelson family connection, and this chart shows the descendants of John Nelson (b 1863).

George Rawson, the fourth child, married Annie Claxton in Walhalla on 14 February 1892. Annie's parents were Charles Ellis Claxton, a miner born in 1837 in Norwich, England, and Catherine Cummins born about 1847 in Tarraville, South Gippsland. Charles and Catherine were married on 4 September 1866 in Rosedale, Gippsland, and had two children, John and Charles, before Annie was born.

The first child of George and Annie was Leo Augustus Rawson born on 4 August 1892 in Walhalla. Leo joined the AIF in June 1916, and his Service Record shows he was then a grocer living at 15 Young Street, Fitzroy, Victoria and his father (and other family?) were living at 122 Franklin Street, Adelaide. He went overseas in October 1916 and was in the 17th Field Artillery Battery. He came home in February 1920.

George and Annie also lost a child in a house fire at Toombon. The Maffra Spectator reported on the incident on 13 October 1902. To the best of my knowledge the child killed was George Victor Rawson (b 1901). On the web I found reference to many other children of George and Annie, most of whom, it seemed, died at a very early age.

Robert, the fifth child, married Ellen Smith.

Annie, the eighth child, married Hermann Gloz in 1894, and this article will give you some insight into the difficulties Hermann, as a German immigrant, faced during WW1.

The tenth child, Charles, was born in 1876 and he married Violet Horrocks in 1902. They had five children. Joseph Horrocks (b 1830) was Violet's father. One of their children, Jessie Valda May Rawson, married Fredrick Peter Gregory in 1933.

The family had a hut in the Baw Baw area and believed to be in Mustering Flat, which is confirmed by the information obtained from this source and summarised below.

"Located at Mustering Flat, Mt Baw Baw. Also known as Jans Hut. This hut may be confused with Hec Staggs hut also. The Rawson family owned this lease until 1913, after which Fred & "Curly Jans took it over. Hec Stagg took up this and a larger lease after that. George Rawson built the first hut for grazing following his purchase of the lease in 1874, well before other huts were built to support skiing. The second hut was built before 1907. His son Charlie took over, and his grandson, Harry Jnr visited indicated that the first hut was demolished by a storm in 1938."


Charles Rawson & Violet Horrocks
About 1916


Fredrick Peter Gregory & Jessie Valda May Rawson
Wedding day - July 1933



Charles and Harry Rawson at the Rawson Hut in Mustering Flat, Mt Baw Baw.
Harry is drinking, Charles is eating.
About 1904