Z is for Zöller graves

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Dorfprozelten emigrants

Among the 64 emigrants from Dorfprozelten in Bavaria in the mid-19th century were three families with the surname Zöller. Like all German names this can pose research problems as much because of the mis-transcription in indexes as the varied Anglicisation of the name. Two of these families arrived on the Darling Downs between 1855 and 1860: that of Joseph and Rosina Zöller and that of Franz Ignaz Zöller and his wife Catherine Beutel. The latter included a niece and nephew, children of Ignaz’s brother Franz Johann Xaver Zöller and wife Catherina Günzer. These are some of the graves for these early German pioneers.

Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery

Joseph and Rosina Zöller (Zeller) are buried in the Toowoomba cemetery but if they have gravestones I don’t have a photo of them.

Franz Ignaz Zöller is also buried in this cemetery without a memorial.

Catherine Zöller remarried after Ignaz’s death to Christian Schollmayer (various spellings) and after his death to Christian Branniger/Brannigan. She died on 19 October 1912 and is buried in this cemetery.

Catherine BRANNIGAN formerly Zöller and Schollmayer nee Beutel.

Chinchilla Cemetery, Queensland

Joseph Michael Zöller 1845-1926 is buried in the Chinchilla. He was the son of Franz Johann Xaver Zöller and wife Catherina Günzer, and cousin to John below.
John Zöller was the first Australian-born child of Franz Ignaz and Catherine Zöller. He is buried with his wife, Ann Zöller nee Nixon.
Arthur Zeller grandson of John and Ann Zeller.

Four of John and Ann Zöller’s sons served in World War, two of whom, Thomas and George, gave their lives. They are remembered on the Chinchilla War Memorial.

Chinchilla War Memorial.
The memorial for Thomas Zeller in the Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium.

Cabarlah Cemetery, Highfields, Queensland

Michael Zöller son of Ignaz and Catherine Zöller, his wife, Helena nee Büg, and their son Leslie George.
Catherine McQuillan nee Zöller, Australian born daughter of Iganz and Catherine Zöller.

Cemetery Searching Wishlist

Before too long I’d like to explore the Campbell’s Hill cemetery in Maitland, NSW for the third Zöller (Sellers) family of emigrants.

I’d particularly like to thank my readers for touring the cemeteries with me. Not everyone’s idea of fun, but they hold so much of our country’s history.

17 thoughts on “Z is for Zöller graves

  1. Congratulations on completing another A to Z Challenge! Z is always tricky. Sad to see Joseph Michael Zöller‘s stone in pieces, but at least they’ve kept it in place (hopefully to be repaired). I was fascinated by your tour of Australian cemeteries and the many varieties of stones, graves and — of course — ancestral stories that you chronicled this month. Well done, thanks for your visits/comments to my blog, and hope to be visiting again during the coming year.

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    1. Thanks Molly, I’ve appreciated your support and enjoyed your stories a lot. Interesting to compare lifestyle experiences for a peer in another country.


    1. It is covering an Immortelle, a glass dome filled with flowers. They date from about a hundred years ago and are fragile so it is special to see a survivor. I haven’t seen an import Elle protector before.

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    2. Thanks Kristin for following along with me. I hadn’t known the official name but they were indeed very common when I was younger…I remember them on relatives’ graves.


  2. Congratulations on the final completion of Z in this A to Z challenge. I’ve enjoyed the read on your cemetery search… as I also enjoy cemetery searching. Sorry to see Joseph Michael Zöller‘s stone in pieces, but at least they did keep them on the gravesite. Thanks for visiting along with me also!

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    1. Thanks for following along and commenting Jeanne. I’ve still got plenty of reading to follow up. Yes it’s sad to see when a stone is broken. I wonder if the family will have it repaired.

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  3. I bet Catherine BRANNIGAN formerly Zöller and Schollmayer nee Beutel has some stories to tell – would love to hear them.

    Congratulations on crossing the AtoZ line and thanks for satisfying my appetite for cemeteries. I am in awe of your headstone/grave collection – hope to see more as you continue on your blogging journey.

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    1. Thanks Jill. I’m sure Catherine had so many life experiences but as always we’re subject to what survives. I will probably be adding a story about her life and Ignaz’s but it will be on my Dorfprozelten blog.

      Thanks for following along with me.

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  4. Hi Pauline, I have enjoyed every article on your Cemetery Searching exploration tour. I have relatives buried in many of these cemeteries, but alas none that you detailed. I have an Irish and German ancestry, so was very interested in your many German families. It is a great passion of mine visiting cemeteries, even when I have no know family in there. Thank you for sharing some of your families and other interesting burials.
    Cheers, Christine


  5. Great Z post Pauleen. I have loved your AtoZ series this year. I’ve learnt new place names and have looked forward to reading your posts. This theme was a great idea and I might even steal the idea

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