Johan Georg Lauer and his family arrived in the Brisbane River, Queensland on the 9th, March 1855 in a ship chartered by German family immigrants. The ship was named “Catteaux Wattel”. Captain Louis Meyer was the ship’s master and the crew consisted of 31 Belgiums including a ship’s doctor. All the passengers were German immigrants and consisted of 145 male adults, 135 female adults and 288 children as passengers. They were all Protestants.
The voyage that brought the Lauers to Australia began in Antwerp, Belgium and was the maiden voyage for the ship. The ship sailed from the Brisbane River and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, on 12th March, 1855.
Immigration lists (entered by Alexander Berry Esquire) recorded that the Lauer Family arrived in good health and no medial treatment required on board during their voyage.
Johan Georg Lauer (father) was 43 years on arrival in Australia and was a vinedresser by occupation. (A Vinedresser is one who cultivates, prunes, or cares for, grapevines; or is a labourer in a vineyard.) He was of a protestant religion and he could read and write. His parents were Adam and Sophie Lauer, of Germany, who were also Protestants.
Susannah Lauer was born in Strausen, Germany. She was 39 years on arrival in Australia and a protestant. Her parents were Jacob and Maria Spindler of Duckham-Nausuan, Germany.