William Walter Steigenberger


Brief Life History of William Walter

When William Walter Steigenberger was born in 1908, in Rushworth, Victoria, Australia, his father, George Edward Steigenberger, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Ann Rattray, was 26. He died in 1985, in Longford, Victoria, Australia, at the age of 77.

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George Edward Steigenberger
Elizabeth Ann Rattray
Edward Ernest Steigenberger
Frederick James Steigenberger
William Walter Steigenberger
Ethel May Steigenberger

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    World Events (7)


    Age 3

    Canberra is founded and designated as the capital. The Federal Capital Territory is established as an area of two 360 square kilometers in the Yass-Canberra district.


    Age 6

    August: Australia becomes involved in World War One as Britain is preparing to declare war on Germany.


    Age 31

    Australia joins Britain in declaration of war on Germany.

    Name Meaning

    Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John , but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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