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Past Events

Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

by John Noack

Our annual Pleasant Sunday Afternoon commenced with a community lunch at 12.30 pm followed by a brief AGM. As this year marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Leichhardt, we heard about this famous German explorer and naturalist whose 184...

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Labour Day Weekend Tour

by John Noack / Joan Winter

The Grovedale and Freshwater Creek Tour, 9-10 March 2013

The Annual Tour of the Wendish Heritage Society to Grovedale and Freshwater Creek on 9-10 March 2013 was organized by June Winter and her family. Although the weather was hotter than ...

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A.I.G.S. Bendigo Area Family History Expo

by John Noack

This event was held from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, Sunday 17 March 2013, Leisure Centre, Browning St, Kangaroo Flat. Our president, John Noack represented the Wendish Heritage Society and served as a consultant at this well attended event. Many other g...

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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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Ziebell’s Farmhouse Open Garden

by Robert Wuchatsch

The historic Ziebell's Farmhouse Garden was included in Australia's Open Garden Scheme for the first time last year. The Garden was open from 10 am to 4.30 pm on both Sat. 17 and Sun. 18 November. This event was a resounding success, with 270 visitor...

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2012 Trek Luncheon at Austrian Club

by John Noack

Our Wendish Heritage Society's 2012 Trek Luncheon was held on Saturday 13 October 2012 at 12.30 pm at Melbourne's picturesque Austrian Club and Cultural Centre, located at 90 Sheehan Road in Heidelberg West (Melways 19 F/9). This trek Luncheon ena...

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Reunion of Descendants of Solway Passengers

by editor

Pauline Cockrill reported in The Islander, Kangaroo Island's local newspaper, that a very successful Reunion was held for the descendants of German pioneers who arrived at Kangaroo Island, South Australia aboard the Solway, 175 years ago in October 1...

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Wendish Wagon Wanderings

by John Noack, Helen Petschel-Walton

The 1852 Rosenthal to Hochkirch Wagon Trek Revisited

The 160th anniversary of the 1852 pioneering overland Trek from Rosedale, formerly Rosenthal and Hoffnungsthal in South Australia to Portland, Hamilton, Gnadenthal and Hochkirch in Wester...

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Wend/Sorb Tour to SA’s Lower North

by John Noack

This article by John Noack is based on [1] the Tour Itinerary and Notes prepared by the Tour Organising Committee from information made available at the Lutheran Archives and on [2] published books relating to the History of Lutherans in Australia an...

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Pleasant Sunday Afternoon

by Editor

This event was held on Sunday April 1, 2012. We began with a delicious community lunch at 12.30 pm followed by a brief AGM before hearing our guest speaker at 2.00 pm. Hans Schroeder spoke about German Lutherans in Russia. The venue was the Ivanho...

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