Hi. I have just joined following up my family history. Bernard Otto Holtermann was also my great great grandfather. My mother passed away in recent times and unfortunately my father is not well either. My mother did do a bit of work on tracing back and of course there is the verbal transfer from genereation to generation that has occurred. I am therefore endeavouring to preserve as much of the family history as possible. I do have old family photographs with names written on the back which I will use as a starting point. My grandmother was Berle Brienesse and I do know that that she did have a history of legal issues regarding the properties in Crows Nest, Sydney.. I am just enquiring as to whether anyone has seen the Brienesse surname show up in their research.