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

Workshop: Mapping German South Australia

  • Migration Museum
  • 08/17/2018 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...

German Migration to Australia: A (very) Brief History

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/18/2018 10:10
  • Rumours Room

Who were the first Germans in Australia? When and how did they arrive? This Cook's Tour of nearly 200 years of Germans arriving in Australia will give a good foundation to understanding the push and pull factors, routes and peoples who made German and Germans the largest ethnic group after migrants from the British Isles. ...

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

  • Michael Watt
  • 08/18/2018 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...

Nine Serendipitous Meetings

  • Frank Olivier
  • 08/18/2018 14:40
  • Rumours 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. ...

Heimat Adelaide: Mapping German locations in the city

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 08/19/2018 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
  • 08/19/2018 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 ...

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 ...