Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea5 (Sophia) Gerdtz (Johann Joachim Christian6) was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany in 1831.(298) Sophia died on June 5, 1914 in Pierrepoint, Hochkirch, Victoria, Australia at 82 years of age.(299) She was buried on June 7, 1914 in the Old Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.(300)

She married twice. First she married Robert Thomson at Lyne Station in Western District, Victoria, Australia on November 23, 1852.(301) Robert was born in 1821 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Robert(302) was the son of William Thomson and Grizel Cow. Robert died circa 1867. Occupation: Farmer. She then reputedly married Cavendish Lewis Neville in Portland, Victoria, Australia. Cavendish was born circa 1829 in England.(303) Cavendish(304) was the son of Sandford Nevill. Cavendish died on July 24, 1874 in Portland, Victoria, Australia at 45 years of age.(305) He was buried in Portland South, Victoria, Australia.(306) Cavendish had immigrated to Australia circa 1851.(307) Occupation: Storekeeper.

Sophia immigrated to Australia on board the Sophie arriving on August 23, 1850.(308) Sophia resided in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.(309) An obituary for Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea Gerdtz appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on Saturday June 4, 1914 in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.

DEATH OF A DISTRICT PIONEER

A very old and respected resident of the Hamilton district in Mrs Sophia Neville, relict of the late C. Neville, passed away yesterday at the residence of her son, Mr Robert Thomson, of Pierrepoint. The deceased lady, who was 83 years of age, and who until a month ago had never known sickness, was a Miss Gerdtz, the daughter of one of the pioneers of the district. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, she arrived in Melbourne over 60 years ago, when there were but a few habitations in the capital, and when the family came to Hamilton there were only two houses where the town now stands. She and her first husband, Mr Robert Thomson, arrived under engagement to Captain Carr of Lyne station, and subsequently they were at Bochara and Park Hill, the last named property at one time being owned by Mr Thomson and his brothers. She was widowed about fifty years ago, and some time later she married Mr C. Neville, who also predeceased her many years ago. For the past nine years she has resided at Pierrepoint with her second son, and it was there that she ended a long life of usefulness. By her first marriage she leaves a daughter and three sons - Mrs Garton, of Woohlpooer; James, of Western Australia; Robert of Pierrepoint; and Alexander, of Woohlpooer. The only survivor of the second family is the Rev. C. Neville, Presbyterian minister, of North Fitzroy. Messrs. Fred Gerdtz, of Murtoa and John Gerdtz of Minyip, are brothers. The funeral will take place on Sunday, moving from Mr Thomson's residence, Pierrepoint, at 2.30 o'clock for the Hamilton cemetery.

Caroline Christina Sophia Dorothea Gerdtz and Cavendish Lewis Neville had the following children:
Charles4 Neville was born in Branxholme, Victoria, Australia in 1872.(310) Occupation: Presbyterian Minister. Charles Neville resided in Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia.
Catherine Neville was born in Portland, Victoria, Australia in 1874.(311) Catherine died in 1880 at 6 years of age.(312)

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