Stories/Yarns

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 […]

The Day the Pigs Took Over

The Day the Pigs Took Over (a story by Herbert C Heilig)    The following story by Herb Heilig demonstrates the importance and attachment that the German pioneers attached to their swine. ‘Years ago, farmers who lived reasonably close to a saleyards, also a few who didn’t, would sometimes ‘drive’ their […]

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 […]

The Long Walk

The Long Walk!   Perhaps the most amazing example of all concerning German tenacity in the ‘new world’ is the story of Karl Deuffel. Eleven-year-old Karl left Germany in November 1854 with his parents aboard the Merbz, the first recorded ship to carry German immigrants to Queensland. Karl, his parents […]

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 […]