On 25 January 1839, Johann Christian Hahn and his wife Maria Elizabeth
left their home in Brausendorf Silesia (now Poland), to travel to South
Australia on the sailing ship 'Catharina'. They were some of the very earliest white settlers
to arrive in this state.
Johann worked as a farmer-gardener and, in 1846, purchased 32 hectares (80 acres) of land in the Barossa Valley.