Infighting among Lutherans in Australia

Bethany, March 1929

Colin Ross finds German-Australian villagers in Southern Australia anachronistic in their devoutness.

Save for the cars parked in front of the church, Easter Sunday mass in the village of Bethany reminds Ross of childhood experiences in rural Mecklenburg, back in Germany. The churchgoers' clothing, their songs, and the sermon seem to Ross as anachronistic as the intense piety he witnesses during mass. The same godliness expresses itself in bitter infighting between dozens of Lutheran creeds among Auslandsdeutsche in Australia, as Ross relates. The tale of a church in Queensland’s hostile take-over by a different Lutheran creed presents the community of Australia’s Auslandsdeutsche as a quarrelsome bunch.

Joachim Schätz








Colin Ross. Kirchgang in Bethanien: Deutsches Leben in Australien. Vossische Zeitung. Morgen-Ausgabe. 1929 Jun 26;4.


Topic: Auslandsdeutsche
Case: Oceania-Asia trip 1928-30


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