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On Wednesday 24 October, the Year 10 German students departed School grounds ready and eager to learn about the oldest German settlement in South Australia, Hahndorf.

On arrival we observed our first landmark, Pioneer Memorial Gardens, which honours the first settlers in Hahndorf. From there we visited Pioneer Cemetery to see if we could decipher some of the old head stones written in old German Gothic.

We were fortunate to have a historian guide us through the Hahndorf Academy, a former exclusive boarding school for boys. We were also shown some partially restored German farm buildings.

A magnificent German feast awaited us at the Hahndorf Inn. The pork, sauerkraut, sausages, pretzels and apple strudel were more than we had anticipated, and we could hardly finish it all!

Our final leg included a visit to Hans Heysen’s picturesque historic home and his famous painting studio the Cedars. Overall, it was a very enjoyable excursion and gave us plenty of information to continue our research into the early German pioneers.

Marcus Tremellen (Year 10) and Frau Monica McCauley