From France to Prussia and on to Australia - the Billiau Family
Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum
From France to Prussia and on to Australia - the Billiau FamilyPresented by Robert Heimann
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 both waves, having immigrated to Brandenburg from France via Pfalz in the 1680s and having left for Australia almost 200 years later. Thus this family can be taken as one of the best examples for showing how political and historical developments shaped migration processes in Europe during the course of two centuries.
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19 August 2018 10:50 (Australia/Adelaide)