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

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

University of Adelaide, Australia

GAGHA projects: What, why and how

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 18 August 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 ...

Die Tischler and their Australian legacy

  • James Bertouch
  • 18 August 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...

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

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

Folklorist and historian Mark Schuster ( 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...

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

  • Peter Mickan
  • 18 August 2018 16:00
  • 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
  • 19 August 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...