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Prussian settlement in Victoria

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  • William Frederic Augustus Rucker (1807 - 1882)
    9 Mar 1882: Mr W F A Rucker, who died on the 2nd inst., was a very old colonist, having arrived at Port Phillip from Hanover in 1837. He went into business as a merchant in Market street, Melbourne, an...
  • Emma Haase (1840 - 1920)
    Migrated to Australia. Settled in Geelong, Victoria. Married to August Haase
  • August Hasse (1847 - 1883)
    As a child, he migrated to South Australia 26/1/1859 with his parents and siblings . Moved to Geelong, Victoria where he married and raised a family until his early death from tuberculosis at age of 35
  • Johann Taugott Noske (1834 - 1923)

Prussian (German, Polish, Slav, Russian, Wendish) settlement in Victoria Australia

Germans/Prussians began to settle in Australia in large numbers in 1838, with the arrival of immigrants from Prussia to South Australia, Victoria and Queeensland. German immigrants were prominent in settling South Australia and Queensland some disembarked in Victoria and others left South Australia and moved to Victoria due to drought. Between 1850 until World War I, German settlers and their descendants comprised the largest non-British or Irish group of Europeans in Australia.

Old Lutheran schism

By 1835 many dissenting Old Lutheran groups (see project for names list here) were looking to emigration as a means to finding religious freedom. Some groups emigrated to Australia and the United States in the years leading up to 1840. The latter emigration led to the formation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, today the second largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S.; and the Evangelical Synod of the West, a predecessor body of The United Church of Christ. The former emigration led to the eventual creation of the Lutheran Church of Australia (which was formed in 1966).

With the death of Frederick William III in 1840, King Frederick William IV ascended to the throne. He released the pastors who had been imprisoned, and allowed the dissenting groups to form religious organisations in freedom. In 1841 the Old Lutherans, who had stayed in Prussia, convened in a general synod in Breslau and founded the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Prussia, which merged in 1972 with Old Lutheran church bodies in other German states to become today's Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church (German: Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, or SELK). On 23 July 1845 the royal government recognised the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Prussia and its congregations as legal entities. In the same year the Evangelical Church in the Royal Prussian Lands reinforced its self-conception as the Prussian State's church and renamed into Evangelical State Church of Prussia (German: Evangelische Landeskirche Preußens).
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).
  • 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 Victoria, Australia. Please include their immediate offspring, as a complete family, but only those children who traveled. Couples should both be included, as they have different ancestors. Please also include those who moved to Victoria and died there.

Please use timeline events to record Immigration details

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