Isabel Ada (Bel) Rookwood
was the daughter of William Rookwood, the elder son of
Arthur and Elizabeth (née Forshaw) Rookwood, and Ada
Frances Riley the daughter of George and Agnes (née
Crane) Riley. Her parents were married on 26 September
Bel was born on 19 January 1909; and two weeks later, on
2 February, her mother passed away in the Victoria
Private Hospital, South Brisbane, as a result of
postnatal complications. She was cared for by her
maternal aunt Florence whom William Rookwood married on
12 April 1910. Before their move to Pomona, William and
Florence lived in John Street, Cooper’s Plains.
Isabel Ada Rookwood married Alfred Gamer in
Gympie on 1 December 1934. They raised five children:
Bevan Alfred, Leigh William, Carol Isabel, Christine
Hilda and Paul David. Isabel Ada died on 29 October 2005
aged 96 and was cremated at the Mount Gravatt
Crematorium on 4 November 2005. Her ashes were later
deposited on her father’s grave at God’s Acre.
For more details about Isabel Ada’s Rookwood ancestry
and about her step-brothers and step-sisters, the reader
is referred to the Rookwood entry in this book.
Alfred Gamer was born in Oberhausen, a city in the Ruhr
region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 6 April
1907. He was still an infant when, with his parents
Leopold and Augusta (née Plotzki) Gamer and his siblings
(Hertha who is still alive at the time of writing aged
105, Ewald and Elfriede), he emigrated to Australia on
the 9023-ton RMS Orontes (Captain Ruthven).
Accompanying the Gamers were Augusta’s parents Karl and
Augusta Plotzki and their children: Karl Jr, Maria,
Wilhelm, Gustav and Helene. Also among the passengers
were Augusta Gamer’s sister Emma Scherer and her
family—husband Auguste and children Augusta, Egon, Elsa
The ship left London on 27 December 1907 and berthed at
Pinkenba (Brisbane) on 10 February 1908 with a large
number of German immigrants, many of them agricultural
workers, on board. It was at the urging of Pastor
Niemeyer of Hatton Vale, who was intent on establishing
a settlement at Baffle Creek north of Bundaberg, that
many of them had decided to come to Australia.
Alf Gamer was living in Mount Gravatt at the time of his
death on 27 August 1983. He was cremated at Mount
Thompson Crematorium three days later.