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From Prussia With Love

When Grace Aunger was 20 she was engaged to a well-to-do young farmer, and had great difficulty in persuading him to take back his ring, after she had fallen in love with Paul Beckmann, who was working on the Aunger farm. Paul and Grace were deeply in love and were finding it impossible to persuade Grandpa and Grandma Aunger to sanction their engagement.

Things were in a very unhappy state for the young couple who were determined to marry. Grace had to wait for her 21st birthday before she could do more than to plan to marry Paul. Immediately after her birthday she persuaded a young neighbor to catch her pony, saddle it, and have it ready at an early hour some distance from the homestead. Dressed in her riding habit and taking little else she rode into Strathalbyn where she stabled her pony in the hotel yard, leaving a note of explanation attached to its mane, saying she was going by train to Gawler to marry Paul. They were married on September the 30th, 1878 at the Baptist Manse, Gawler (by license) by Rev. S Fairley.

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