South Australia has had a German/Prussian presence since the first immigrants arrived in the late 1830s. They brought with them may skills, trades and their knowledge of grape growing and winemaking. They also introduced the Lutheran faith to South Australia.
The information on this page concentrates on how to locate family history related records and information in Germany.
To trace family arriving in South Australia try our guide to immigration . If family arrived in Australia after 1940 passenger lists may be found at National Archives, as passenger lists came under Federal jurisdiction after 1940.
You may also like to view our Germans in South Australia guide.
Please note that these websites are not arranged in any particular order and some of them are only available in German
While you are in the Library don't forget to check out our databases:
The Library has quite a collection of family histories for German heritage families. To locate them either check our catalogue under subject, then surname or try using the links below.
For a more general listing of German related material within our collection click here
Some of the links below give helpful hints for undertaking research in various areas of Germany, while others give historical background and helpful hints for the family researcher.
Of interest to those tracing German occupations of the 19th century is the following list:
|Stellmacher||wheelwright or coachmaker|
|Tischler||joiner or cabinetmaker|