LOCATION:     Corner Balhannah Road and Church Street, Hahndorf

St Michaels  in 1920 at the 90th Anniversary of the Hahndorf Lutheran congregation, and the 70th of the church building.

Heritage Listing No.  26049
State Heritage ID:  21249  -  This outstanding Lutheran Church building was constructed by the followers of Pastor Fritzsche in 1857-8 on the site of Hahndorf's first church, and is the place of worship for Australia's oldest Lutheran congregation. (Mount Barker Heritage Survey 2004).

This church was opened in 1859 and named St. Michael as the foundation stone was laid on St. Michael’s Day, 29 September 1858.  St Michael’s Lutheran Congregation was originally established in 1839 and is the oldest surviving Lutheran congregation in Australia.  In 1840 a mud-walled church was built on the site of the present church and dedicated by Pastor Kavel.  However, the congregation split in 1846 when doctrinal differences between Pastor Kavel and Pastor Fritzsche became official.  Pastor Fritzsche and his followers retained the original church property while those of Pastor Kavel built a small brick church at the southern end of Hahndorf which became the home of St Paul’s United Evangelical Lutheran Congregation.  In 1966 the rift between the two churches was healed when they both became members of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Additional Information

Addition information is available regarding the history of St Michael's Lutheran Church.

Early Ownership 

Information from The Hahndorf Allotments Database compiled by Reg Butler.

Old Lot No. New Lot No. Street No. Street Name
Farm 13 N.H. 30 18 Church Street
Year Sold New Owner Occupation Owner's Home Personal
1839 Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hahndorf   Hahndorf  
1857 Christian Thiele
Friedrich Thiele
Wilhelm Wittwer jun
farmer
farmer
miller
Hahndorf
Hahndorf
Hahndorf
Trustee GRO title
Trustee St Michael's Lutheran
Trustee Congregation.
1931 Ferdinand Altmann
Gottlob Jaensch
Christoph Liebelt
Heinrich Storch
Hermann Storch
Heinrich Thiele
farmer
butcher
farmer
farmer
farmer
farmer
Balhannah
Hahndorf
Hahndorf
Grunthal
Grunthal
Hahndorf
Trustee LTO title
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee St Michael's Lutheran
Trustee Congregation.
1939 Alfred Altmann
Leslie Hill
Gottlob Jaensch
Christoph Liebelt
Edgar Liebelt
Friedrich Liebelt
Heinrich Paech
farmer
labourer
butcher
farmer
farmer
farmer
farmer
Balhannah
Hahndorf
Hahndorf
Mt Barker
Hahndorf
Mt Barker
Hahndorf
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee
Trustee St Michael's Lutheran
Trustee Congregation.
1977 St Michael's Lutheran Church
Hahndorf
     

Notes:

  • NH 30:  The street numbers No 5 Balhannah Road; No 7 Balhannah Road; No 9 Balhannah Road; No 11 Balhannah Road have also been given to this allotment.  St Michael's Lutheran Church owns all of this undivided allotment. 
  • The site of St Michael's Lutheran Church & cemetery, Hahndorf.
  • 1839 – Hahndorf Lutheran School near the German Arms.
  • 1840 – Hahndorf Lutheran School held in Hahndorf's first Lutheran Church on this site.
  • c1850 – Hahndorf Lutheran School shifted to No 62 Main Street.
  • 4127/215 Metric title