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Research about German Culture and Language in the Hunter

"Zur Bewahrung der deutschen Sprache und Kultur"

German immigration to the Hunter region can be traced back to the 1830s. This page provides an overview of popular and academic literature that is available about German immigration to the Hunter region and the culture and language of the following generations. 

History and Language Project


  • Were you born in a German-speaking country and now live in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region?


  • Did you come to Australia before 1973?


If you answer yes to both of these questions, researchers at the University of Newcastle would like to hear from you about your memories of life before coming to Australia, your experiences of moving here, connections you may have with your country of birth (travel, family, friends, etc.), if or how you use the German language today.

Please contact me, Dr Jaime W Hunt (Learning and Teaching, University of Newcastle), if you are interested in taking part in this project

Phone: 4921 6885


Project approved by the University of Newcastle Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2022-0099


  • Grabau, W. (2007). The first 50 years 1957-2007: A History of the Germania Club Newcastle. Germania Club Newcastle, Warners Bay, NSW, Australia. Link: download

  • Hunt, J. W., & Davis, S. E. (2022). 'So, mein Deutsch ist schlecht...': Echoes of societal attitudes and education language policies within the family language policies of second- and third-generation German speakers in Newcastle, Australia. International Journal of Multilingualism, 19, 233-250. doi:10.1080/14790718.2022.2037609

  • Hunt, J., & Davis, S. (2019). Social and historical factors contributing to language shift among German heritage-language migrants in Australia: An overview. Linguistik Online, 100(7), 159–180.

  • McIntyre, J., & Germov, J. (2018). A common people's paradise: German immigration from 1849. In Hunter Wine: A History  (Ch. 5, pp. 136-157). NewSouth. ISBN-13: 978-1742235769

  • Parkes, W. S. (1986). German immigration to the Hunter Valley in the mid-19th century. Journal of Hunter Valley History, 2(1), pp. 1-29.

Popular Media

Picture Gallery: Photos in the University of Newcastle History Collection

The photos in this gallery are from the University of Newcastle History Collection, held at Special Collections, University of Newcastle Australia. Living Histories is the digital home of the University of Newcastle's Special Collections.

Stories of German Migration to Australia


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