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

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...

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...

Nine Serendipitous Meetings

  • Frank Olivier
  • 18 August 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. ...

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

  • Robert Heimann
  • 19 August 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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Emigration from Hamburg to Australia in the 19th century

  • Andrea Bentschneider
  • 19 August 2018 15:30
  • Rumours Room

Emigrants from Germany to Australia during the 19th century needed a have number of traits: a lot desperation, persistence and mental strength but also a lot of hope about changing their lives at the end of the world. After a brief insight into the German history of emigration and the general emigration patterns within Europe, this presentation will show the reasons for emigration, provides detailed information on costs and lengths of the voyage. It  will also focus on the inhuman...