Palmer United Party candidate for the federal seat of Fisher, Bill Schoch, has revealed historical family ties with the first settlers of Montville.
Mr Schoch is listed as a descendant of the Blackall Range Montville pioneering family, featured in a classic piece of Queensland literature.
“William Schoch, my Swiss ancestor settled in Brisbane and married Charlotte who had followed her brother, Thorvald (Thor) Weitemeyer, from Copenhagen after the adventurer wrote home.
“The pioneering story is now a treasure in the Queensland State Library and has become a much loved classic,’’ Mr Schoch said.
The book Missing Friends: Being the Adventures of a Danish Immigrant in Queensland 1871- 1881 by TPL Weitemeyer can be read free online at http://www.archive.org/stream/missingfriendsbe00londiala#page/n0/mode/2up
“Charlotte Schoch’s brother Thor Weitemeyer and his wife Jane were the first settlers in Montville in 1887 and their youngest child Henry was the first non indigenous baby born in the now thriving Sunshine Coast hinterland village,’’ Mr Schoch said.
Mr Schoch has emerged as an early front-runner for Fisher in the September federal election, attracting 45% of the vote in a recent Sunshine Coast Daily poll.
A Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws graduate from University of Queensland, Mr Schoch has had successful working relationship with federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Professor Clive Palmer, spanning 35 years.
Mr Schoch said his priorities for Fisher included upgrading the Bruce Highway and building on the strengths of the region, particularly in the areas of tourism and education.