VALENTINE AND ANNIE B: The Pfingst family is one of Goondiwindi's pioneering families and descendants of Valentine and Annie Pfingst will gather together for a reunion over the long weekend,3-4 October. A good time was had by all at the reunion held in 2011, so much so, it was decided to repeat the event 4 years later! Photo: contributed
VALENTINE AND ANNIE B: The Pfingst family is one of Goondiwindi's pioneering families and descendants of Valentine and Annie Pfingst will gather together for a reunion over the long weekend,3-4 October. A good time was had by all at the reunion held in 2011, so much so, it was decided to repeat the event 4 years later! Photo: contributed contributed

Pioneering Pfingst family plans reunion

THE call has gone out for descendants of the Pfingst family to gather for a reunion in October.

The Pfingst family is one of Goondiwindi's pioneering families and descendants of Valentine and Annie Pfingst will gather together for a reunion over the long weekend October 3-4.

The family last gathered for a reunion four years ago and had such a good time it was decided to do it again.

Valentine and Annie Pfingst, together with their daughters Gertraud and Maria, left their homeland in Frankenberg, on the Eder River in Prussia, Germany, and travelled overland to Hamburg in 1862 where they boarded the La Rochelle, bound for Moreton Bay.

On embarkation the family travelled to Goondiwindi on the McIntyre River, where Valentine, a "bounty immigrant", was bonded to Mr Easton of "Billa Billa", Goondiwindi for the two years while he worked off his bond.

On February 1, 1876, Valentine's Application to Select a Homestead was approved.

That land is located on the corner of the Barwon Hwy and the Goodar Rd at Sandy Flat just minutes out of Goondiwindi.

Other old homes occupied by Pfingst family members still remain in town.

Valentine's family grew over the years that followed.

Today descendants are from Annie and Valentine's surviving nine children. Gertraud married William Cook, Maria married John Hunt, Otto married Emily Foster, Carl (Charles) married Annie Heironymus, Friedrich (Billy) married Eliza Dawson, Annie married John Rieson, Agnes married Thomas Dawson, Albert married Amy Tyrrell and Valentine Jnr married Anna Gultzow.

Descendants are scattered throughout Queensland, living in all states and territories of Australia and some are now living overseas.

Four events are planned over the long weekend, beginning with morning tea and lunch at 10 am at the historic Coronation Hotel at Toobeah on Saturday, October 3.

The Coronation Hotel at Toobeah is 114 years old and was owned and built by Albert Pfingst.

For further information on the weekend's events, and to RSVP contact Marion Lytton on 0412 272 846 or email: reunion 2015@pfingst.com.au



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