Kaffee und Kuchen

Das Kaffee und Kuchen Treffen ist ein gemütliches Zusammensein zur Pflege der deutschen Sprache. Es findet jeden letzten Montag im Monat im Langmeil Centre, 7 Maria Street in Tanunda statt. 
Neue Mitglieder und Besucher sind stets willkommen. 

Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) meetings are held on the last Monday of the month. Each month we meet to listen to a guest speaker, to join in speaking German and to enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen! We meet in the Langmeil Centre, 7 Maria Street, Tanunda. New members and visitors are always welcome.

  • Ev Leske with John Strehlow

A big thank you to all speakers who presented at Kaffee und Kuchen in Tanunda so far. Here is a (incomplete) list of previous speakers.

2021 speakers: 

October 2021: Doreen von Linde, Barossa Bushgardens

September 2021: Christian Frenzel, Master Cathedral Stonemason

August 2021: Dr Margareta Velichova Rebelos talked about Connecting play and speech with learning to read and write in two languages and Dr Peter Mickan, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide updated us on Benefits of bilingual education.

June 2021: John Geber – The proprietor of Chateau Tanunda spoke of his background, his career, his move to the Barossa and his vision for the region’s future.

May 2021: Ally and Dieter Hauptmann – a lighthearted introduction to the balalaika and Russian Folk music

April 2021: Judy Gillett- Ferguson, author of the novel „The German Teacher“ set in the Barossa in 1917

March 2021: John Strehlow and his topic is “Frieda Strehlow geb. Keyßer – Perspektive einer Missionarsfrau.”

February 2021: Karneval – celebrating Fasching with a lunch, dress ups and reminiscing German Karneval traditions here and overseas.

2020 speakers

November 2020: Vanessa Kreusch – the language assistant for the German department at Adelaide University talked about her hometown Trier.

October 2020: Darrel Maczkowiac talked about growing up under the influence of his German / Lutheran heritage and his research for the Maczkowiack family history book.

September 2020: Historical consultant Dr Pauline Payne chairs both the History of Science, Ideas and Technology Group (SA) and the German Heritage Research Group. Her topic: The Schomburgk family and their legacy to S.A. in gardening, farming, community affairs and the arts.

2019 speakers

September 2019: Robert Pfitzner, descended from German immigrants in the nineteenth century and passionate about his German heritage. His topic: Deutschtum in Robertstown.

August 2019: Sofia Gruca: language, Heimat and Identity. Sofia was DAAD Teaching Assistant at the German Department, Adelaide University.

April 2019: Ursula Goetz The German teacher talked about life in a remote Aboriginal community. She lived for 5 years in Pipalyatjara (our most remote AborCommunity) and one year in Mimili. 

January 2019: Kateryna Katsman talked about her PhD at the University of Adelaide with the topic “Das Barossadeutsch – Heritage Language. Language documentation and analysis”. This project documents Barossa German through several interviews with the remaining speakers and investigates the language in use in naturally occurring social contexts. Reto cooked a lunch and SBS filmed the session for an episode of “Where Are You Really From?”.

2018 speakers

October 2018: Carsten Rostalsky – The German pastor was visiting from Dahme/ Mark in Brandenburg and talked about his life between East and West (Germany), his international church connections with Korea and the reason for his interest in Aboriginal languages and Gottlieb Teichelmann. 

September 2018: Matt Kowald, General Manager, Residential Care Services in the Barossa Village will talk to us about the very successful Kaffee und Kuchen gatherings held each month for German speakers and other interested residents. Community speakers of German join with Barossa Village residents in sharing experiences, singing songs and hymns and chatting in German.

August 2018: Christine Winter, Matthew Flinders Fellow in history and Associate Professor at Flinders University is a historian whose work connects Australia, German speaking Europe and the Pacific.

June 2018: Professor Kleanthes K. Grohmann (University of Cyprus & CAT Lab), “Gestatten, Grohmann — Apropos ‘multi’: Familie, Arbeit, Sprache, Kultur”

March 2018: Mary Quigley

February 2018: Ben Hollister

2017 speakers

November 2017: Magdalini Dritsou, DAAD Language Assistant

Dr Wolfgang Preiss, geologist

May 2017: Professor Peter Mühlhäusler

April 2017: Stephan Knoll, State Member for Schubert. The Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency and Correctional Services talked about his business experience in the family firm Barossa Fine Foods and his German family background.

Chris Hall spoke of his recently published book Wild Barossa: How plants, people and wildlife connect.

Michael Wohltmann spoke about his book A Future Unlived, a history of the interment of German enemy aliens on Torrens Island and the marginal- ization of Germans in South Aus- tralia from 1914 to 1924.

2016 speakers

Angela Heuzenreuder