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"Hermann von Beckerath" (Barque) - German Emigrants to South Australia - 1847

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The barque Hermann von Beckerath, 580 tons, Captain Kahle, from Bremen, Germany 18th July 1847, via Rio de Janeiro, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 15th December 1847

South Australian Register Saturday 18th December 1847 Wednesday December 15th, 1847:- the barque Hermann von Beckerath, 580 tons, Kahle, Master, from Bremen via Rio de Janeiro. Passengers: Geo. St. Bruhn and lady ; C.A. Sobels and lady ; Mrs. Newmann ; F.A. von Voss ; Friedolphus Witte ; W.O. Gerke ; M.L. Bodenmann ; Emilius Wentzel ; Miss Lisinka Nehrlich ; Ferdnd. Miller (Ferdinand von Müller) and two sisters ; H. Heuzenroeder and sister ; Thierry Friedhoff ; Ferdinand Oswald ; Miss Emma Sobels ; George Drooge and Dr. Julius Pabst, surgeon-superintendent in the cabin and 270 emigrants in the steerage.

Letter... Bremen 20 July 1847

Your Excellency will receive here enclosed list of passengers per Beckerath, Landed by Captain Kahle, who I beg leave to introduce and solicits in his favour the kind perception of Y.E. and the Government Officers under Y. E. command. I had the honour the receive the kind letter of Y. E. private secretary Mr. O’Halloran being testimony of the property and good conduct of the German Immigrants and encouraging any endeavour to promote the happiness of such as may desirer to follow in procuring them the opportunity To do so.

I have accordingly chartered two ships of the larger class of this port, which will convey six hundred useful settlers to your shores, one halve of will onboard the present ship and the other half will follow next month on the ship Gellert. Captain Siedenberg, accompanies by Revered Philip Oster of the Lutheran Church of Posen desire of forming a village in a appropriate part of Y. E. Province.

The Present expedition comprises a party of 31 miners with their families, Farmers, shepherds, Mechanics and Agriculturist. And among the Baden passengers two architect, W. Wenzel who has been employed in Rebuilding city of Hamburg, and Mr. Geibert who was instrumental in completing the railway from Copenhagen to Rothschild. He wishes to be employed I a simular manner in South Australia and to lay before Y. E. his testaments and designs.

I also beg leave to recommend to Y.E. kind patronage two individuals Wetzel and Kornhard, who carry with them a printing establishment to print a German paper to serve as an interpreter of Y.E. Government and to be a medium of intelligence between the English and German population of the Colony, having advertisement in both languages.

Should they need some assistance on the part of the Government to open a list of subscribers I ask that Y.E. will grant the same in consideration of the office, which that powerful engine will have in promoting German Emigration to South Australia.

I have thankfully received the official returns of which Y.E. predecessor ordered a copy to be transmitted to me, which are immediately republished here for the information of a numerous public interested in the subject and soliciting a kind Continuance of the simular favour.

I have the honour to be

Your Excellency’s Most obedient servant Edward Delius


Hermann von Beckerath Group - 1847

Early German immigrants were instrumental in the creation of the South Australian wine industry. One of the earliest wine makers, whose descendants still produce wine, was Carl August Sobels. Born in Dresden in 1802, he arrived in South Australia on the Hermann von Beckerath in 1847. At first he farmed at Macclesfield before moving to Tanunda where he produced table wines. After his death in 1863 the business was conducted by his son Ferdinand.

By the mid-1840s, the German community in South Australia had become large enough to warrant its own German-language newspaper. In 1847, the first German newspaper in Australia, Die Deutsche Post, was founded in Adelaide.

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