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Hahn Bust
Hahn Bust

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A bust of Captain D. M. Hahn commemorates the naming of Hahndorf.

Hahndorf's history is connected to the arrival at Port Adelaide, on 28 December, 1838 of the 344 ton ship, Zebra, under the control of Captain Dirk Hahn. He was impressed by his passengers to such a point that upon their arrival in South Australia he was determined to help them. Although a Dane it is he who is honoured with his name being the basis of the town's name.

The ship was carrying 187 German immigrants. For a time the immigrants lived in tents at Port Adelaide then Hahn came to an agreement to rent 150 acres of land (this was the present site of Hahndorf) which would be divided up so there was 38 acres for living quarters and the rest for farming. Later the grant was expanded to 240 acres.


Address:Mount Barker Road, Pioneer Memorial Gardens, Hahndorf, 5245
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.027826
Long: 138.808751
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 15th August, 1982
Front Inscription

Captain Dirk Meinertz Hahn

1804 - 1860

Memorial to commemorate the naming of Hahndorf.

Bust donated by Hahndorf Burgermeister Otto Sames and his wife Anna

Unveiled by the Lieutenant Governor Sir Condor Laucke K.C.M.G.

15th Aug. 1982

Source: MA
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