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A monument commemorates Captain D. M. Hahn whose efforts led to the founding of the town of Hahndorf.

Hahn was born and died in the village of Westerland on the North Sea island of Sylt. He was not keen on doing the emigrant-voyage to South Australia, as his one previous experience of emigrants had not been enjoyable.

On 28 December 1838, nearly three years after the official proclamation of South Australia, Danish Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn arrived from Altona with his three masted ship Zebra of 350 tons built in 1818, a crew of sixteen and 188 passengers plus all their belongings. He helped the settlers buy land near Adelaide and they named Hahndorf after him.

The memorial was unveiled by Mr Homburg M.L.C during the centenary celebrations in 1939.
Chronicle (Adelaide) , 26th January 1939.


Address:Mount Barker Road, Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Hahndorf, 5245
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.027867
Long: 138.808551
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:25-January-1839


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1939
Front Inscription

To the memory of 
Captain D. M. Hahn 
of the "Zebra" 
Whose untiring efforts 
And whose agreement with 
Messrs. Dutton, Finnis, 
& Metcalfe on 
Jan 25th 1839 
Led to the founding of 


Source: MA
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