Amalia Retschlag (1871-1903)
Line of Descent to Peter Byrnes:
|Father||Christian RETCHSLAG (b. 1836 in East Prussia)|
|Mother||Emilie Christina LEIDER (b.1836, Germany)|
|Birth||Oct 5 1871 in Walloon (now Haigslea), Qld|
|Sep 15 1903 (age 31)|
Wlliam Henry DANCE
1888 in Lutheran church, Walloon, near Marburg, Queensland)
Mary Amelie DANCE (Dec 21 1888-Apr 2, 1889)
William Frederich DANCE (Feb 2 1890-Feb 11
Bessie Emilie DANCE (Jan 4 1893-1967)
Archie George DANCE (Feb 14 1895-1959)
Charles Henry DANCE (May 3 1896-Sep 8 1954)
Edwin Evan DANCE (Aug 23 1897-Jan 19 1969)
Elsie Violet DANCE (Aug 19 1898-Sep 25 1997)
Francis Herbert DANCE (Oct 5 1899-Oc5 25,
Leslie Clarence DANCE (Jan 12 1901-Mar 12
Ronald Blandford DANCE (Mar 2 1902-Mar 20
Robert Roy DANCE (Aug 13 1903-Jun 16 1904)
(or Amelia, as it was often spelt) was born 1871 in the Haigslea area,
near Marburg, in southern Queensland.
As the eldest daughter of German immigrants, Christian and Emilie
Retschlag, her life would have been the typical one of a farmer's daughter
at the time.
In 1888, when she was 16, Amalia married a 21-year-old Englishman, William Dance in a ceremony in the Walloon Lutheran church. William had arrived in Queensland with his brother in 1885, and was working in the abattoir on the Retschlag property at Kirchheim (now Haigslea, just east of Marburg), when he met the teenage Amalia.
Amalia on her wedding day in 1888
(Photo courtesy: Neville Eveans)
The young couple set up a dairy
farm on 100 acres on Retschlag Road alongside Amalia’s parents, where
she gave birth to 12 children (in 15 years!).
Her daughter Lily said her mother had a very hard life, dying at the young age of 31, one month after the birth of her son Robert. Her death left William with 10 children to raise, the eldest only 13.
Amalia’s grave on a
hilltop in the Anglican cemetery at Marburg.
Robert, her 10 month old infant son, who died some months after his
mother, is buried with her .
 Neville Eveans, Retschlag Descendants in Australia; cemetery records of Marburg C of E cemetery, Row 6, grave 1
 also spelt Amelia
This church no longer exists, having been demolished in the early years of
the 20th century.
 Recollections of Emily's grandson, Peter Byrnes.