This file has to be on here somewhere, but I don't see it. What are the reasons so many Germans immigrated to Australia?
I have a copy but was searching for an online file to share as it is a long story. I'm probably going to put this link on many of my German profiles and thought the Australia project and su-category Germans to Australia would like this. Really can't imagine this is new to most, but maybe.
just a pargraph or two:
Harz to Adelaide: 1848-1854
FROM THE HARZ MOUNTAINS (KINGDOM OF HANOVER) TO ADELAIDE AND BEYOND: GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED EMIGRATION 1848-1854
by Renate Vollmer
South Australian Genealogist 20:2 (April 1993)
Germans have emigrated to South Australia ever since the first settlements were established in 1836. The best-known group of early German immigrants - Lutherans from Prussia - arrived only two years after the founding of the colony, and, continued throughout the century, several hundred Germans arriving every year 1. However, with the exception of the Prussian Lutherans and a few distinguished individuals, little is known about most of those German emigrants.
In the middle of the 19th century, large numbers of emigrants (from the Harz mountains in the Kingdon of Hanover) arrived in Adelaide - 1100 alone between March 1849 and January 1855. How did this sudden influx of Germans from one particular region come about? In 1848, the Ministry of Finance in Hanover and the local authorities in the Harz had decided that in order to improve the economic situation of the region, emigrations should be encouraged 2. South Australia was picked as the most promising location for several reasons: