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SA’s History Festival Seminar in May: German Settlers’ Trades & Skills in Colonial South Australia

Something for your diary: The Barossa German Language Association together with the Lutheran Archives and the German Heritage Research Group is conducting a one day Seminar on 29th May 10am-4pm at the Langmeil Centre, Maria St Tanunda: German Settlers’ Trades & Skills in Colonial South Australia

As the power of German trade guilds declined artisans migrated to South Australia in search of a livelihood. German archival documents detail their training and experiences. The skilled carpenters, stone-masons, shoemakers, butchers, midwives, blacksmiths and servants settled in local communities. Family stories reveal the place of their skills in rural settlements, their achievements and disappointments in city and country. Presenters describe in brief papers the migration, training and experiences of the artisans.

The Speaker will be telling stories about wellknown Barossa families like Juers, Steinborner, Zwar, Weckert, Mickan, Faehrmann, Boettger,Hoffmann, Leditschke and Wallent. Their forebears being skilled tradesmen who brought their skills to South Australia. The talks will be in English.

To help the organisers, we urge you to book early.

The fee is $40 which includes Lunch, morning & afternoon tea. Bookings required by phone or email through the Lutheran Archives, (08) 8340 4009 or