Additional Information regarding the Hahndorf Branch of the NTSA and its activities is available from the following:
National Trust of SA (NTSA)
Hahndorf Branch NTSA
Location: 20 Main Street, Hahndorf, South Australia 5245
Welcome to this site which is dedicated to the activities, trials and tribulations of the Hahndorf Branch of the National Trust of South Australia (NTSA). It is hoped that the contents of this site will be of considerable use to those with an interest in the heritage and history of Hahndorf, or with an interest in heritage values in general.
If you are at all interested in the History and Heritage of our town, then why not consider joining the Hahndorf NTSA Branch. You would be most welcome. Please contact the Secretary who will give you full details.
The Current Hahndorf Branch Committee
CHAIRPERSON: Annette Oien - mobile: 0451 030 357; email: [email protected]
SECRETARY: Anita Kerr
TREASURER: Lyndell Davidge - phone: (08) 8388 7495; email: [email protected]
COMMITTEE: Anni Luur Fox, Margaret Brook, Sue and Geoff Byham, Janet and Malcolm Kentish.
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
SA History Festival Walk - 2018
PRE-REGISTER to walk or register on the day - $15 (children under 16 free)
PRE-BOOK BUS to your starting point - $10
For registration, starting locations, times, maps and other details go to NTSA website: nationaltrust.org.au/event/hahndorf-pioneer-womens-walk
Enjoy a German sausage sizzle, along with other food and refreshments, all available for purchase whilst listening to music in the ‘autumn’ garden.
Discover the connections to Gleeson, Bishop Short, Samuel Davenport and the Hahndorf pioneer women.