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 — born in 1880 at Doncaster, married Oscar Reinheld Rau on 28 May 1901 at the Lutheran Church at Germantown, died in 1972 aged 91 at East Geelong
Henrietta Bertha Baum — born in 1882 at Stratford, married Frank Paech, died in 1945 aged 62 at Geelong
Johann Gottfried Baum — born in 1884 at Stratford, married May Louisa Harrison in June 1909, died on 13 January 1951 aged 66 at Geelong
Minna Dora Baum — born on 7 September 1886 at Stratford, married Gottfried Heinrich Thiele on 12 October 1910 at Grovedale, died on 18 October 1948 aged 72 at Blackburn
Johann Joseph Benjamin Baum — born in 1888 at Stratford, married Dorothea Elizabeth Hartwich in 1914, died in 1947
Rubine Sophia Baum — born in 1890, married William Joshua Vanstone in 1916
Johann Alonzo Valentine Baum — born 1893 at Stratford, married Elsie Ethel Plier in 1918, died in 1971 at Waurn Ponds, buried on 17 February 1971 at Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Elvina Flora Ethel Baum — born in 1895 at Waurn Ponds, married Clarence Lugg in 1921, died in 1967 in Belmont, buried on 21 June 1967 at Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Johan Gottfred Erdmann — born in 1897 at Geelong, married Eva Hartwich in 1922, died on 21 December 1968 at Highton, buried at Highton Cemetery
Thomas Christian Rupert Baum — born 1899(1899-1992)
Flora Beatrice Baum — born in 1899 at Geelong, married Herman Alfred Schotz in 1924
Anna Allette Rosina Baum — born in1903, died on 12 June 1903 aged 5 weeks at Claremont in Waurn Ponds, Buried at Germantown Cemetery
Christian died of heart disease at the Sale railway station on 25 May 1893 at the age of 72 years. He left an estate of £2653. The following year Gottfried and Anna came to live at Claremont in Waurn Ponds. Their descendants celebrated the 130th birthday of the farmhouse at Ghazeepore Road, Waurn Ponds with two open days — 3 and 4 October 1987. Four generations of the Baum family occupied Claremont until recent subdivision of the land. A park on the subdivided land, originally named The Vineyard Reserve was named Baum Park in April, 2019.
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.
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