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Romanticism, Culture and Migration

Aspects of nineteenth-century German migration to Australia after German Unification- A case study of the diary and life of Adolph Würfel 1854-1914

Kathrine Reynolds

This work provides an understanding of the large worldwide migrations of the German-speaking people from the seventeenth to twenty-first century. By examining cultural aspects of the German-speaking diaspora such as art, music, literature, and work practices, a complex case is presented to understand wanderlust as it exists in the German mind, and its capacity to stimulate migration. The work also investigates the transfer of culture from the country of origin to the settler culture through the migrant and demonstrates the positive benefits of migration and the subtlety of cross-cultural transfer.
The study uses the diary of Adolph Würfel to provide a detailed insight into the mind of one individual, his education and the culture he brings with him from Europe to his new country, Australia, in 1876. It shows in detail, with concrete examples, how the transfer of culture occurs between the confines of Würfel’s own life and his new country over a forty-year period.

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Appendix 1: Würfel’s Family Tree 119

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119 Appendix 1: Würfel’s Family Tree Gustav Adolph Oswald Würfel1 m (1) (1893 Forbes2) Mary Livingstone (nee Dalgleish) (1854–19143) (1872–1900 at Dubbo) (parents John E. and Mary Dalgleish) – 1894 Oswald Eric (Dubbo) (18 November 1894)4 m (1917) Gertrude Conolly 1 Born on 25 March (baptised on 9 April in Schlottnig near Liegnitz in Silesia (now Zlotniki near Legnica, in Poland), father (Christian Gottlieb Würfel) was manager of the brick kiln which still exists in Schlottnig. Mother was Marie Louise nee Neumann. Godparents were Miss Johanna Louise Freudenberg from Liegnitz, Mrs Louise Lafeldt from Hochkirk, Wilhelm Kallert (bricklayer) and Wilhelm Freudenberg (shoemaker) from Koischwitz and Gottlob Röhrich (miller) from Koischnau and Wilhelm Engler, farmer, from Quolsdorf. 2 This marriage (certificate 1893/003325) was celebrated on 12 September 1893 at Tichborne, Forbes, between Gustav Adolph Oswald Würfel, bachelor and ac- countant of Dubbo, and Mary Livingstone Dalgleish, spinster, living with mother at Tichborne, Forbes. Her father was John Dalgleish (a witness to the marriage) and her mother Elisabeth Dalgleish (also a witness). Today there is very little at Tichborne except a house and a silo, and a bus stop. 3 The death certificate (1914/001414) of Gustav Adolph Oswald Würfel stated that he died on the 8 January 1914 at Fitzroy Street, Dubbo and that he was an orchardist. He died from atheroma of the aorta (heart disease) and heart failure that had existed for more than a year. He was aged 59 years. His...

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