• Wend/Sorb Society of South Australia

    Preserving the Wendish heritage of South Australia, members are descendants of the pioneering Wends who migrated to South Australia from 1848-1860.  Wends (also called Sorbs) are a Slavic people living in Lusatia, a region in south-eastern Germany. The society publishes a newsletter and holds regular functions.

There is a comprehensive library of Wendish family books and information at the Lutheran Archives at Bowden.

The group launched a Wendish Pioneer Heritage Trail, a set of 6 interpretive signs at 6 significant sites of Wendish Settlement in SA (Hope Valley, Rosedale, Ebenezer, Neukirch, St Kitts and Peters Hill) in September 2012, funded by grants from the History Trust of SA and Multicultural SA.  Photos of signs and unveiling here

You can learn more about the Wends in Australia at the Wendish Heritage Society of Australia

Kevin Zwar’s website may be interesting to researchers.  It traces the descendants of Johann and Anna Zwahr who married in Gröditz, the German Kingdom of Saxony in 1812. They were the parents of eleven children, including five brothers who are the main study of this family history. Three of these brothers emigrated to Australia – Michael (1849/50 VIC), Johann (1851 SA) and Peter (1854 SA).

Lyall Kupke
08 8365 2572
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Postal address: 6 Emes Court Athelstone SA 5076

Wend/Sorb Society of South Australia

Preserving the Wendish heritage of South Australia, members are descendants of the pioneering Wends who migrated to South Australia from 1848-1860.  Wends (also called Sorbs) are a Slavic people living in Lusatia, a region in south-eastern Germany. The society publishes a newsletter and holds regular functions.