History of the German Community in the Clarence River District of New South Wales

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 204 pages
Author: G. Burkhardt & N. Mackey
Year: 1999
ISBN: 0646378732
Other: b&w photos, maps, bibliog, index
Publisher: Geoffrey Burhardt & Nola Mackey

During the mid-nineteenth century approximately 200 German immigrant families settled in the Clarence Valley of New South Wales. Most of them originated from the South Western States of Germany.

Some of these families did not stay in the Clarence River District for longer than a few years, but the majority of them settled permanently, and their descendants are still to be found in plentiful numbers living in and around the Clarence Valley today.

This book sets out to document the early history of this community of German Pioneers in Australia. It addresses such questions as who were they? Where did they come from? When did they arrive? Why did they come to the Clarence Valley? Who imported them and who employed them? Where did they live after they arrived in the Valley and what contribution did they make, individually and collectively to the life of nineteenth century Clarence River towns and villages.

The first part of this book deals with the general configurations of the Clarence River German families as a whole, their origins, their immigrations details, their occupations, and most importantly, the reasons for their settlement in the Clarence Valley. The second part is devoted to a brief genealogical profile of 195 of these German families. Note: the family profiles focus on the vital details of only the first generation of pioneer German families and their children. To take the genealogical profiles beyond this generation is outside the scope of this investigation.

Cost of book: $30.00 (inc postage within Australia)

Please order direct from the authors:
Geoffrey Burkhardt
11 Larakia Street, Waramanga, ACT 2611
 - or -
Nola Mackey
995 Clarence Way, Whiteman Creek, Grafton, NSW 2460


Part 1.
1. Documenting a Cohesive Community
2. The Context of German Immigration to New South Wales
3. The Places of Origin of the Clarence River German Immigrants
4. The Voyage Out
5. Religious Affiliations and Church Involvement
6. Settlement Pattern of German Families in the Clarence Valley
7. German Immigrant Involvement in Social and Civic Life
8. German Immigrant Involvement in Clarence District Trade
9. Integration and Diffusion
10. Families of German Origin During the Great War
11. Sources and Resources for Researching German Ancestors

Part 2.
Genealogical Profiles of German Immigrant Families to the Clarence River District 1850-1880
Bibliography and Reference Notes

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