Australia 1900 – United States of America 1982
United States from 1919
[Dr Siegwart Bruehl and his daughter Charlotte, New York]
image 12.6 (h) x 15.9 (w) cm
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc., New York, NY, USA, made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Dr Siegwart Bruehl arrived in Australia from Berlin in 1882 and established his practice as a physician, surgeon and ophthalmic surgeon at Hawker and outlying country towns near the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. He returned to Germany in 1890 to marry Minna Viesel. They had three children: Charlotte, in 1892, and Martin, in 1895, were born in Hawker, South Australia, and Anton in Naracoorte, five years later. The family was based in regional Victoria from 1906 and Melbourne from 1914. During the First World War, Siegwart came under suspicion of ‘harbouring strong enemy sympathies’. Along with his wife and daughter, he returned to Hawker in 1917, where the doctor was technically a prisoner of war. The two boys left for the United States in 1919 and in February 1921, the elderly couple and their daughter joined them.