Thomas Christian and Anna Elisabeth (née Teitz) Baum arrived in Melbourne on 5 October, 1854 on the Malvina Vidal. They leased 85 acres from Sir James Henty in Whites Road. Their first son John Gottfried Erdmann Baum was born in 1856 at Mount Duneed. Christian and son Gottfried ran a bluestone quarry until 1876
. Gottfried married Anna Christina, the daughter of Karl Heinrich and Johanna Caroline (née Aumann) Finger, who was born on 5 September 1857 at Hawthorn, Victoria. After the quarry closed the family moved to Gippsland where Christian selected land at Stratford where he established a fruit growing and dairy farm. Christian died at the Sale railway station on 25 May 1893. Anna died on 11 July 1888 as a result of diabetes from which she had suffered for 2½ years.
Gottfried and Anna's children were:
Anna Christine Elizabeth Baum (1880- )
Henrietta Bertha Baum (1882-1945)
Johann Gottfried Baum (1884-1951)
Minna Dora Baum (1886-1948)
Johann Joseph Benjamin Baum (1888-1947)
Rubine Sophia Baum (1890- )
Johann Alonzo Valentine Baum (1893-1971)
Alvina Flora Ethel Baum (1895-1967)
Johan Gottfred Erdmann (1897-1968)
Thomas Christian Rupert Baum (1899-1992)
Flora Beatrice Baum (1899- )
Anna Allette Rosina Baum (1903-1903)
Gottfried died suddenly on 24 November 1914 while fishing on Corio Bay with a friend and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. A finding of "fatty degeneration of the heart muscle" was found to be the cause of death. He left an estate valued at £9667/10/1. The couple were now living in Myers Street, Geelong although they still owned the Claremont farm of 336 acres. Anna died on 29 March 1927 and was buried with him.