Family of Eliza Evans and Francis Daniel Hodge
Marian was the 4th child born to Francis & Eliza. Marian was born on the 21st November, 1872, at Mount Pleasant, South Australia. On the 29th March, 1902 at Koonunga, her mother's residence, Marian married Wilhelm August Feuerheerdt (son of Friedrich & Henrietta). The wedding was celebrated by Rev Dr James Jefferis of the Brougham Place Congregational Church.
Marian Isabella Feuerheerd
They had two sons.
After the birth of their first son, Wilhelm and Marian moved to a property in Queensland. Their second son, was born in Maryborough in Queensland.
- Evan Feuerheerd. Evan was born in 1903 in Medindie SA, but moved to Queensland when young. He served in the Australian Army, stating his birthdate as 1901. He was a fisherman/builder, and married Hilda Jackson in Queensland. Evan and Hilda had two children.
- Jeffery Feuerheerd. Jeffery was born in 1904 in Maryborough Qld, and was educated at Coalstoun Lakes and Ipswich Grammar Schools. He took over management of the family property, "Taralla", when his parents retired. In 1933 he married Valerian Ellen Fletcher and they had three children. Jeff died 16th September 1990. The following obituary appeared in the Central and North Burnett Times:
Gayndah's 'mailman' dies
Mr Jeff Feuerheedt was born in Maryborough on October 14, 1904.
He lived at Didcot and was educated at Coalstoun Lakes and Ipswitch Grammar School.
When his parents retired, Mr Feuerheedt managed the fammily property, "Taralla" and in 1933 married Val Fletcher. The couple had three children -- Wendy, Wayne, and Jill -- five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The family can not recall ever having an argument with their father. His friends and acquaintances have similar memories of Jeff, - the fisherman, the football fan and the country mailman. His closest friends probably remember him for his close companionship on fishing trips to Fraser Island and on camping holidays.
They remember his enthusiasm for rugby league and his support for the Gayndah clubs. As far back as the 1940's Jeff's car was always available to carry club officials and players to games.
Mr Feuerheedt had a keen business mind and was one of a syndicate that helped Gayndah finance the building of the Golden Orange when the Old Royal Hotel was destroyed by fire.
Mr and Mrs Feuerheedt lived at Urangan for seven years before moving to Gayndah in 1951. Here Mr Feuerheedt created the legend of 'the mailmman'.
He purchased a mail contracting business and added others until his run covered most of the Gayndah Shire. He wasn't to be just anyone - he was 'the mailman' who not only brought the mail but also did odd jobs for his customers like picking up a reel of cotton, the bread and meat or collected the dip.
One of Jeff's proudest moments was his retirement party hosted by the Apel family at "Mimosa" when the country people of his mail runs gathered to thank him for his help.