These articles relate to Wendish migration and settlement in Australia. Members and other interested readers are invited to submit relevant articles for possible publication on this site.
The Wendish Heritage Society Australia is preparing brief biographies of Wends who emigrated to and settled in Australia during the 19th Century. As they are compiled, the biographies will be added to this website....
The following reviews of books and substantial articles relate to both the Wendish heritage and to some wider issues impacting on early Wendish settlement in Australia. An invitation is extended to interested persons to submit reviews for publication here.
Books for sale
The Wendish Heritage Society is offering space in this section of our website to members who wish to advertise the sale of their published family histories. Any book advertised here must be well researched and presented in a professional way. The Society solicits a specimen copy of any book advertised here.
Cemetery Stories Project
A Cemetery Stories Project is at present being planned in relation to the Melbourne General Cemetery. Research will involve the locating and recording of personal information about the Cemetery's more than 1,600 persons with Germanic and Wendish ancestry, in order to recreate their life stories and to shed more light on life in Victoria in the pioneering days of the 1800s.
An important project is the future publication of Wendish emigrant letters sent from Australia to Lusatia during the nineteenth century. The first of these letters were obtained by Kevin Zwar through the efforts of Pastor Siegfried Albert in Saxony. Some were discovered by George Nielsen and Trudla Malinkowa during their research in Germany. These letters have been translated into English by a number of people in Australia, including Dr Thomas Darragh who has contributed two examples for us to publish.
Our Research Library currently has 2039 items including books and files on Wendish and Germanic family history, culture, customs and religion.
Location: Research Centre, Meeting Room, Ivanhoe Lutheran Church, 27 Livingstone Street, Ivanhoe, VIC, Australia
Opening Times: The first Sunday of each month from February to November, from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Our newsletter is published each February and August. A hard copy is posted free to members - please contact us for further details.
Readers are invited to submit obituaries for inclusion in this tribute.
Since the early 1970s, a number of researchers have produced landmark works which have provided Australian Wends with an essential framework and perspective with which to more confidently research their family histories.
Prior to 1970, few people in Australia had heard of the Wends, including their descendants, most of whom believed their ancestors had been German. Although most of Australia's nineteenth century Wendish immigrants settled in South Australia, a considerable number also lived in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.