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Germans in Queensland

150 Years


Edited By Andrew Bonnell and Rebecca Vonhoff

This collection of essays considers the contribution made by German settlers in Queensland over the last century and a half of the state’s history. The volume also analyses the role of other German travellers and visitors who have had an impact on the state. Over this period, Germans have been the most important non-British European settler population in Queensland. The work includes chapters on Germans in politics, science, music and the other arts, as well as German migrants, missionaries, and attitudes to the Australian tropics.


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Introduction. Andrew G. Bonnell and Rebecca Vonhoff


Introduction Andrew G. Bonnell and Rebecca Vonhoff In 2009, the state of Queensland celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniver- sary of its existence as a distinct political entity. Upon Queen Victoria’s blessing in 1859, the then colony of Queensland was formed by separating the northern part of the colony of New South Wales. By 1891, there were 14,900 persons liv- ing in Queensland who were born in Germany, making Germans one of the most significant groups of non-British settlers.1 The Queensland German community, and individuals of German descent, would continue to play a significant part in the history of the colony and state throughout the following century. The 2009 sesquicentenary year saw a range of commemorations. At the University of Queensland, site of a number of previous conferences and symposia on German- Australian history over the years, it was decided within the history discipline that it would be timely to mark the occasion with a workshop that would provide an opportunity for scholars to discuss the current state of research on German- Australian history taking the example of the German community in Queensland. The response to the call for papers was gratifying, with participants coming not only from the University of Queensland and elsewhere in Brisbane, but also from interstate and even Germany. This volume is based on a selection of the papers presented at that workshop, augmented by a couple of other contributions from scholars in the field. Since Germans settled in Queensland (arriving even before the...

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