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

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

  • David Parker
  • 18 August 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
  • 18 August 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...

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

  • Kayannie Denigan
  • 19 August 2018 10:50
  • 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...

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

  • Robert Heimann
  • 19 August 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 ...

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...

Power behind the pulpit – the Pastor’s wife

  • David Sweet
  • 19 August 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...