MALCOLM and Hazel Ford present president of the Clarence River Historical Society, Frank Mack, left, with a copy of the Wunderl
MALCOLM and Hazel Ford present president of the Clarence River Historical Society, Frank Mack, left, with a copy of the Wunderl

Wunderlichs go back 150 years

By ADRIAN MILLER

MORE than 100 descendants of the Wunderlich family at the weekend celebrated the 150th anniversary of their ancestors' arrival in Grafton.

They also launched a family history book.

While the surnames were many and varied and with many people meeting for the first time, the connection to the Wunderlichs ensured a good time.

Organiser Hazel Ford, who along with her husband, Malcolm, compiled the book, said the reunion was enjoyable.

"It was a really good weekend," she said.

"One of the most pleasing things was people meeting each other for the first time.

"We had first cousins who had never met before and other first cousins who hadn't seen each other in 60-odd years ? plus two girls from Maclean, who are friends but didn't know they were related, so that was really exciting."

Mrs Ford said the book was well received by the family, with nearly all the pre-ordered copies already snapped up.

The family also donated a copy to the Clarence River Historical Society.

"Everyone was just rapt in the book ? people said they've never held so much family history in their hands before," Mrs Ford said.

The Wunderlich dynasty began with Johannes Wunderlich, Malcolm Ford's great-great grandfa- ther, who migrated with his two sons George and Charles, his mistress Johanetta Weber and her daughter Carolina, from Offenbach, Germany. They arrived in Grafton on April 1, 1856.



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