Before the South Australian government in 1917 closed 47 schools in the Barossa Valley, the common practice in those schools was to teach lessons in German in the morning and English in the afternoon. The decision to close the schools was not on educational grounds, but on political. The slaughter of young men in World… Continue reading Public Meeting in August: Is it Time for the Return of Bilingual Teaching?
KinderKlub Barossa – our German class for kids KinderKlub is a fun German class for primary school aged kids with an interest in the German language and culture, organised by the Barossa German Language Association (BGLA). It is the ideal environment for young Barossans to get in touch with their German heritage, for resident… Continue reading KinderKlub Barossa – our German class for kids
The winter 2021 edition Das Blatt is available now. Thank you Gerlinde and Sarah for putting together the German and English newsletter of the Barossa German Language Association.
We are inviting our Barossa German friends to come along to the Langmeil Centre in Tanunda for an afternoon of German talk, coffee and cake and a presentation of a guest speaker. New members and visitors are always welcome. Our guest speaker in June will be John Geber, proprietor of Chateau Tanunda. John is talking… Continue reading Kaffee und Kuchen June 2021
Celebrating the skills of our German ancestors by John Clarke It is a common perception that the Germans who emigrated to South Australia between 1838 and 1866 were peasants of farming stock who had made the dangerous sea voyage to escape religious persecution. While that description fits many who in 1838 followed Pastor August Kavel… Continue reading History seminar great success
We are inviting our Barossa German friends to come along to the Langmeil Centre in Tanunda for an afternoon of German talk, coffee and cake and a presentation of our guest speaker. In May we welcome Ally and Dieter Hauptmann for a lighthearted introduction to the balalaika and Russian Folk music. New members and visitors… Continue reading Kaffee und Kuchen May 2021
The Barossa German Language Association Inc. invites you to their annual Barossa Lantern walk (Laternenlauf in German) – a favourite German family tradition. The after dark family event will be held on Saturday the 24th of July 2021 in Nuriootpa. The idea is that the German speaking community celebrates this as a cultural family event and everyone… Continue reading Barossa Lantern Walk 2021
If you know anyone who might be interested in one of our German classes, Term 2 is a good time to come along and find out what our various groups are for. It’s a lot of fun and Wir sprechen Deutsch. Gundi’s adult classes meet Fridays and Saturdays, while little kids and their carers meet Tuesday… Continue reading German classes for kids Term 2
At the height of the Covid19 lockdown last year, Judy Gillett- Ferguson decided to write a novel. Not a task to be taken lightly when you are in your eighties! She had seen a photographic exhibition a few years earlier at the Barossa Regional Gallery in Tanunda that had made her think about what the… Continue reading Gawler writer’s WW1 novel set in the Barossa Valley
by John Clarke When you looked at me with those blue eyes, I knew that you loved me. When you left that day, I just wanted to cry and cry, but I was not permitted to let anyone know .. But now you are mine after a long battle. If it had been my decision… Continue reading A Story of Love, Dedication and Endurance