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By Peter Monteath

From Beehive nook and Bert Flugelman's polished balls in Rundle Mall to the vineyards, church buildings and cemeteries of the Barossa Valley, tangible symptoms of South Australia's Germans are far and wide to be noticeable. Too frequently, even if, "the Germans" are considered as a unmarried crew within the state's historical past. in actual fact extra complicated and fascinating. those that got here in the course of the colony's first many years ordinarily spoke a typical language, yet have been divided by means of changes of state, tradition and sophistication. They have been farmers from Silesia and Brandenburg, missionaries from Dresden, liberals from Berlin, retailers from Hamburg, miners from the Harz mountains or erudite graduates from the very best universities on the planet. They introduced an miraculous number of wisdom and skills, and have been destined to make a distinction in lots of fields. No much less assorted were the studies in their descendants and more moderen arrivals. Germans were praised as version voters, at the same time over-achievers. yet now and then they've got additionally been accused of divided loyalties or barefaced treachery. The essays accrued right here discover the a number of origins, reviews and contributions of Germans in South Australia over a few one hundred seventy five years. half social gathering and half sober evaluation, this e-book is helping make feel of South Australia today.

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