Sire’s Tale Of Johann Herbig The Man Who Lived In A Tree

For those of you who don’t know me I am a proud Australian and I love my country. Having said that I reckon that almost everyone out there will say the same thing about their homeland. This is only natural. The purpose of this post though is not to brag about how beautiful Australia is, rather I want to tell you about one small part, perhaps insignificant to some, of history that happened not too far from where I live.

Whilst every country has it’s pioneers, when one usually thinks of pioneers the first thing that comes to mind is great feats of heroism in times of tribulation and hardship, of forging ahead into the unknown finding new territory to settle. The fact is that being a true pioneer does not necessarily include heroism although it may well mean battling very hard times, working the land and making it your own.

South Australia has many pioneers and while many may not consider Johann Herbig as one I tend to disagree. It all began on the 3rd of October 1855 when Johann Friedrich Herbig arrived in South Australia on the Wilhelmine from Germany. Although poor he manage to lease about 80 acres of land on a time payment schedule and not having enough money to build a house he lived in a old gum tree that was found on his property. This hollow red gum tree is located at Springton South Australia and is about 60 km’s from Adelaide. It’s about 300-500 years old, has a diameter of 7 metres and a height of 24 metres.

He lived in the tree for about five years. He met his bride to be, Anna Caroline Rattey on the 1st of December 1856 and married her in 1858 and they lived in the tree together. A year later the first of their sixteen children, Johann, was born in their tree house. It wasn’t until their second son was born a year later and the tree became too small for the growing family, a hut was built.

The Herbig Family Tree

He died on the 18th October 1886 aged 58 due to an unfortunate accident. The tree has been occupied on several occasions by others and today the Herbig Family Tree represents a graphic link to early European settlement of the area.

Many people when talking about family trees think of it in terms of genealogy, but here in South Australia we have a tree that was inhabited by a family for roughly five years. This would make it one of the few actual living tree house


The tree is located 63 km north-east of Adelaide in Springton which was originally known as Black Springs. It is a small township at the south-eastern extremity of the Barossa Valley. It is definitely worth a look at if you are in the area.

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September Contest Update

Well, it seems that so far there is only going to be one winner to my Ultimate Blogging Contest, and that’s going to be Mitch because he is the only one that had completed all the criteria. For those few who have entered I would re-read that post to make sure you have a chance at winning one of those prizes. For those of you who have feigned entry just so you could get your link juice, lap it up while you can because once the contest is over and if you haven’t followed any of the instructions, well let’s just say your link will be no more.

Well, just because my contest seems to be turning out to be a bummer, doesn’t mean that all contests turn out that way. Perhaps it was the prizes on offer, or perhaps it was just too hard to follow, I don’t know. I do know though that there is one contest that is about to start and you will find that at the Tech Zoom In blog. He’s offering a $100 in prizes and it will be shared among the top 5 commentators. One thing though peoples, please read the rules, because from what I can see he is already getting some useless comments, or perhaps I have too cynical an eye. :devil_tb:

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A couple of weeks ago I did a post on Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs and it turned out to be quite popular. I know that sooner or later a blogger may decide to make the wise move of hosting their 0wn blog, and I thought that perhaps one of the reasons holding them back is the assumption that it’s pretty difficult to do so. This post, a step by step guide of setting up your own WordPress blog is for those bloggers.

Once you’ve downloaded the the latest WordPress files and you have unzipped the files. you will need to a FTP client to upload those files to your new domain and I recommend FileZilla. The next step explains how to configure FileZilla so that it will connect to your host in readiness for the upload to your domain.

Open Filezilla and Click File (top left hand corner of page), and then Site Manger. Now Click on ‘New Site’ and it will have opened up a set of tabs, the current one being the ‘General Tab’.

Hostname: Enter If your domain is then that is what you would enter. Leave Port blank.

In Server Type choose FTP File Transfer Protocal which should be default.

Logon Type is normal

Username: Enter your cpanel username here.

Password: Enter your cpanel password here. Your host should have sent you this information via email.

Now click on the ‘Transfer Settings’ tab and in transfer mode select active.

That should be it, now click connect, and if all is OK you should have logged into your account. It should like something like this image

OK, now just before we upload the WordPress files we need to start up a database for your new blog.

1: Log into your Host’s CPanel

2. Click on the MySQL® Databases icon

3. Find the area where it asks for New Database: and enter your database name, I suggest the name of your blog, and then click Create Database. Then click ‘Go back’

4. Now you need to create a Username for your database so place your username in the box and next add your password then click create user. Then click back. Make a note of your password.

5. Now to add that user to your database. You do this in the Add Users To Your Databases: section by pointing the user you have just created to your new database. Remember to click ‘All’ for privileges and then click the ‘Add user to database’ tab. Ok, That should be it.

If you haven’t already done so, unzip your WordPress files and then open the wp-config-sample.php and fill in the following details.

define(’DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdbnamehere’); // The name of the database you just created
define(’DB_USER’, ‘usernamehere’); // The username you just created
define(’DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere’); // …and password
define(’DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // You won’t need to change this

Once you have done this save the file as wp-config.php and then you are ready to upload the files.

If your blog has the same name as your domain simply upload everything inside the wordpress directory (not the directory itself) to the public_html of your domain. This may take awhile depending on your transfer speed. Once completed start your browser and point it to and the self install will start. Everything being OK, you will have your new blog up in minutes.


I hope I got everything. If I missed anything out I’m sure that someone will point it out.

If you haven’t picked a host yet, I’ve only just moved this blog to BlueHost and I am more than impressed with their service and a little something else I’ve discovered that I think deserves a post of it’s own

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