GAGHACon 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

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

University of Adelaide, Australia

Reception: Migration Museum

  • 17 August 2018 17:00

Join us for an informal evening at the Migration Museum for a drink and a chance to renew some acquaintances or make some new ones. The Museum will also offer guided tours (for a small fee: bookings essential) of their exhibition spaces. * * * * * * * * ...

Keynote:

  • 18 August 2018 09:20

Morning Break

  • 18 August 2018 11:10

Lunch

  • 18 August 2018 12:30

Afternoon Break

  • 18 August 2018 15:40

Panel Session: Australisches Deutschtum? (Eclipse Room)

  • 19 August 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

  • 19 August 2018 10:30

In search of my Prussian great grandfather

  • Peter Brinkworth
  • 19 August 2018 12:00
  • W P Rogers Room

I would like to offer a presentation on the process I used to discover the life and times of my great grandfather (Ernst Siekmann) who came to South Australia in 1853. I 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 I began to investigate his origins. It was not until 2002 when I had retired that I began my quest to discover who he was. That quest took me to lib...

Lunch

  • 19 August 2018 13:00

Afternoon Break

  • 19 August 2018 15:00

Conference Close

  • 19 August 2018 16:30

Workshop: Mapping German South Australia

  • Migration Museum
  • 17 August 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: Gedmatch Essentials

  • Cate Pearce
  • 17 August 2018 13:00
  • Margaret Murray 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
  • 17 August 2018 13:00
  • W P Rogers 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 limited places and must be pre-booked with your conference booking. ...

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

  • Janette Lange
  • 18 August 2018 13:30
  • W P Rogers 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 limited places and must be pre-boo...

My Friend's Irish Oma: Cultural Curiosities and Communication

  • Rachel Croucher
  • 18 August 2018 10:10
  • Margaret Murray Room

I was recently commissioned “to quickly delve” into a friend’s family tree because she knew “nothing useful” and wanted some stories of her Irish heritage to share with her growing brood of grandchildren. I soon learned her grandmother’s maiden name was "Fischer with a -C." This immediately fired up the German-speaking part of my brain. Further investigation revealed my friend's grandmother was one Augustina Wilhelmina Driemel, and not the Mary Murphy I had envisaged. She excitedly called her si...

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...

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...

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...

Using DNA for German Family History Research

  • Cate Pearce
  • 18 August 2018 13:30
  • Margaret Murray 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...

Nine Serendipitous Meetings

  • Frank Olivier
  • 18 August 2018 14:40
  • Margaret Murray 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. ...

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...

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. ...

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

  • Robert Heimann
  • 19 August 2018 10:50
  • Margaret Murray 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...

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

  • Adam Kauschke
  • 19 August 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
  • 19 August 2018 14:00
  • Margaret Murray 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...

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...

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