Cranz August Georg

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Fast Facts
Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1844
Place of birth Bremen, Prussia
Principal occupation Musician
Date of death 1882

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August Georg Cranz was born in Bremen, Prussia, in 1844 to August Friedrich Cranz and Mathilde Christiane Hogrefe. In 1849, when he was five, he left Prussia with his parents and two sisters. His parents, who were looking for a more democratic way of life in South Australia after the 1848 revolutions in Europe, were musicians, and soon after arriving in South Australia, his father opened a music shop on the corner of Rundle Street and East Terrace, Adelaide. He soon established a German choir, the Deutsche Leidertafel, and played at concerts, often with his wife.

On 7 March August Georg Cranz died at his home, after a brief illness of acute bronchitis, and inflammation of the lungs and brain, at the age of thirty-eight. The Kapunda Herald said that ‘He camped out all night about a week ago and caught cold, which settled on his lungs. Inflammation set in, and the sad end soon came.’ Dr Popham was constantly at his side. The newspapers in South Australia and the Northern Territory expressed the sadness of the people whose lives he had touched. Mr Crooks, the manager of the Commercial Bank of South Australia, arranged for a special train to bring bank officials, the Adelaide Liedertafel and his friends, to Gawler for the funeral, which August’s two elder sons attended. He was buried in the Gawler Anglican Cemetery in the same grave as his son Freddy.

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I have written a more detailed account of this story in August Georg Cranz: A man of ideas and deeds, a copy of which is at SAGHS.

Jan McInerney

Gawler History Team thanks Jan McInerney for sharing this information with us


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