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”
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.
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.
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
The Richard Wagner Society of WA celebrated the 30th anniversary of its foundation with a gala event on Sunday 24th July at the University of Western Australia School of Music. The Honorary Consul, Torsten Ketelsen, attended the event at which distinguished conductor Simone Young gave a special presentation. Among other topics, Simone spoke about her decade as Music Director and General Director of Hamburg Opera.
The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPPA) hosted a function to welcome four prominent German music academics working in networking performance. The Honorary Consul, Torsten Ketelsen, attended the event on Tuesday July 19th to celebrate the arrival of the German musicians and meet the WAAPA Research team. The event was supported by Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DADD).
The Honorary Consul, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, attended the In Unison 2016 Business After Hours event at Picton Press Pty Ltd on 14th July 2016. Guests at the event had the opportunity to see the revolutionary new printing press machinery from Germany at the Picton Press Pty Ltd premises in West Perth. An impressive example of cooperation and investment between Germany and Western Australia.
The Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany Mr Torsten Ketelsen attended a reception at Parliament House on Friday 12th February 2016 for the Matilda Bay inbound rotary exchange students in Western Australia. The reception was hosted by the President of the Upper House of the Western Australian Parliament the Honourable Barry House MLC. Mr Ketelsen met four German students currently undertaking their exchange program in Western Australia.
Perth celebrated it’s multiculturalism with international food stalls and cultural performances at the World of Food Festival on 22nd November. The festival is presented by the Consular Corps of Western Australia and supported by Lotterywest and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The Honorary German consulate was one of 38 international food stalls at the festival. On offer were traditional German foods and desserts all within the beautiful surrounds of Government House Gardens.
The Honorary Consul of The Federal Republic of Germany Mr Torsten Ketelsen and The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Dr Christoph Muller inspected the ship building facilities at Austral Shipyard in Henderson Western Australia on 2 November 2015.