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

08/17/2018 09:00 to 08/19/2018 17:00 (Australia/Adelaide)

University of Adelaide, Australia

Genealogy SA Research Centre Tour

  • 08/17/2018 10:00
  • SAGHS Library

Take a tour of the Library and Research Centre of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society to find just what German related records and indexes are available. This tour is limited to 10 people. ...

GAGHA projects: What, why and how

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/18/2018 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 ...

Nineteenth Century German linguistic thought and Australian Aboriginal languages

  • Clara Stockigt
  • 08/18/2018 14:40
  • W P Rogers Room

A substantial proportion of what is discoverable about the structure of the hundreds of Aboriginal languages that were spoken on the vast Australian continent before their post-colonial demise is contained in nineteenth-century grammars written by missionaries who had been trained in Germany and who spoke German as their first language. Lutheran missionaries were especially prolific, describing the grammatical structure of Kaurna, Ramindjeri, Barngarla, Diyari, Wangkangurru, Yandrruwandha, Arrer...

Eduard Grube's Australian Adventures: fact, fiction and exaggeration

  • Thomas A. Darragh
  • 08/19/2018 12:00
  • W P Rogers Room

The Hamburg born Eduard Grube arrived in Adelaide aboard the Victoria in 1849, aged 18. After many adventures in Adelaide and country South Australia, he joined the gold rushes in Victoria, then returned to Hamburg in 1854, where he wrote an account of his experiences. This account tells of his time as a hutkeeper, peddler in Adelaide, seaman, ship deserter, copper miner in the Mount Liverpool Mine, station cook, teacher in Port Lincoln, mounted policeman in Adelaide and gold digger in Victoria....

Johannes Menge: More than ‘The Father of South Australian Mineralogy’

  • Bernard O'Neil
  • 08/19/2018 14:00
  • W P Rogers Room

Johannes Menge was perhaps the most extraordinary character to reside in South Australia during its first 15 years of European settlement. Brilliant, erudite, eccentric, visionary and opinionated are some of the words used to describe this unusual mineralogist, linguist and philosopher. Though often portrayed as a drifter and a loner, Menge was a friendly, harmless soul of high intelligence who considered he was on a lifelong religious or mystical journey to a higher authority. His mineralogical...

The Biography of a German Chair: an object revealing trans-national connections and stories

  • Christeen Schoepf
  • 08/18/2018 13:30
  • Eclipse Room

The biography of the Mayoral chair of Port Pirie, South Australia, can tell the history of that locality. Through further examination of the people and events that have shared this biography, many stories can be told: German migration to the state; trans-national shipping; Hanseatic ship building; German forestry and timber movements; and, even legends of the Teutonic people. How? This chair was crafted from the remnants of the German barque Saturn by a German who had made a new life in South Au...