Lobethal S.A. Australia
LOBETHAL (Meaning Valley of Praise) is set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, about 40km SE of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
At the close of an open-air Thanksgiving Service on the 4th of May 1842 Pastor Fritzsche, The Founder of Lobethal, quoted the 26th verse of the 20th chapter of the Second Book of Chronicles:
Which in Luther's translation of the Bible reads:
"And on the fourth day assembled themselves in Lobethal: for here they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of the same place was called Lobethal unto this day"
this day Lobethal has remained rich in the history of its German pioneers.
The famous Onkaparinga Woollen blankets were originally made in Lobethal, and the site is now used as weekend markets, as well as being a Business Incubator.
The Lutheran Manse, built for pastor Dr. Loessel in 1867, was the first two storey built in Lobethal, and is now used as a Christian Book Shop, and teachers residence. Behind the Manse is the original Lutheran Church, built in 1843-1845,for Pastor Fritzsche, and known as "Zum Weinberge Christi". It is the oldest Lutheran Church, still being used, in Australia. Between the old Church and the Manse is a Museum, which is built over the original Lutheran College, which was built in 1845 by Pastor Fritzsche, and was the first seminary built in Australia. The Museum contains much memorabilia and early artefacts.
are many other old buildings and reminders of Lobethal's history that form a
total of 24 locations that can be viewed by following:
These photos of our front yard depict one of the rare occasions that it has snowed in Lobethal
Come back soon as we will be adding more to our site
© Bill Chartres 1998 - 2009