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 ...

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

  • Michael Watt
  • 18 August 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
  • 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...

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

  • Michael Wohltmann
  • 18 August 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...

'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...

Heimat Adelaide: Mapping German locations in the city

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 19 August 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. ...