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Golden Wedding Anniversary

by Glenys Wollermann

Congratulations to Kevin and Del Zwar, who are celebrating 50 happy years of marriage on 30 September. Delrose Zwar (nee Heinrich) grew up in World’s End, near Burra in South Australia. Kevin often says, “I had to go to the end of the world to fi...

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New Venue for our Society

by Editor

We have moved from the Ivanhoe Lutheran Church (which has been sold) to St Aidan's, a former Anglican Church, which has a storage area for our Library, as well as a hall, meeting room and kitchen. We moved to this new venue in April. 2014. St Aidan's...

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Jakob Gruhl visits Wendish Library

by John Noack

On Saturday, 25 January 2014, the Society was pleased to receive a visit from Jakob Gruhl, a young man from Bautzen, currently holidaying in Australia. Australia, with its open spaces, continues to attract many backpackers from Germany, including ...

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Sale of Livingstone Street church property

by John Noack

The Lutheran Church property at 27 Livingstone Street, Ivanhoe, Victoria, was sold by auction on Friday, 11th October 2013. It goes without saying that this was a sad event for the small congregation of the church. It is also a signifiant event for o...

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Nieder-Weisel Plaque for Victorian Goldfields

by Kevin Zwar

The largest number of people to emigrate to Australia from any town in what is now Germany came to Victoria from Nieder Weisel in the 1800's, a Lutheran village in the Country called Hesse. The village had 2,300 inhabitants in the 1800's, until over ...

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Sign unveiled at Rosedale, South Australia

by Editor

Click to download a copy of the story. Rosedale Sign Unveiling...

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Visitors from Lusatia

by John Noack

On Sunday, 5th August 2012, our society's research library received a visit from two German academics, Sebastian Kurtenbach and Elisa Ribbe. The visit was a very pleasant surprise, and was motivated by the fact that Elisa is of Wendish heritage - her...

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Sorbian Grammar School, Bautzen

by Alfons Frencl

[as emailed to the Wendish Heritage Society] The Sorbian Grammar School in Bautzen organized a school project about Australia. They visited Herrnhut (Moravian Brethren). At the Museum of Ethnology there they learned about the Aborigines. Alfons...

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Newspaper clippings

by [unknown]

The following is an occasional collection of (mostly Melbourne) newspaper clippings:

Steiner Silverware on Sale

Silverware items designed and made by Steiner of South Australia were included in a Selling Exhibition organised by antique dea...

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Wendish Family History Books for USA

by Geoff Saegenschnitter

During 2009, I embarked on a project to collect Australian family history publications of Wendish origin that families were prepared to donate to the Texas Wendish Heritage Society in Serbin, Texas USA. We had an overwhelming response and my wife ...

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