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Eva Sussanah SCHUPPEL (1831-1918)


Eva Sussanah Schuppel at her son George's wedding

Eva Sussanah SCHUPPEL1,2,3 [194], daughter of Georg Michael SCHUPPEL (1802-1867) [355] and Helena GOLLER (1802-1884) [356], was born on 9 September 1831 in Leimen, Baden-W├╝rttemberg in Germany.1,4 She was baptised in 1831 (approx.) at the Church of England in Leimen. She was baptised with the name Evangelishe.5 Her relationship to John is Maternal Great (x2) Grandmother. Eva was a follower of the Evangelistic faith .6

Eva married Johann Josef ARNOLD (Jnr) [146] on 1 January 1852 in Leimen.1,4,5 "John and Eva had just lost their year old baby boy and life seemed bleak and desolate in a country that was depressed and work almost impossible to find. Advertisements were appearing in the township of Leimen, near Heildelberg where they had lived all their lives, asking for agricultural workers to help build the colony of Australia. Cheap travel and good jobs were promised and there seemed to be ample opportunity to build a new life." It was under these circumstances that John and Eva decided to migrate to Australia.7

Eva migrated from Hamburg, in Germany to Sydney, NSW arriving on 17 April 1855. She travelled on the ship "Caesar" (via Twofold Bay where it stopped between 10 - 19 March 1855 - the reported dates conflict). The ship departed on 11th November 1854. She came with her husband Johann.4,8,9,10 Eva was able to read and write.6 Eva was a cook . Eva is believed to have been hired as a cook on several of the stations where Johan was employed.11 She was a shopkeeper in bombala, NSW. She appears to have had a shop and while it is not known for sure, her skills would suggest it was a bakery.12

after 1856 she and Johann Josef ARNOLD (Jnr) lived at the Bega Valley District of NSW . They arrived sometime in the mid to late 1880s. Being unable to find work in Sydney, they travelled on a coastal steamer to Eden on Twofold Bay and then travelled for thirteen days on a bullock wagon journey over the mountains through to the valley. Johan and Eva lived in the Towamba area at Woolway, Wambrook, Burnima, Cambalong and Gunningrach. (It is believed that at the time some of these were property names in the Towamba district although they may have since become districts in their own right). Johan obtained his first job as a labourer on the sheepstation Wambrook. Eva is listed as having applied for, cancelled, transferred or received a brand in the first quarter of 1889 when at Rocky Hall. They were at the Big Jack Hotel, Rocky Hall, NSW from 1892 to 1893 where Eva was a hotellier and pastry cook. The hotel had seven rooms available as well as their own accommodation. John (Johan) died in 1893 and it appears that Eva stayed on running the hotel until 1894 when it burnt down.4,6,13,14,15,16,17 Between 1889 and 1904 she was a hotel proprieter at the Big Jack Hotel in Rocky Hall, NSW. Along with her sons, Martin and Joseph, she ran the hotel. This ceased when the hotel was destroyed by fire.18 Between 1895 and 1896 she resided at the Towamba Hotel in Towamba, NSW. That was where she and her son George ran the hotel for the Martin family. In 1895 she provided the food for the Cricketer's Ball at which forty-five couples were present.4,15 In 1903 she resided in Pericoe, NSW.4 In 1903 she was a fruiterer in Pericoe.4 Between 1904 and 1912 she resided in Towamba. Sometime after she again moved to Pericoe where she remained for the rest of her life.4

she died (aged 87) on 5 October 1918 in Pericoe.5,19 She was buried on 6 October 1918 in Pericoe.5


Johann Josef ARNOLD (Jnr)1 [146] was the son of Johannes Josef ARNOLD (Snr) (1783-1862) [459] and Anna Julianna SCHLOTTHAUER (1788-1858) [460].


From the Arnold Family Newsletter : "For those who travelled to Australia in the nineteenth century, the journey was often long and dangerous. In calm weather a sailing ship might take as long as four months; a family of two adults and 3 children shared a single berth, measuring approximately 3 metres in length and two metres wide, in a cabin holding 4, 6 or 8 similar berths. Passengers took aboard their bedding and supplementary food for the journey. Each cabin shared a crude toilet and a table with benchseat for taking meals. Most of the time was spent below deck, talking with other passengers, playing games, preparing meals and sleeping."

From the diary of William Goetz, passenger on board the "Caesar" which departed Hamburg on 15 November 1854 and arrived at Twofold Bay on 19 March 1855 (the same ship on which Johann and Eva Arnold travelled).

"On arriving in Hamburg the passengers were provided with a set of rules by Captain Sturges, just a few of these rules are printed here.

Food : The passengers are divided into messes, each mess chooses a President or master, to whom will be delivered bread, sugar and butter each week; the meat is delivered to him each evening, which he has deliver to the cook. Tea, coffe, flour, potatoes, beans, etc. are delivered at once to the cook. When dinner is ready the messmaster receives same from the cook to distribute to his mess. If food is wasted, the meat ration will be withdrawn.

Cleaning : When the passengers have recovered from sea-sickness they must rise before 7am so that beds can be made and the area swept and cleaned. Women must see that the closets are cleaned.

Bedding and Eating Utensils : Each passenger has to provide his own bedding and tin utensils for eating. A tin kettle and tin dish will be supplied to each mess.

Clothing and linen : One small wooden trunk containing clothing and linen for the voyage can be taken with the passenger, marked Steerage. All other goods will be measured and stowed, freight rates apply

(Note from Lola : I remember the wooden trunk with the name "ARNOLD" on it. It was in my grandfather's bedroom at Pericoe and of course lost in the bushfire of 1939).".


The ship Caesar arrived in Australia on 29 March 1855. It was not a happy journey with large casualties during the trip (20 Adults and 88 Children) possibly from Cholera.

William GOETZ kept a diary and in this diary "As a twelve year old boy, William tells the story of his life in Germany before his parents decided to emigrate and then the journey through Germany to Hamburg and the horrific sea voyage to Australia and a little about his later life. This story has been abbreviated to give you an idea of the conditions of the time that his family endured. He writes :

'When I was about six years old, I was sent to school in Germany and turned out to be a very good scaller (scholer). My father was a stonemason and my mother did all kinds of farm work for our farm. We had a cow that we kept in a barn because of the cold weather, but it was hard to find food for her as wages were very low and taxes high.

I was about twelve years old when my father decided to emigrate to Australia as many other families in our town had decided to do. We sold our home and other goods as we needed a lot of money to pay our travel expenses. We left our home town on the 6th November 1854 in a steamboat for a three day voyage passing many villages where we stopped overnight to sleep. We arrived at Hamburg where we were to board the vessel to Australia.'

We left Hamburg on the 15th November 1854; there were 460 passengers and crew on board, far too many for the size of the ship. We had very rough weather for the first few days till we passed the English Channel. I felt very ill and sea-sick at first but I had good health afterwards.

On the voyage after we were about about a month on the sea, a great sickness broke out on our ship, said to be Cholera. Mother was very ill for 12 days and not expected to live. Some were only sick for a few hours and died; there was no less than 74 who died and some children were left orphans.

We were 130 days on the sea and arrived on the 19th March 1855 at Twofold Bay. Our vessel was the first large ship to enter that port. We left 90 passengers in Eden and then lay in Quarantine for two weeks before continuing to Sydney where we arrived on the 26th March."

Many of the immigrants who had lost wives and children filed complaints of unprofessional treatment on the part of the surgeon. The complaints were :

That the surgeon administered an emetic, then a powder in the first stage of the disease that did not stay the infection, and lstterly some drops that produced sleep from which the patient did not recover. They also complained that many children were left to die without any treatment at all, and that not enough water was given to sooth the condition of the patients.

Because of the great number of deaths that had occurred on board the "Caesar", an official inquiry was held into the conditions on board the ship and the treatment received by the passengers. Official figures from the Agent for immigration gave these details :

Embarked : 187 Adults, 185 Children

Deaths : 20 Adults, 88 Children.

Findings of the Inquiry into the "Caesar" recorded by the Colonial Secretary :

The Inquiry found that the vessel was unsuitably fitted for the transport of immigrants as the "tween Dexks" (was) a temporary structure, poorly fitted with little or no ventilation and made of thin boards capable of admitting offensive effluvia from the hold beneath, as well as allowing all the illness refuse to pass through onto water and food below as there were no water closets fitted in this area.

The Medical Officer, Dr. Middendorff explained that the disease that attacked these immigrants was of a very malignant nature and that he had done all that was possible to alleviate their suffering. The committee examined the medical diplomas of the doctor and the medicines supplied by him and agreed that as there was no cure for the condition it was not possible to do more than he had done. Dr. Middendorff explained that he felt it necessary to limit the amount of water to one pint a day as the water was possibly the cause of the condition. He also explained that many of the children's deaths were caused by the nursing mothers who had contracted the disease and passed it on to the children.

There was no objection to the amount or quality of the food taken on board but it was recommended that if further immigration vessels were allowed to transport migrants to Australia, that shipping regulations be brought up to the standard by British law.


Johann Josef ARNOLD (Jnr) and Eva Sussanah SCHUPPEL had the following children:


Johannes ARNOLD (1853-1854) [345]

Selina ARNOLD (1856-1932) [41]

Mary ARNOLD (1858?-1941) [346]

Henry ARNOLD (1860- ) [347] (known as 'Harry')

John Arnold ARNOLD (1862-1955) [348]

William ARNOLD (1865-1959) [349] (known as 'Bill')

George William ARNOLD (1867-1940) [284]

Martin ARNOLD (1869-1915) [350]

Joseph ARNOLD (1871?-1965) [351]


1{S0141} Kurt FREI, Book : "Familien in Leimen 1677 - 1900" (Published 1996). Family 0123 - Page 40. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Internet Death Search of her daughter Selina Collins gives mothers name as Susan E
3{S0130}, Researcher : WORKMAN, Lola re ARNOLD, COLLINS. Custom Id: SUB012. 23 Aug 2005 (2). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0208}, Chart : Descendant : ARNOLD, John Josef (0146) and SCHUPPEL Eva Susannah (0194). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
5{S0131}, Internet (Our Worlwide Connections) re ARNOLD, COLLINS & SCHUPPEL ( Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0603} Lola Workman, Book : "Grand People Revisited" (Published 2012). The Arrival. Cit. Date: 17 July 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
7{S0209}, Newsletter : re ARNOLD Family (Produced and Published by Lola Workman). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
This quote has been copied from the annual Arnold Family newsletter compiled by Lola Workman, Volume 13, November 2007.
8{S0199}, Internet : General. Site : Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
9{S0199}, Internet : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: "arrived in Twofold Bay, NSW on 19 March 1855 and then sailed on to Port Jackson (Sydney) arriving on 29 March 1855"
29 March 1855 arrival date quoted is probably incorrect and should be 17 April
10{S0199}, Internet : General. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "it left Hamburg on 11th Nov 1854"
11{S0603} Lola Workman, Book : "Grand People Revisited" (Published 2012). Life on Monaro. Cit. Date: 17 July 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
12{S0603} Lola Workman, Book : "Grand People Revisited" (Published 2012). Bombala The Home of Johann and Eva Arnold from 1855. Cit. Date: 17 July 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
13{S0603} Lola Workman, Book : "Grand People Revisited" (Published 2012). Children of Johann Josef and Eva. Cit. Date: 17 July 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
14{S0209}, Newsletter : re ARNOLD Family (Produced and Published by Lola Workman). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
15{S0278}, Book : "Bega Valley Pioneer Register" (Published 2002. Copyright 2002 Bega Valley Genealogy Society Inc., PO Box 19, Pambula NSW 2549). Custom Id: ISBN 0 9580406 0 5. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
16{S0567}, Stock Brands (NSW) 1889 ( Cit. Date: 10 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
17{S0208}, Chart : Descendant : ARNOLD, John Josef (0146) and SCHUPPEL Eva Susannah (0194). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Eva and John are recorded as Pastry Cook and Hotelier at Big Jack Hotel 1892 - 1894
18{S0603} Lola Workman, Book : "Grand People Revisited" (Published 2012). Family of John Joseph Arnold and Eva Susannah Schuppel - Continued. Cit. Date: 18 July 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
19{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 14780/1918 (Eden BDZM DIstrict). Noted as 88 years in Eden

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen


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Updated : 14 Mar 2016