Exorcising the Swine!

Exorcising the Swine Many of the early settlers had troubles with their pigs – particularly with differences from the ‘old country’ and getting used to farming ways and techniques more suitable for the new land. One well known incident concerns the Marburg congregation and the well-loved Pastor Temme who ministered […]

Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive – Serpents and the German-Queensland Settlers   The new settlers to Queensland were not at all familiar with snakes, Germany being home to only a few small and harmless species. In the bush of Queensland I’m sure they thought they must be surviving in a ‘living hell’, populated […]

Blown to Smithereens!

Blown to Smithereens!   Local historian Peter Cullen, who has an immense knowledge and interest in oral history and the amazing stories of the many citizens now resting in the Toowoomba and Drayton Cemetery, told me of a most amazing case of a German-Queensland resident. The headlines of the ‘Darling […]