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1854 Kleinwelka Bell Order

by Robert Wuchatsch

Our last newsletter included an article by Robert Wuchatsch on the mystery of the bell ordered from Kleinwelka (near Bautzen) in 1854.  Mrs Gertrud Mahling of Bautzen, author of Shores of Hope: Wends go Overseas, discovered the bell order d...

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Research news March 2016

by Kevin P. Zwar

Overseas enquiries

There are still a few enquiries from overseas. In a recent one from Germany the enquirer had a copy of an 1860's marriage certificate, recording a marriage that was held in a home in Melbourne...

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Windish / Slovenes in Hungary: A response

by Martin Brützke

This weekend I finally managed to read last September’s edition of the “Wendish news”.  In the research section I read the correspondence between Mr. Zwar and two gentlemen from Germany about the different meanings of the terms wen...

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Windish / Slovenes in Hungary

by Kevin Zwar

In July, 2016 I received the following query from Tibor Hoat and Joël Gerber of Germany:

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen While searching for Windish/Slovene communities and people dealing with Windish/Slovene language, culture and history...

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Query re 1854 Kleinwelka Bell Order

by Rob Wuchatsch

Mrs Gertrud Mahling of Bautzen, author of Shores of Hope: Wends go Overseas, contacted me recently to ask if we knew which group of Wends in Australia ordered a bell from a foundry at Kleinwelka in Saxony in 1854. She discovered the bell order...

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Ben Nevis: Australian Emigrant Packet-Ship

by Ed Koch

During our Society's recent Research Sunday at our Wendish Library in Ivanhoe, some members were sorting out precious clippings, pictures and a range of other materials saved over a number of years. Then something special turned up that brought the c...

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Treasure at the Bautzen Archives

by Robert Wuchatsch

In June 2008 I revisited the Bautzen Archives (Archiv Verbund Stadtarchiv/Staatfilialarchiv Bautzen) to continue my Wuchatsch family history research, a project I have been working on for almost 40 years. My interest in family history was stimulated ...

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Recommended Books on Wends in Australia

by Kevin Zwar

"From Hamburg to Hobsons Bay: German Emigration to Port Phillip"

For a detailed and excellent book on the migration of Germans and Wends to Victoria in Australia I'd recommend the following book: From Hamburg to Hobsons Bay: German...

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New CD on Goldfields

by Di Cummings

"SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GOLDSEEKERS at the VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS 1851-1853" is intended to be a companion to "BOUND FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA: PASSENGERS 1836-1851" both compiled by Di Cummings. During September and October 1851, the SA REGISTER featured REPOR...

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Kappler Records

by Kevin Zwar

A useful collection of early Australian marriage and baptism records now on CD One of the objectives of the Wendish Heritage Society is to assist people who are interested in researching their Wendish or German heritage. The Society is fortunate t...

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