Anna Elizabeth Kowald left her home in May 1841 beginning a long and arduous voyage from Germany to the colony of South Australia escaping religious persecution and hoping for a new life in a distant unknown land.
The voyage on Skjold was difficult with storms and a shortage of food. It claimed 45 lives, 32 of which were children. However, during the voyage Anna met Johann Gottleib Steicke.
They fell in love and married on board on 6 May 1841. After 117 days at sea, they finally arrived in Port Adelaide on 27 October 1841.
After a short stay in Hahndorf, Anna and Johann moved to Lobethal before finally settling in Light Pass. They rented The Smithy cottage known simply as “Section 180”. They later purchased the cottage and property for £360.
Anna and Johann lived and raised their ten children in the cottage – Johanne Caroline, Johann Herman, Johann Immanuel, Johanne Louise, Johann Gotthard, Johanna Marie, Johanna Wilhelmine Auguste, Johanne Pauline Hulda, Johann Fredrich Reinhold and Elisabeth Bertha.
Johann passed away on 4 June 1872 at age 59. Anna passed away on 28 April 1888, at age 74. She and Johann are buried in the Strait Gate Cemetery in Light Pass.