The Hahndorf Branch of the National Trust of South Australia
20 Main Street, Hahndorf, South Australia 5245
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Welcome to this site which is dedicated to the activities, trials and tribulations of the Hahndorf Branch of the National Trust of South Australia.
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Also, the National Trust of South Australia Web-Site gives overall details of the Trust's activities within the State.
An easy 25 minute drive along the South Eastern Freeway from Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, the old village of Hahndorf has weathered many conflicts since settlement by East German religious refugees in 1839.
This act of faith was in itself a drama of epic proportions, now well documented in family and institutional histories of the district and the Lutheran Church.
The first German village was established at Klemzig, South Australia in 1838. By the 1880's it was demolished, leaving Hahndorf as the oldest surviving Germanic settlement in the nation. It is also Australia's oldest planned migrant town.
Hahndorf is still graced with the best examples of German craftsmanship and construction in Australia, largely due to changes in public attitudes to the cultural value of such old buildings since the 1970's. Unfortunately, the rare and very early structures that survive are still in danger.
Professionals tend to devalue them as being uncraftsmanlike which, in our view, is their very best attribute if we are to gain understanding of what it was like to be an early settler of scant financial means. For those willing to look, the village itself tells a story of human struggles in a foreign land and gradual assimilation into an Australian way of life through inter-reaction between cultures.
(Anni Luur Fox)