The Bang connection
To the Stickler Family
Johannes Nelsen Bang (1858-1944), and his wife
Louisa Christofel Maria Italia Neilsen (1854-1931)
Johannes Nelsen Bang was born in 1858, and his wife,
Louisa Neilsen in 1854. Both born in Jutland, Denmark, were married
on 27th October 1882 in Randers, Denmark. They both ended their days
in Brisbane, Australia.
Johannes and Louisa sailed from Jutland, Denmark on
the SS. Dacca, year unknown. He was a Gun Smith and Lock Smith by trade.
Johannes and his son 'Hans Bang' were members of the 'Danish Club'.
Both men were crack shots.
Johannes and Louisa had nine children: -
Lena Bang, born 1837
Niels Bang, born 1889
Anne Bang, born 1891
Alfred Bang, born 1893
Peter Bang, born 1895
Hans Bang, born 7th November 1897
Frederick Bang, born Australia
Alexandra Bang, born Australia
Bertha Bang, born Australia
Hans Bang (1897-1972), and his wife
Clara Anna Bertha Andersen (1897-1968)
Hans Bang, son of Johannes & Louisa Bang, was born
in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 7th November 1897. He married
Clara Anna Bertha Andersen on 16th July 1921. Hans was a Sniper in World
War I, and served in World War II. He was a very loving and liked Gentleman.
His wife Clara born in Brisbane, Australia on 24th July 1897 was marvellous
at fancy work, and embroidery etc. Even though her father was born in
Norway, and worked his passage from Hamburg, Norway, aboard the 'Reichstag'
to Australia, the name Andersen is spelt the Danish Way. Apparently,
his forebears went for a trip one time over the border into Norway from
Denmark, and never returned!
Hans and Clara Bang had three children, all born in
Brisbane, Australia: -
Arthur Bang who married Patricia Helen Stickler
Winifred Margaret Bang, born 13th February 1924,
who married John Summerville, and
Norman Henry Bang, born 30th December 1929
Hans Bang died on 19th October 1972. His wife Clara died 23rd November
1968. She was waiting on the platform of the Railway Station for a train
to visit her daughter's home, for a birthday party of Winifred's second
son's 13th birthday. While waiting she turned to Hans (her husband)
and spoke, then fell to the ground. The doctor said she would not have
felt a thing. The cause of death was a blood clot in the heart (a clot
of blood touched the valve of the heart); it was over in a second. It
was a big shock for everyone.
Arthur Allan Bang (1922-2004), and his wife
Patricia Helen Stickler (1932-1995)
Arthur Allan Bang (the son of Hans Bang and Clara Anna Bertha Andersen)
married Patricia Helen Stickler (the daughter of Donald Arthur Stickler
and Olive Emily Black) in Brisbane, Australia on the 7th April 1951.
Their two children, Sheryn & Neil married Stephen George Yates and
Karen Anne MacDonald respectively. Sheryn & Steve have four children,
Hans Stephen Arthur; Eric George Edward; Rowan Arthur James and Dustin
Edward Graham Yates. And Neil & Karen are the proud parents of their
daughter Kelly Bang.
Arthur, born in Brisbane, Australia on the 8th March 1922, rang
the Bells at St Andrew's Church of England, Lutwyche, Brisbane, Australia for over half a century. The Bells were the largest
in the Southern Hemisphere until Queen Elizabeth put a slightly larger
one into service in a Canberra church in 1970. Below is the transcript
from a 1973 Newspaper cutting: -
“MR BANG STILL RINGING
FROM NEW YEAR 1939
Smoothie rang the old year out on December 31, 1938 at St. Andrew’s
Church of England, Lutwyche. Next morning, his eager, 16-year-old apprentice
Arthur Bang rang the New Year in on the Church bells – Bells he
has been ringing very regularly ever since. Northside Brisbane residents
might never have met the personable 50-year-old city council bus driver
– But a lot of them have heard him and his bells on Saturdays and
Sundays since that first morning of 1939. Mr Bang grew up within the sound
of the bells at Gordon Park and now commutes to the church from Everton
sound from the church – Heard anything up to four miles away on
a clear day – On the occasions of weddings, half-an-hour before
Sunday services and important events such as Easter and Christmas. They
have been recorded as far away as Bulimba and apparently thrill more people
than they annoy. Mr Bang can only recall one abusive letter from an irate
man who warned he would climb the bell tower and batter Mr Bang with an
axe if he did not stop ringing the bells. The 13-bell carillon in the
tower of St. Andrew’s was the largest in the southern hemisphere
until Queen Elizabeth put a slightly larger instrument into service in
a Canberra church in 1970. Mr Bang worked the bells for 19 years, but
for the last 15 years he has had six volunteer assistants who now work
the most active is Mr Bang’s 18-year-old daughter, Sheryn, who admits
her musical skill run to the recorder. Bell Badge: her genuine skill at
ringing the bells gained her the only Girl Guides badge in Australia for
bell-ringing, although a number have been awarded in England. When Mr
Bang tells people of his off-beat, week-end chore “I feel that by
playing the bells I’m making some contribution to the church”.
They most often liken him to Quasimodo, the hunchback tugging on the ropes
to ring the bells of Notre Dame – But Mr Bang does not touch a rope.
we climbed the 25ft into the church tower, up two narrow ladders, to reach
the small room from which the bells are controlled. The bells are worked
by a 13-note keyboard. Covering middle C to high C, plus some sharps.
Wire strands connect the bells – Another perilous ladder trip, 25ft
above the keyboard.
has transposed 200 of the most popular hymns into carillon language –
substituting musical notes for their equivalent numbers on his had pull
keyboard. He refers to the book each time he plays rather than trusting
his memory for the numbers – But he had to play for the consecration
of the new church during a blackout without the aid of the book.
got a beautiful set of fixed bells. But there is one thing I would love
more than anything else”, Mr Bang admitted in the tower yesterday.
“If we had one more bell, bigger than our biggest at present, we’d
be able to play the Bells of St. Mary’s with all the trimmings,
one they would hear farther than Bulimba”. He said”
(aka Pat Bang) was born in Brisbane on the 3rd February 1932. As a child
she won 1st prize in a Fancy Dress Costume as a Japanese Girl.
Right: Patricia at the Lone Pine Koala, Kangaroo and Lizard Sanctuary.
“It looks a lot better now than it did when the photo was taken.
Lone Pine was one of the battles the Australians fought in World War I,
so it was not received very well when the Japanese recently bought it”.
(Source letter from Pat late 1980's)
When her grandma died a couple of large photo albums, bought over from
England went to the other side of the family. The 'Pumps' side of the
family as Pat Bang puts it. `Pumps' was a nickname Pat gave to her grandfather
(Arthur Bryer) when she was a child, and it stuck'. Her grandmother (Maud
Lilley Burgess) married Arthur Bryer after the tragic death of her first
husband (Albert Thomas Arthur Stickler). Pat (quite understandably) finds
it disappointing that the photo albums went over to the Bryer side of
the family. She feels the photos could have told her a lot. However, she
did inherit the 'Family Bible'. The entries in the first two pages are