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From: "Narelle Catling" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 21:46:40 +0800
Thanks for your information and advice. Olaf Victor BLADIN is supposed to have arrived form Stockholm, Sweden in 1849/50. It took him 7 years to get around to marriage and life in Gippsland. Emily is my G grandmother. On her birth cert Olaf's occupation was "carpenter". He apparently built the police station in Traralgon in the 1860's.
He deserted his wife and children in 1869 and headed to Melbourne to work on the wharf. I cannot verify the wharf job yet. He also changed his name to George GILBERT possibly because he was wanted by police for desertion. He the went to S Aust where he fathered a child in 1877. I believe he went to the goldfields between 1850-57 and then again between 1870-77. He may have headed back to the goldfields after 1877. I'm really just guessing now.
Thanks for the lookup at the library.