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

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

  • Kayannie Denigan
  • 08/18/2018 16:00
  • 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...

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

  • Janette Lange
  • 08/19/2018 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 ...

Power behind the pulpit – the Pastor’s wife

  • David Sweet
  • 08/19/2018 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...