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Born German, Re-Born in Western Australia: Selected Stories 1841-2016

“Born Germany – Reborn in WA”

By Alexandra Ludewig

Celebrating 175 Years of German Settlement in Western Australia

In 1841, 175 years ago, the first German migrant to settle permanently in Western Australia was naturalised as a British subject. Fredrick Waldeck wanted to demonstrate his commitment to his chosen place of residence; the place where he and his loved ones felt at home and to which he felt a new sense of allegiance. Thousands of Germans and German speakers have followed in his footsteps – male and female, young and old, rich and poor – all united by hope and the pursuit of a future that would add a new, West Australian, component to their sense of identity. This book is dedicated to all those who appreciate diversity and the cultural richness it entails, and who have, like so many of those in this volume, proved their appetite for risk-taking and new beginnings.

The book is available at the Honorary German Consulate Perth $30.00


Goethe Institute Australia Meets German Language Round Table

L-R: Tanja Colgan and Eva Baker

The German Language Round Table group welcomed Eva Baker, Deputy Director and Head of Languages Goethe Institute Australia, to a meeting at the Honorary consulate on Thursday 9th February 2017.

The meeting provided an opportunity for an exchange of ideas to promote and strengthen German language learning in Western Australia. Avenues for support and collaboration to bring German films and culture to Western Australia were also explored. The planning of a German film screening for school groups is currently underway.


SAGSE Scholarship Winners Describe their German Exchange Experience

SAGSE Scholarship winners from left to right: Ms Tiana Nelson, Mr Ju-Yin Ham, Ms Mia Palmer, Ms Prajna Menon, German Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz, President of SAGSE Ms Pamela Millar and Honorary German Consul Mr Torsten Ketelsen

Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE) awards scholarships to Australian students in year 11 and 12 each year to travel to Germany for 10 weeks during their summer holidays. The program provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their German language, interact with the German culture and build intercultural friendships.

The 2016 Scholarship winners were awarded by Ms Pamela Millar the President of SAGSE at the Day of German Unity Celebration on the 3rd October 2016. The four students; Ms Mia Palmer from Methodist Ladies College, Mr Yu-Jin Ham from Rossmoyne Senior High School, Ms Prajna Menon from Rossmoyne Senior High School and Ms Tiana Nelson from Kelmscott Senior High have now returned from their 10 week exchange program in Germany.

Attached are the students reports describing their insightful and interesting experiences while on the exchange.

SAGSE Exchange Reports – Newsletter 2017

For more information on SAGSE please see their website


German Film “Toni Erdmann” PIAF 2017

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The Perth International Arts Festival brings to you a German film as part of the Lotterywest Festival Films: The award winning
“Toni Erdmann” by Maren Ade

“One of the most stirring cinematic experiences to come around in a long time.”
The Film Stage

See the PIAF 2017 website for further information.

The film has won 5 awards at the European Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Read more here

Screenings:
UWA Somerville: Monday 30 Jan – Sunday 5 Feb, 8pm
ECU Joondalup Pines: Tuesday 7 – Sunday 12 Feb, 8pm

See the PIAF 2017 website for ticketing and further information


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

THE OFFICE OF THE HONORARY CONSUL WILL BE CLOSED FROM


Monday, 26th December 2016

until

Monday, 2nd January 2017

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CONTACT:

The Consulate-General of the

Federal Republic of Germany in Sydney

Level 17, 100 William Street

SYDNEY (WOOLLOOMOOLOO) NSW 2011

T: +61-(0)2-8302 4900 (Switchboard)

F: +61-(0)2-8302 4940

 

Mobile: 0412 359 826  for emergency calls only

Website: www.australien.diplo.de

WE WISH A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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WA Museum Launch of Exhibition and Book “From Great Depths; the Wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran”

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The 19th November 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Australian ship HMAS Sydney II and German ship HSK Kormoran. Considered one of the world’s most significant war mysteries it is also Australia’s single largest naval disaster. An expedition led by Curtin University and the WA Museum visually documents the ship wreck sites bringing what lies 2500 meters deep beneath the waves to light for all to see. The result of this expedition culminate in a fascinating exhibition at the Geraldton annex of the WA Museum entitled “From Great Depths”.

The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of German, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, presented a speech at the opening of the exhibition at the Geraldton Museum and launch of the commemorative book “From Great Depths; the Wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran”

A copy of the speech is attached.

Speech Mr Torsten Ketelsen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany: Exhibition “From Great Depths”


The Day of German Unity Celebration 3 October 2016

The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Torsten Ketelsen and Mrs Mona Ketelsen, invited guests to celebrate the Day of German Unity with a reception on the 3rd October 2016 at The Government House Ballroom. The Day of German Unity is the national day of Germany commemorating the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany made her first official visit to Western Australia to attend the reception.

The occasion also celebrate 175 years of German Settlement in Western Australia with the official launch of Professor Dr Alexander Ludwig’s new book “Born in Germany – Re-Born in Western Australia” by Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia. The book details the inspirational stories from the first German migrant to settle in WA permanently in 1841 to the present day.

Mark Coughlan was the musical director and master of ceremonies for the evening which was enhanced by the musical performances of mezzo-soprano Caitlin Cassidy, flautist Jane Rutter accompanied by Mark Coughlan playing the piano.

The great surprise of the night for the unsuspecting Honorary Consul of Germany in WA, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, came from Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany. She announced that the President of the Federal Government of Germany honoured Mr Torsten Ketelsen with The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, also known as the Federal Cross of Merit, presented to him by Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz. The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the only federal decoration of Germany. It is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.

The night also highlighted the achievements of four Western Australian students who were awarded scholarships to study in Germany. The scholarships were awarded by Ms Pamela Millar the President of Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE). The four students; Ms Mia Palmer from Methodist Ladies College, Mr Yu-Jin Ham from Rossmoyne Senior High School, Ms Prajna Menon from Rossmoyne Senior High School and Ms Tiana Nelson from Kelmscott Senior High will travel to Germany on the scholarship for three months from December 2016 to March 2017.

The celebration was closed with a buffet dinner of German specialities and networking opportunity for all guests.

Guests at the event from left to right: Mr Ade Padmo Sarwono, Consul General Indonesia and Mrs Dhani Padmo Sarwono; Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA; Her excellency Dr Anna Prinz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP; Honorary Consul Mr Torsten Ketelsen and Mrs Mona Ketelsen; The Hon Michael Mischin MLC and Ms Laraine Reason; The Hon John Mckechnie QC
Guests at the event from left to right: Mr Ade Padmo Sarwono, Consul General Indonesia and Mrs Dhani Padmo Sarwono; Her Excellency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA; Her excellency Dr Anna Prinz, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany; Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP; Honorary Consul Mr Torsten Ketelsen and Mrs Mona Ketelsen; The Hon Michael Mischin MLC and Ms Laraine Reason; The Hon John Mckechnie QC
Book launch from left to right: Mr Torsten Ketelsen, Prof Dr Alexander Ludwig, Her Excelloency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC and Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz
Book launch from left to right: Mr Torsten Ketelsen, Prof Dr Alexander Ludwig, Her Excelloency the Hon Kerry Sanderson AC and Her Excellency Dr Anna Prinz
Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany Mr Torsten Ketelsen
Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany Mr Torsten Ketelsen
Mr Mark Coughlan, Ms Jane Rutter and Ms Caitlin Cassidy
Mr Mark Coughlan, Ms Jane Rutter and Ms Caitlin Cassidy

 

SAGSE Scholorship winners from left to right: Ms Taina Nelson, Mr Ju-Yin Ham, Ms Mia Palmer, Ms Prajna Menon and Prseident of SAGSE Ms Pamela Millar
SAGSE Scholorship winners from left to right: Ms Tiana Nelson, Mr Ju-Yin Ham, Ms Mia Palmer, Ms Prajna Menon and President of SAGSE Ms Pamela Millar

WAGBA White Asparagus Dinner

The West Australian-German Business Association (WAGBA) celebrated the white asparagus season with a dinner at the Honorary Consulate of Perth on Tuesday 15th November 2016. WAGBA members came together to celebrate this annual German tradition and enjoy this German speciality in Perth.
The exquisite four course meal, each course featuring fresh WA grown white asparagus, was expertly prepared by Hans Lang and Marianne Kempf from the Gala Bakery.

In Germany the white asparagus season is celebrated enthusiastically at festivals, in restaurants and homes, to mark the beginning of spring. The dinner brought this German tradition to WAGBA members here in Perth.

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Goethe-Institut meets with the German Language Round Table group

L-R: Torsten Ketelsen, Sonja Griegoschewski, Mariel Howard
L-R: Torsten Ketelsen, Sonja Griegoschewski, Mariel Howard

The German Language Round Table group had the pleasure of welcoming Ms Sonja Griegoschewski the Director of the Goethe-Institut Australia to a Round Table meeting on Thursday 21st July. The group discussed avenues of support and collaboration with the Goethe-Institut to bring German films and culture to Western Australia. The planning of a number of new German film events for both school children and adults is underway with a German Film Workgroup set up to take charge of the task.

For more information on the German Language Round Table see our website page