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  • Detail of the German Settlers traditional cottage construction, traditional dress, and bullock dray as painted by George French Angas 1844 in South Australia. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  •  Klemsig Lutheran Church where George French Angas spent time talking to the Pastor August Kavel. The roof was thatched and the walls  made of mud and straw. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • Excellent example of George French Angas' understanding of painting what he saw before him, and not a version of European Trees in the Antipodes.
  • South Australia Illustrated by George French Angas. Archival limited edition giclée, German Village of Klemsic, settled on the banks of the  River Torrens circa 1839, on land owned by G. Fife Angas.

Giclee Angas South Australia Illustrated Klemsic German


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 Giclee, George French Angas, South Australia IllustratedKlemsic. A Village of German Settlers near Adelaide", Klemzic, Klemzig, August Kavel, German settlers

Archival limited edition giclee print ( /300) after the original hand colored lithograph by J.W. Giles after artist George French Angas for his ambitious publication "South Australia Illustrated" in 1846-47.

Size of Image 30cm x 35cm ( 12 x 14 inch)

Issued with Limited Edition Certificate.

 Accompanying text description:

'About three miles from Adelaide is situated the picturesque village of Klemzic, on the banks of the Torrens: it is entirely populated by one of the various bodies of Prussian Emigrants ... their houses and cultivation are in the style of their own country ... Poultry, butter, vegetables, and fruit, are frequently brought into Adelaide for sale by the women, whose picturesque style of dress, and simplicity of manners, obtain for these peasants a considerable share of custom'. (note the various spelling of the Klemzic in the text and Klemsic in the print title). Angas' view illustrates the farmhouses of the village and their allocation of thin parcels of land as was traditional to the settler's homeland. The buildings are constructed of mud & straw walls and thatched roofs. To the left is Pastor August Kavel's Church. In the center of this rural peasant scene are two horned bullocks pulling a dray of hay.

"South Australia Illustrated" by  George French Angas (1822-86) 

Originally published in London between 1846 - 47, the hand colored lithographic prints were sold to 200 subscribers, eager to see what this brave British prototype freely-settled colony had to offer after a decade of settlement. How many of those 200 original hand coloured lithographs still exist has prompted issuing this high quality light-safe inkjet process printed on cotton conservation paper. South Australia was to be "A Paradise of Dissent", along with many other ideals that follow in the wake of European Age of social enlightenment. As a free colony, denominational barriers were considered an impediment for desirable, hardworking  immigrants required considering the lack of convict labor.

Frederick William III, Prussian Union, the Old Lutherans, August Kavel and the Village of Klemzic

Born in Berlin, Prussia, in 1826 August Kavel became the pastor of the Lutheran Church in the village of Klemzig, Province of Brandenburg. At first he agreed, later was reluctant, to support, King Frederick William III’s decision to unite the Lutheran & Calvinist (Reformed) churches to form the United Church of Prussia. Kavel used his persuasive preaching-style to benefit a minority known as the “Old Lutherans” of Silesia, who steadfastly refused to forsake their traditions. The Crown set about silencing this Lutheran minority with military force, church closure and pastors’ imprisonment or exile. This created the cause and effect of German migration to the non-denominational Colony of South Australia. In 1836 Kavel met with George Fife Angas, Chairman of the South Australia Company, in England. Angas was keen to settle German agricultural workers in this convict-free British colony. Angas Senior had purchased many of the unsold blocks from Colonel Light’s Town & District Surveys. He assisted the Lutherans with a loan to pay for their passage, that was later paid back with interest. The first Germans arrived on the Prince George in October 1837. Angas Senior had personally purchased Lot 477 off Colonel Light’s Plan, located on the River Torrens. This was the location of the Village of Klemsic/Klemzic so named after Kavel’s Bradenburg village of Klemzig. George French Angas also illustrated Bethany & Lyndoch in the Barossa Hills (Ranges), where the migrants from Prussia, Brandenburg, Posen and Silesia who found the land more fertile. On their arrival they laid out traditional Prussian villages as seen in Angas' view of Klemsic. 



Other Details

Colonial Australian Scene:
Colonial South Australia
George French Angas:
South Australia Illustrated
German colonists:
Village of Klemsic
Pastor August Kavel:
Lutheran faith

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