Waltzes, Wurst and Wine: Adventures in Search of German-Queensland

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

Waltzes, Wurst and Wine: Adventures in Search of German-Queensland

Presented by Mark Schuster
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 for these traditions – some of which are still very ‘German’, but many of which have transformed into very unique ‘German-Queensland’ traditions. He will take you along on his journey into a 'kulturscape', which is fast disappearing in Queensland.

About the Speaker

Mark Schuster has spent over thirty years investigating, recording, documenting and performing the rural German-Queensland folk culture. Much of his time has been spent with the German-Queensland farming community. His knowledge of the customs, folklore and music of these unique German-Queensland enclaves is unrivalled and today he is a custodian and descendant documenting the tail-end of these many traditions before they disappear. He has written self-published books, including the 'Singing Farmers', appeared on ABCs Australian Story and has performed at hundreds of functions and festivals. Mark is also a master of that most 'German' of Queensland bush instruments - the squeezebox (button accordion).

Practical Info

18 August 2018 11:30 (Australia/Adelaide)
1 hour
W P Rogers Room