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German settlement in Australia

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German settlement in Australia

Germans began to settle in Australia in large numbers in 1838, with the arrival of immigrants from Prussia to Adelaide, South Australia. German immigrants were prominent in settling South Australia and Queensland. Between 1850 until World War I, German settlers and their descendants comprised the largest non-British or Irish group of Europeans in Australia.

To break this project in to States and minor Ethnic Groups could hinder its effectiveness, after tracing families, it has been noticed that:

  • Brothers would sometimes go to different States (and Countries).
  • Because of drought in South Australia, some moved on to Victoria.
  • Marriages were mostly within the known language and heritage, but, not always, some married English and Irish. These families should be included in the project.

What Profiles To Add?

Profiles where the family originated from Prussia and Germany, including "via" other countries and settled in Australia. You may include their immediate offspring, as a complete family, but it is not necessary. Couples should both be included, as they have different ancestors.

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  • This project is included in "History Link", if you have not seen how easily you can see who you are related to in history, visit that project HERE and add projects to it HERE
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  • Photo of Eden Valley kindly supplied by the South Australian Library.