Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

08/17/2018 09:00 to 08/19/2018 17:00 (Australia/Adelaide)

University of Adelaide, Australia

Author Talk: The Second Son

  • Diana von der Borch-Garden
  • 08/16/2018 19:00
  • Unley Town Hall

Join the Genealogy SA Family History Writers & German and Continental European Groups for a joint meeting. Hear Diana Von Der Borch-Garden, author of The Second Son, talk about the process that she went through researching, writing and publishing her book, as well as the story of her great grand-father. A historic account of the author’s great grandfather, Leopold von der Borch. He left behind the life of privileged aristocrat, in exchange for a more challenging life in Australia. He became a ...

Genealogy SA Research Centre Tour

  • 08/17/2018 10:00
  • SAGHS Library

Take a tour of the Library and Research Centre of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society to find just what German related records and indexes are available. This tour is limited to 10 people. ...

Reception: Migration Museum

  • 08/17/2018 17:00

Join us for an informal evening hosted by the Migration Museum for a drink, some entertainment and a chance to renew some acquaintances or make some new ones. The Museum is offering guided tours of their galleries and current exhibitions. Tour fee: $5 donation p/person, bookings are essential via the link sent with your confirmation letter. The Migration Museum is housed in the remnant buildings of the Adelaide Destitute Asylum. Begleiten Sie uns zu einem informellen Abend, der vom Migrationsmu...

Welcome to Country and Conference Opening

  • Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien
  • 08/18/2018 09:00

GAGHArlu tampinthi, ngadlu Kaurna yartangka panpapanpalyarninthi (inparrinthi). Kaurna miyurna yaitya mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Parnaku yailtya, parnuku tapa purruna, parnuku yarta ngadlu tampinthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna ithu yailtya, tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martulyainthi. ...

Keynote:

  • Martin Haese
  • 08/18/2018 09:20

Morning Break

  • 08/18/2018 11:10

Revitalise for your next session with a selection of snacks and beverages ...

In search of my Prussian great grandfather

  • Peter Brinkworth
  • 08/18/2018 11:30
  • Rumours Room

A presentation on the process used to discover the life and times of the presenter's great grandfather (Ernst Siekmann) who came to South Australia in 1853. He was not aware of his existence until 1978 when a brief description of his life was published in a book of my (Brinkworth) family history. There were some obvious errors, and in 1980 Peter began to investigate Ernst's origins. It was not until 2002, when Peter had retired, that he began his quest to discover who Ernst was. That quest took ...

Lunch

  • 08/18/2018 12:30

GAGHA projects: What, why and how

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/18/2018 13:30
  • W P Rogers Room

A major aim of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance is to ensure that research continues and that information and findings are available as widely as possible. This session will review the current set of projects being managed by GAGHA including: Heimat Adelaide German-Australians soldiers, sailors and nurses in WWI German name changes 1788-1958 Catalog of German-Australian family histories and biographies ...

Nineteenth Century German linguistic thought and Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Clara Stockigt
  • 08/18/2018 14:40
  • W P Rogers Room

A substantial proportion of what is discoverable about the structure of the hundreds of Aboriginal languages that were spoken on the vast Australian continent before their post-colonial demise is contained in nineteenth-century grammars written by missionaries who had been trained in Germany and who spoke German as their first language. Lutheran missionaries were especially prolific, describing the grammatical structure of Kaurna, Ramindjeri, Barngarla, Diyari, Wangkangurru, Yandrruwandha, Arrer...

Lightning Talk: Lutheran Archives

  • Rachel Kuchel
  • 08/18/2018 14:40
  • Eclipse Room

Lightning Talk: German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance

  • German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance
  • 08/18/2018 15:00
  • Eclipse Room

Lightning Talk: SAGHS

  • Aileen Preiss
  • 08/18/2018 15:20
  • Rumours Room

Afternoon Break

  • 08/18/2018 15:40

Researching my German family history - jumping the hurdles!

  • Eric Kopittke
  • 08/18/2018 16:00
  • Rumours Room

Using records from Germany to advance family history research should not be seen as an impossible task. This presentation will show that German records do exist and can be accessed and used to research your German born families. ...

Conference Dinner

  • 08/18/2018 19:00

Panel Session: Australisches Deutschtum? (Eclipse Room)

  • 08/19/2018 09:15

After a day of presentations, it's time to explore the question 'Australisches Deutschtum?: What is the current state and future of German history, heritage and culture in Australia'. This panel session made up of 6 of the conference speakers will consider their ideas about how and why, or even whether, we should be carrying out this work. ...

Morning Break

  • 08/19/2018 10:30

Eduard Grube's Australian Adventures: fact, fiction and exaggeration

  • Thomas A. Darragh
  • 08/19/2018 12:00
  • W P Rogers Room

The Hamburg born Eduard Grube arrived in Adelaide aboard the Victoria in 1849, aged 18. After many adventures in Adelaide and country South Australia, he joined the gold rushes in Victoria, then returned to Hamburg in 1854, where he wrote an account of his experiences. This account tells of his time as a hutkeeper, peddler in Adelaide, seaman, ship deserter, copper miner in the Mount Liverpool Mine, station cook, teacher in Port Lincoln, mounted policeman in Adelaide and gold digger in Victoria....

Trade Secrets: Discovering Family History in German Guild Documents (Video recording)

  • Lois Zweck
  • 08/19/2018 12:00
  • Rumours Room

Originally presented as a lecture to the SA Genealogy and Heraldry Society Germanic Special Interest Group, this is a fascinating presentation of the story, documents and research process in searching for Germans outside of the normal church and civil registers. This presentation is a video recording and goes for 1 hour and 5 minutes. It will start exactly at 12 noon, and run slightly in lunch. ...

Lunch

  • 08/19/2018 13:00

Johannes Menge: More than ‘The Father of South Australian Mineralogy’

  • Bernard O'Neil
  • 08/19/2018 14:00
  • W P Rogers Room

Johannes Menge was perhaps the most extraordinary character to reside in South Australia during its first 15 years of European settlement. Brilliant, erudite, eccentric, visionary and opinionated are some of the words used to describe this unusual mineralogist, linguist and philosopher. Though often portrayed as a drifter and a loner, Menge was a friendly, harmless soul of high intelligence who considered he was on a lifelong religious or mystical journey to a higher authority. His mineralogical...

Afternoon Break

  • 08/19/2018 15:00

Johann Bohlmann: A Family Story

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/19/2018 15:30
  • Rumours Room

The Bohlmann story in South Australia is a tale of changing names and changing places of origin. This presentation follows the process of sorting through the mis-information and dis-information about one small German-Australian family, and coming out the other end with a very different concept of family. ...

Conference Close

  • 08/19/2018 16:30

Workshop: Mapping German South Australia

  • Migration Museum
  • 08/17/2018 09:00
  • Migration Museum

In this workshop participants will explore German South Australia in the nineteenth century through an interactive and collaborative (analogue) mapping exercise. Join Migration Museum curators and share histories and stories of people and families, anchoring them in place and time. We’re hoping to use the knowledge brought into the room to make particular and personal the patterns of settlement of those from the German states who came to South Australia, in the process questioning assumptions an...

Workshop: Finding Forebears in Poland: Researching German family history in present day Poland

  • Janette Lange
  • 08/17/2018 09:30
  • Harry Medlin Room

Researching overseas can seem a daunting prospect, even more so for family historians wanting to trace Prussian ancestors whose homelands lie now in present day Poland. This session will highlight websites and provide detailed advice on researching from home, contacting or visiting archives in Poland and Germany, and planning family history travel in Poland. Focus on the former Prussian provinces of  Pomerania, Posen, Brandenburg and Silesia. This workshop has 15 places only, is available only ...

Workshop: Gedmatch Essentials

  • Cate Pearce
  • 08/17/2018 13:00
  • Rumours Room

The Gedmatch Essentials Workshop covers the basic tools for analysing your DNA results using the third party website Gedmatch.com. After doing your DNA test, you can transfer your results to Gedmatch where you will find other genetic cousins who have tested in a different company, who also match your DNA and with whom you share a common ancestor, as well as lot of tools to help you analyse your results. This workshop will use real case studies and practical examples to show you how the tools can...

Workshop: Introduction to deciphering German cursive (Schrift) in church records

  • Lois Zweck
  • 08/17/2018 13:00
  • Harry Medlin Room

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to reading and deciphering records written in old German cursive (Kurrentschrift). It will provide an introduction to the individual letters, and then cover words and terminology commonly found in church registers. Some knowledge of the German language is helpful, but not a prerequisite. This workshop has 15 places only, is available only to full conference registrants and must be pre-booked with your conference booking. ...

Die Tischler and their Australian legacy

  • James Bertouch
  • 08/18/2018 10:10
  • W P Rogers Room

A presentation, including photographs, about the furniture and decorative arts made by German born craftsmen and cabinetmakers, including  Schaedel, Graetz, Launer, Freytag and the Maerschel brothers  who migrated to Australia and settled in specific areas such as the Barossa valley. The influences on aspects of design, such as traditional and religious forms, will be investigated, as will the use of Australian native timbers including red gum and Huon pine. While  examples of these pieces can b...

German Migration to Australia: A (very) Brief History

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/18/2018 10:10
  • Rumours Room

Who were the first Germans in Australia? When and how did they arrive? This Cook's Tour of nearly 200 years of Germans arriving in Australia will give a good foundation to understanding the push and pull factors, routes and peoples who made German and Germans the largest ethnic group after migrants from the British Isles. ...

The German and Scandinavian Presence in Tasmania: Case Histories on Selected Settlements

  • Michael Watt
  • 08/18/2018 10:10
  • Eclipse Room

The purpose of this study is to identify the attributes of rural settlements that immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia established in Tasmania in the nineteenth century. The study focuses on determining whether the immigrants established open or closed settlements based on an examination of five attributes: religion; education; occupation; language use; and social interaction. Using historical, ethnographic and content analysis research methods, the study examined clustered settlements that t...

A God Fearing People cast into a strange and forbidding land! The German Baptists of Queensland

  • David Parker
  • 08/18/2018 11:30
  • Eclipse Room

At its peak around the end of the 19 th century, German migration contributed up to 10% of the population of Queensland. Of these, a significant group were, or become, Baptists, and they were concentrated in the area north and west of Ipswich. With roots of their churches developing first from the 1860s, they eventually formed their own denomination; after the mid-1920s they merged with their ‘English’ counterparts who were established first in 1855 and organised themselves in 1877....

Waltzes, Wurst and Wine: Adventures in Search of German-Queensland

  • Mark Schuster
  • 08/18/2018 11:30
  • W P Rogers Room

Folklorist and historian Mark Schuster (www.germanydownunder.com) has spent half-a-lifetime travelling throughout southern Queensland recording, documenting and also performing the unique traditions of the once extensive German-Queensland farming communities. The presentation will focus on the settlement patterns, traditions, culture and stories of the communities. As well as illustrating the wealth of traditions unearthed, Mark will provide a fascinating insight into his adventures in the quest...

Using DNA for German Family History Research

  • Cate Pearce
  • 08/18/2018 13:30
  • Rumours Room

DNA testing is most helpful for breaking through family history brick walls in cases where the paper trail has been exhausted. Furthermore, DNA testing connects us with our genetic cousins who share a common ancestor and who might have information, photos or documents that can broaden our research. This presentation is not about the science of DNA, it is about how you can use this valuable tool for your family history research. DNA case studies are presented that focus particularly on German fam...

The Biography of a German Chair: an object revealing trans-national connections and stories

  • Christeen Schoepf
  • 08/18/2018 13:30
  • Eclipse Room

The biography of the Mayoral chair of Port Pirie, South Australia, can tell the history of that locality. Through further examination of the people and events that have shared this biography, many stories can be told: German migration to the state; trans-national shipping; Hanseatic ship building; German forestry and timber movements; and, even legends of the Teutonic people. How? This chair was crafted from the remnants of the German barque Saturn by a German who had made a new life in South Au...

Nine Serendipitous Meetings

  • Frank Olivier
  • 08/18/2018 14:40
  • Rumours Room

A powerful presentation covering three generations of the Olivier/Wall family history, including the Olivier's German lineage, Frank's early childhood, his very strong determined mother who had a binding love for her four children, the tragic loss of her husband towards the end of WWII, her loyalty to an Australian pen friend, the need to escape the destruction of a bomb blasted Berlin and a downtrodden country, the invasion by the Russians into East Germany and the occupation by the Allies. ...

'A threat to national security': Aboriginal Lutherans in World War 2

  • Kayannie Denigan
  • 08/18/2018 16:00
  • W P Rogers Room

In May 1942 almost 300 Aboriginal people living on the Lutheran mission of Cape Bedford in Far North Queensland were ‘evacuated’ from their homes and sent to Woorabinda. At a time when Australians were fearful of infiltration by Japanese and German spies, these Aboriginal Lutherans were accused of sending ‘smoke signals’ to the Japanese and were deemed a threat to the security of the nation. The resulting eight years in exile and the fight to return home—with the support of Lutherans across Quee...

The Great War and the treatment of German-Australians in South Australia 1914-1922

  • Michael Wohltmann
  • 08/18/2018 16:00
  • Eclipse Room

How could it be that German-Australians, who were viewed as zealous hard working and model citizens prior to the Great War were five years later, treated as outcasts in their own society?  Can these events be explained simply as war hysteria, or were there other factors at work? When the Great War ended in 1918, it was not the end for the German-Australian Community .In fact, things only became worse for the German-Australians in the post-war period. This talk will focus on the phenomenon of i...

Heimat Adelaide: Mapping German locations in the city

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/19/2018 10:50
  • Eclipse Room

German heritage is easy to see in places such as Westgarthtown, Hahndorf and Bethany, but in the larger cities of Australia it is sometimes swallowed up and covered over. 'Heimat Adelaide' is the result of researching Germans using council assessment books, directories, and city survey maps and locating the areas of German work, life and recreation. It is also the work of many volunteer transcribers who have given their time. ...

From France to Prussia and on to Australia - the Billiau Family

  • Robert Heimann
  • 08/19/2018 10:50
  • Rumours Room

The Billiau Family came to Queensland, Australia, in the 1860s from the area called Uckermark in Prussia, Germany. This area in the northeast of the present day German state of Brandenburg has experienced a surprisingly high level of migration, both incoming and outgoing, among them the two biggest, respectively most important, phases were the incoming of French Huguenots at the end of the 17th century and the emigration to the US and Australia during the 19th century. The Billiaus were part of ...

Recording German speakers in the Barossa and beyond: Maintaining and renewing a heritage language

  • Peter Mickan
  • 08/19/2018 10:50
  • W P Rogers Room

German speaking immigrants settled the Barossa and regional South Australia in the mid 19 th century. German was the community language for social, business, education and cultural purposes. The Lutheran communitiesbuilt churches,established German schools and colleges,and conducted religious and social activities in German.However, the impact of two World Wars and dominance of English resulted in the dramatic retraction of German from the middle of the twentieth century. Children were warned no...

Which Side of the Hyphen? Acculturation of German Immigrant Music into a Unique German-Queensland Musical Landscape

  • Mark Schuster
  • 08/19/2018 12:00
  • Eclipse Room

This presentation will focus on the research findings of a long-term study into the acculturation of music and song of the once extensive German-Queensland farming communities. The original music, song and dance repertoires were the extensive ‘cultural baggage’ of the mass migrations from the Germanic regions to southern Queensland from the 1850s to the early 1900s. Folksong, dance, accordion, brass band and zither traditions will be detailed and the geographic ‘songlines’ of these traditions wi...

Welcoming New Australians: the Lutheran experience for migrants after World War II

  • Janette Lange
  • 08/19/2018 14:00
  • Eclipse Room

At the end of World War II, one in every six refugees in Europe was Lutheran. Many Germans, Latvians, and Lithuanians sought a new home in Australia, and the Lutheran Church in Australia played a pivotal role in assisting their migration and resettlement. Almost overnight the Church found itself responsible for the provision of chaplaincy and immigration services, alongside the support of migrant pastors and the establishment of migrant congregations. Immigration records created by the Church’s ...

40.6% German!: how I discovered that, and what I now know about my German ancestry

  • Neil Renaud
  • 08/19/2018 14:00
  • Rumours Room

Three of the speaker's four grandparents have German ancestry (one is French Huguenot/German), and this presentation will outline where they all came from, how and when they came to Australia, and some interesting highlights (a murder, a suicide, a scalding to death).It will feature how information (Australian and German sources) was found, and how they have contributed to Australia, though none are famous. It will also explore the question of why the speaker's German heritage was  hidden or for...

In Search of Professor Lau: German Naturalist and Musician

  • Mark Schuster
  • 08/19/2018 15:30
  • W P Rogers Room

PRESENTATION: This talk will detail the extraordinary life of Hermann Lau who collected zoological specimens, documented early pioneering life and lived by performing German and colonial music in the Queensland and New South Wales bush during the 19th Century. He had two lengthy visits to Australia and eventually returned to the Fatherland in the late 1880s, after more than 40 years of zoological exploration. This is his story. ...

Power behind the pulpit – the Pastor’s wife

  • David Sweet
  • 08/19/2018 15:30
  • Eclipse Room

Eleven hours of interviews and ninety thousand words transcribed provides a rich and thick oral history of a Pastor’s wife. Vida Heinrich (1930-2016) was raised, went to school and married in Freeling (SA). She was the second eldest of five children to fourth generation (immigrant) German farmers. At twenty-one, (1951), she married recently ordained Lutheran Pastor, Dudley Liebelt and moved to outback Queensland. The role of a pastor’s wife in the second half of the 20th century was not easy. He...