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German History Day
The 2nd German History attracted more than 80 guests to the Brisbane German
Club. Moderated by Dr Heidi Kneebone, three speakers provided complementary
insights into the rich history of Germans in Queensland.
The event was kicked-off with welcome messages by the President of the
German Club, Monika Kortz, the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of
Germany, Prof Michael Rosemann, and the German Consul-General Peter Silberberg, visiting from Sydney.
It was a great pleasure to have a number of distinguished guests in the audience
including the former Honorary Consul Detlef Sulzer, the President of the German
Australian Community Centre Queensland Louise Moeller, the former Minister
for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker, the
grand-daughter of Eugen Hirschfeld who is the former Honorary Consul from 1906, Roisin Goss,
and John and Honey Heussler, both descendants of the former Honorary Consul from 1880
The first presentation was conducted by Prof Michael Rosemann who provided
an overview about the History of the German Honorary Consul in Brisbane since
1855 when Georg Appel was appointed as the Consul for Hamburg. Together
with his presentation he launched a 16 page booklet outlining the detailed
history and details to each Consul. You can download this booklet here or contact
the Consulate for a printed copy. The slides of his presentation can be found here.
The second presenter of the day was Blair Allsop, a Brisbane Greeter and well-
known from his TV and radio performances. Blair covered the impact of Germans
in Queensland and pointed to references that are still visible. The title of his
presentation was ‘It started with pineapples’ and the audience was amazed to
learn a lot about the hidden connections between Germany and this tropical
fruit. Download his slides here.
Finally, Robin Kleinschmidt spoke about Bethania: A unique community among
German settlers in 19th century Queensland. The story of the German community on the
Logan River was fascinating, from its arrival, its agricultural adventures to its
challenges and long-term impact. You can find his slides here.
A panel discussion with the three presenters covering existing signs of Germany
in today’s Brisbane, the German-Australian experiences during the two world
wars and other topics consolidated the afternoon.
In summary, the 2nd German History Day has been another successful event and
no doubt you will find it again in the calendar of Brisbane German Week 2019. SBS German Radio summarised the History Day in a 10 minutes documentation, which
can be found here.