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  • Born: 27th December 1928 at Sandleton
  • Parents:
    Meta and Bert Saegenschnitter
  • Lived:
    Sandleton, Barossa Valley, in South Australia
  • Died: 2nd December 2002 at Light Pass
  • Buried:

Detailed biography

The following biography is the work of the late Dean Saegenschnitter, who collected and compiled ‘Before and After’, a Family History of the Saegenschnitter descendants of Auguste Emilie Lydia Becker and Carl Friedrich Gustav Saegenschnitter.

Permission was given by Deans’ family to publish the biographies which he called ‘Backgrounds’.


I was born at Sandleton on 27th December 1928. I lived with my parents and brothers on the farm at Sandleton. I was christened in the nearby Lutheran Church, and this was also where the family went to Worship.

I commenced school in 1936. This was near to the Church, but unfortunately this closed in 1941, due to lack of numbers, so then I had to complete my education by correspondence lessons.


I undertook Confirmation lessons, this was given by Pastor Bartholomew at Stonefield, often riding the bike the 10 miles to attend these lessons. I was finally Confirmed on 31/10/1943 at Stonefield.


After leaving school, I with my brothers helped the parents on the farm,which consisted mainly growing wheat and with sheep. In the late 40’s I went to the Barossa for the grape harvest for 3-4 years, and later in the 50’s for a period did some grape picking.


Dad died in 1957, Mother 1964, thus Les and I continued running the farm till 1976, when I retired to live with my Sister-in-law Edna on the Nurioopta/Angaston road. I kept an interest in the farm, occasionally going to help brother Les’s son, Michael who now owned the farm.

Gordon died on 2nd December 2002.


© ‘Before and After’

by Dean Saegenschnitter