Anne Catherine Olsen
was the daughter of Peder (a blacksmith) and Anne (née
Rasmussen) Olsen who were married in Karlebo,
Frederiksborg County, on the east coast of the island of
Zealand in Denmark on 12 February 1832. Peder Olsen was
born about 1800 in Nivå, in the Karlebo municipality,
and died there on 31 January 1872. Anne Rasmussen (b.
1804; bap. Karlebo 17 August 1806) was the daughter of
Rasmus Mortensen and Karen Hansen.
Peder and Anne children were as follows: Christian1
(b. 23 July 1833), Christian2 (b. 3 October
1834; d. 6 July 1903), Anne Steni (b. 7 February 1836),
Anne Catherine (b. 13 March 1837), Mathias (b. 15 March
1839), Rasmus Andreas (b. 4 September 1842), Rasmus
Andreas (b. 15 March 1845), and Karen Marie (b. 21 June
1848). Anne Catherine was christened in the Danish
People’s (Evangelical Lutheran) Church, Karlebo, on 14
In the same church, at the age of 18, she married
Lars Nielsen on 23 November 1855. He was ten years
At the time of Anne’s death on 11 November 1891, their
surviving children were: Peter (35), Christian (28, b.
25 November 1862), Andrew or Andreas (23, b. 29 August
1868) and Anne (12, b. 5 January 1879.
Anne’s burial took place on 13 November 1891 in
‘Grenier’s Cemetery’ in a service conducted by the
Reverend John Stewart Pollock, the minister of the
Sherwood (Oxley) Presbyterian Church. Others present in
an official capacity were Samuel Bradshaw, a teacher at
the Cooper’s Plains State School, and Noah Minchenton
(witnesses) and William Francis Lyon (undertaker) who
certified the burial. Noah was the son of Job and
Charlotte (née Catchpole) Minchenton. The informant of
Anna’s death was her brother Christian Petersen Olsen of
According to Anne’s death certificate she had spent 8
years in Australia, which would indicate that she
arrived about 1883.