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20-January-2013
20-January-2013
Photographs supplied by Dr Ross Bastiaan

Replica of plaque dedicated in 2010 in the Lutheran Church grounds in Neider-Weisel, Germany, in memory of those who had gone to Australia in the 1800's. This was due to the work of Kelvin Williams in Australia who had researched and written up the history of each person and family in both Victoria and in Nieder-Weisel.

The largest number of people to emigrate to Australia from any town in what is now Germany came to Victoria from Nieder-Weisel in the 1800's, a Lutheran village in the Country called Hesse. Nieder-Weisel had been mainly a fabric producing cottage industry village for ages. Now the English production of steam engines and big factories put the cottage industries out of business.

When news of the gold rushes came, many of the Nieder-Weisel folk made their way to England to catch 37 different ships to Melbourne in the 1850's. Others left on eight different ships from Hamburg. From Melbourne they walked to the goldfields, where they suffered difficulties and tragedies trying to survive and buy land.

Location

Address:Glenelg Highway (Brooke Street), Smythesdale, 3351
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.64468
Long: 143.685106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Designer:Dr Ross Bastiaan

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 20th January, 2013
Front Inscription

NIEDER- WIESELENS IN AUSTRALIA
(History in German and English)

(Plaque inscription in German and English)

This plaque was funded by Australian descendants and erected in Nieder-Wiesel in memory of their adventurous German ancestors. 
Co-ordinator, DON HAUSER, Melbourne

THE RESEARCH OF NIEDER-WIESEL  FAMILIES WHO MIGRATED TO AUSTRALIA IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY IS WHOLLY ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORK OF THE LATE KELVIN WILLIAMS, QUEENSLAND,  AUSTRALIA. 

ADAMI + BANG + BILL + BODENRODER + BROEK + DERN + DILGES + FETT + GIEBEL + GERLACH + GIEHL + HAINTZ + HAUB + HAUSER + HEINZ + HILDEBRAND + HENKELMANN + HOPTON + JUNG + KISSLER + KLEIN + KLIPPEL + KLOS + KNIPPER + KOCH + KOHLER + KRAUSGRILL + LEICHNER + LEMP + LENZ + LOH + MAAS + MATTHAUS + MULLER + PLOUGH + RUESS + REUTER + RICHTER + RIEGELHUTH + RUMPFF + SCHIMPF + SCHMIDT + SEIP + STUDT + VOLK + VORBACH + WETZEL + WILHELMI+ WINTER + WORNER + ZEISS + ZIEGLER + ZIMMER
Plaque Constructed by Ross J. Bastiann © 2011

Source: MA
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