Julius Bohlmann (1857-1933)

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Julius Bohlmann
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Julius Bohlmann
Born22 July 1857
North Adelaide
Died29 Oct 1933
Torrensville, South Australia
Resting placeCheltenham Cemetery, Cheltenham
NationalityBritish Subject
OccupationCustoms and excise agent
Spouse(s)Eleanor Jane Presgrave (married 6 November 1883, North Adelaide)


Julius Bohlmann was born in Kermode Street, North Adelaide, in his parent's house, on the 22nd of July 1857 and baptised by Pastor Andreas Kappler in the same house in October. Julius's father, Johann, was a tinsmith and sheet metal worker from Bremen with his own workshop, situated at their Kermode Street residence, while his mother was Johann's second wife, Catherine Seekamp/Seecamp from Baden bei Achim, south east from Bremen, along the Weser River.

While Julius was baptised with Lutheran rites, his family soon became members of the Christ Church Church of England congregation, just a few hundred metres across Palmer Place, and Julius was educated as George William Moore's school on Jeffcott street, just across from the church.

By the age of 18, Julius was working for P. Falk & Co, general merchants of Birmingham, Melbourne and Adelaide, in Gawler Place, for whom he also played on the employee's cricket team.[1] By 1882, Julius had joined the SA Government Customs Department, being appointed boarding officer, sixth class in April 1882 and an assistant landing waiter, sixth class in December 1882.[2]


As well as participating in inter-company cricket matches, Bohlmann was a keen and talented Australian Rules football player, playing for one of the founding teams of the SA Football Association, the oddly named "The Victorians", then Semaphore and Prospect. 'The Victorians' were based at Montefiore Hill, just a few minutes from the Bohlmann fresidence in Kermode Street, and changed their name to North Adelaide in their final year (1884). before disbanding. While with the Victorians, Bohlmann travelled with the first South Australian football team to visit the colony of Victoria, playing Melbourne in 1878.[3]


Residences in the City

Dates Place Current Address Co-ordinates
1857 - c1880 Kermode Street, North Adelaide (Acre 724) 152-154 Kermode Street -34.91114, 138.595408

Work in the City

Dates Place Current Address Co-ordinates


Falk and Co, Gawler Place Gawler Place TBD

Published Obituary


  1. "FALK & Co.'s EMPLOYEES V. KING & Co.'s". South Australian Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. 21 January 1875.
  2. Chief Secretary's Office, South Australian Government Gazette, No 50, 7 December 1882, 4039, p. 4039.
  3. Peter Pindar (24 August 1878). "Football Gossip". The Australasian. Melbourne, Victoria.

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