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German Migration to Australia and Using the collections of the Lutheran Archives

November 12 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$20.00 – $30.00

German Migration to Australia

Who were the first Germans in Australia? When and how did they arrive? This Cook’s Tour of nearly 200 years of Germans arriving in Australia will give a good foundation to understanding the push and pull factors, routes and peoples who made German and Germans the largest ethnic group after migrants from the British Isles. 

Looks at the various waves, groups and schemes that involved Germans and German speakers to migrate to the various colonies of Australia and the impact that they had on society in Australia. Covers the Penal colonies, the first communities, Harz Miners, 48ers, Sorbs/Wends, Bounty and Migration schemes in NSW, QLD, Tas, and SA, inter-war migrants and post war migrants. This is a one hour presentation and helps researchers to understand the diversity of ‘Germans’ and how knowing when and where people arrived can help narrow down where they originated from and why they came to Australia.

Using the collections of Lutheran Archives

Lutheran Archives is the only national religious archive in Australia. With a mandate to preserve the story of the Lutheran Church in Australia, in all its forms, it has developed a diverse collection that can help researchers uncover many facets of history beyond church register entries.

The presentation will look at the various collections that the archive holds – synod, district, mission, parish papers, biographical, congregation, books, periodicals, photographs and AV – and outline the information that can be found within each collection, with a family history focus. Examples of documents and media will be used to illustrate the collection. There will also be a section of how to research at the archive remotely, and how to best communicate queries.


The Presenter:

Ben Hollister

has been a professional historian since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He currently owns and operates History Helper, a historical research business. His research work focuses on German-Australian migration research, general family history services, and specialist family history services for adoption and Stolen Generation cases. He also offers education, mentoring and publishing services to other researchers, and historical tours, presentations and digital literacy mentoring to the general public. Ben has provided professional services to the AIATSIS Family History Unit and the US production of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. He also currently contracted as a Reference Archivist with Lutheran Archives.


Ben was the co-convenor of the Germanic & Continental European SIG of Genealogy SA from 2014 – 2019 and also founded and served as Executive Officer of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers. He was a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) from 2016 – 2020.


Ben is a Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association and a member of the Australian Society of Archivists. He holds tertiary qualifications in information management, educational management, and applied history, and vocational qualifications in business management, and event management and design. He also speaks and teaches regularly at a state, national and international level, including the International German Genealogy Conference, Family History Down Under events, APG Professional Management Conference and Legacy Family History Webinars.


This event will be recorded for those that have paid to attend to view for the next month

Sale of these tickets will end on Friday 11th November at 3pm

Link for the event will be sent out of Friday 11th November after 4pm



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GSQ/QFHS Members: German Migration to Australia
GSQ/QFHS Members: German Migration to Australia and Using the collections of the Lutheran archives Tickets close at 3pm Friday 11 November and link sent out after 4pm
$ 20.00
95 available
Non-Member: German Migration to Australia
Non-Member: German Migration to Australia and Using the collections of the Lutheran Archives. Tickets close at 3pm Friday 11 November and link sent out after 4pm
$ 30.00
95 available


November 12
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$20.00 – $30.00
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QLD Australia


(07) 3349 6072
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