Beeck Family



The family of August and Christiana Beeck left the German/Polish town of Posan, in 1847 to accompany their Lutheran pastor and his whole congregation to move to South Australia to escape religious persecution.
The Prussian Government of the day had introduced compulsory allegiance to the State Church.
The faithful Lutheran congregation believed in freedom of worship and to follow this ideal, they fled their country of birth for a new beginning in the young colony of Australia.
They settled in South Australia around Lobethal with their family of five boys, having brought two of them out on the ship “The Gellert”.

The name GELLERT is just visible on the top pennant of the large ship on the left of the picture.<b/r>Click for larger picture.

After marrying Maria Hermine Borman, August and Christiana’s son, Emil Robert Beeck tried different types of employment, from working in the lime works as a young man, to farming the land. He moved often and some of his growing family of twelve took up farming in the district.
Following drought and economic hardship, a number of farmers came across to Western Australia to see if the land was any more reliable for farming.
They travelled up into the Great Southern area and found the town of Katanning with its own flour mill. The land appeared to be fertile so Emil sent back to South Australia for his family to sell up their farms and move west.
In February 1892 Emil’s wife Hermine and eleven of their twelve children and their families sailed into the port of Albany on the ‘South Australia.’
A special train was needed to bring all the family, their belongings, food, machinery and livestock to settle in the Katanning district.
The original farm was known as Capemont, from which the family spread, most members taking up land in the immediate district.
Summerfield, Orange Grove, Garden Valley, and Raspberry Hill were some or the other original farms to be established in the area.
The family have spread throughout the district; some are still farming, while others have spread throughout the land and around the world.
Since settling in Katanning three amazing family reunions have been held. The first in 1952; the second in 1992 and the most recent in 2012.
The Beeck family was one of the pioneering families in the district and played an important part in the development of Katanning and surrounding areas including community and civic activities.
‘They loved God, their family and the land’

Emil Robert Benjamin Beeck, 1871 – 1942

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Maria Hermine (nee Borman) and Robert Emil Beeck

Emil Robert Benjamin Beeck was born on October 12 1871, in Monarto, South Australia, to Emile Robert Beeck and Maria Hermine Beeck (born Borman).
Emil had nine siblings: Gustav Adolph Beeck, Anna Christianna Prosser (born Beeck), Emma Lydia Beeck, Henry Otto Beeck, Hermine Sophie Pym (born Beeck), John Albert Beeck, Maria Otilia Wobse (born Beeck), Paul August Beeck and Fredrich Wilhelm Beeck.
Emil married Caroline Sarah Annie Beeck (born Laidlaw) on April 23 1896, at age 24 in Katanning, Western Australia.
They had five children: Eric Harold Beeck, Christina May Archer (born Beeck), Florence Annie Beeck, Stanley Theodore Beeck and Violet Maude Beeck.
Emil passed away on November 15 1942, at age 71 in Bayswater, Western Australia and was buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth.

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Back: Emma, Paul, Moritz, Emil Junior, Carl (Charlie), and Anna
Centre: Otilie (Tillie), Frederick (Bill), Gustav (Gus), and Sophie
Front: Johannis (John), and Heinrich (Henry)


The West Australian (Perth, WA)
Tue 28 Feb 1899
Page 3


On Thursday, February 23, Mr. E. R. Beeck, of Capemont Farm, Katanning, held a decidedly successful show in the local Agricultural Hall, himself being the only exhibitor.
The Show was to have been opened by the Commissioner of Railways, but Mr. Piesse was unable to attend, so Mr. Adam, R.M., acted in his place.
Mr. Beeck came from South Australia seven years ago, took up land four miles from Katanning townsite, and, with several of his sons, commenced operations, the result being a farm and garden of which any man might be proud.
The land where the garden is situated is considered to be second class, one portion being very sandy.
After seeing the show, one is inclined to ask what will first-class land produce?
Mr. Beeck endeavoured to arouse interest and get a general show, but failed.
Not to be beaten, he determined to have one of his own, which caused much comment and even adverse criticism, by the envious and jealous.
The large attendance, however, showed that curiosity overcame prejudice and that the prejudiced were far the minority.
It is to be hoped that this plucky and successful effort will be the foundation of an annual show at Katanning.
The quality and quantity of the exhibits, of which there were over 80, caused, surprise and delight and should give hope and encouragement to all who are settling in the district.
Mr. H. S. Ranford, Government land agent, who was unfortunately away on business, lost an advertisement that his able pen could have used to great advantage in fixing new-comers on the land.
The following were among the exhibits: –
Apples: Rhymer, Strawberry Pippin, Graumstein, Lord Lennox, Prince Alfred, Bismark, Rome Beauty, Five-crown Pippin, Cleopatra, Scarlet Permain, Steward’s Seedling, Lord Nelson, Gladstone, Golden Reinette, Irish Crab; splendid samples, perfectly formed and clean.
Pears: Those shown were few, but good. Peaches: Elberta, splendid specimens. Plums: German Freestone, Green Gage, Coloured (late), Magnum Bonum, Japanese, American Diamond, American Damson. Grapes: Lady’s Finger (two varieties), Early Shepherd, Mataro, Muscatel, Black Prince, Sweet Water, Mallie. To see and taste these latter exhibits was to praise. One bunch of grapes weighed 31/2lb. Water Melons. Two totalled 57 lb. Pie Melons: Three weighed 90lb. Tomatoes: A variety of these were shown, also an exhibit of tomato sauce. Onions and potatoes were exceptionally fine. Beans, peas, cabbage, pickles (variety), chaff (oaten and wheaten), prairie grass seed, barley, wheat, linseed and sorghum (green) were also included among the exhibits, and refreshments were provided in the shape of tea, cakes (German and English), hop beer, melons and grapes. During the evening a promenade concert, contributed to by local talent, gave the ear as well as the eye and taste something to engage its attention.


The West Australian (Perth, WA)
Sat 17 May 1952
Page 7


Fri.-Two hundred descendants of Mr. E. R. Beeck gathered at Katanning yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the landing of the Beeck family in Western Australia.
Mr. Beeck and his family of eight sons and three daughters sold up their holdings in South Australia and Victoria in 1892 and migrated to Western Australia.
Landing at Albany, the family came to Katanning and selected land.
The original farm was known as Capemont, from which the family spread, most members taking up land in the immediate district.
From the original family there are 450 descendants, not counting in-laws.
Descendants who gathered for the family reunion came from all parts of Western Australia and from the Eastern States including Queensland.
The reunion began yesterday when over 100 members of the family assembled at the original farm holding, now owned by a granddaughter and her husband.
A memorial service was held, and a sports afternoon conducted for the children.
In the evening a high tea was held in the Katanning Town Hall where 200 descendants of the family paid tribute to past generations.
Speakers eulogised the considerable part that the Beeck family, one of pioneering families in the district, had played in the development of Katanning and surrounding areas, and the part it had taken in community and civic activities.
The principal toast of the evening to E. R. Beeck, his wife, sons and daughters, was proposed by Mr. F. M. Bowden.
Mr. John Beeck, of Gnowangerup, the sole surviving member of the original family to migrate from South Australia, responded.




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