The Jewel of the South Coast... 
Christian's Minde

Situated in Booderee
National Park,
Jervis Bay - opposite
beautiful Sussex Inlet 

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The Ellmoos Story

The story of the Ellmoos of Christian's Minde began on 26th February 1862, in the little Danish village of Ensted, near Hostrup, Aabenraa. On that date, cabinet maker and ship fitter Christian Nielsen Ellmoos married Louise Marie Petersen. Their second child, Jacob, became a seaman at the age of 15.

In 1878 he left his ship in Port Adelaide, South Australia, and decided to travel north. He walked over 1,000 miles and eventually established himself at the South Head Signal Station, near Watsons Bay, in Sydney. In those days, Watsons Bay was just a fishing village.

Acquiring a seaworthy boat, Jacob sailed south, fishing the coastal waters. He finally made his base at Cape St George lighthouse, on the southern headland of Jervis Bay.

On a fishing trip in November 1880, he crossed the bar at the entrance of Sussex Inlet - and thus began the Ellmoos family association with Sussex Inlet.

Christian and Louise EllmoosJacob's enthusiasm was contagious, and before long his brother Niels, aged 18, came out from Denmark to join him. He was closely followed by Christian Junior, Marie, Whilhelmina and Louise. Finally, in the spring of 1886, the parents, Christian and Louise, arrived with their three younger children - Thomas (10), Lorenz (7) and the baby, Anna, aged 3.

United again, the entire family started to build their new home. They cleared the land to plant crops; they raised livestock, and they caught fish for the Sydney market.

It was a pioneer existence. Building material was cut from the bush or dragged overland from the wrecks in Wreck Bay. The fish was taken to sea to be trans-shipped to the small coastal steamers. Their livestock was guarded and nursed through the changing seasons.

Then, twice in one year, tragedy came to this pioneering family.

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