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Special interest groups

The special interest groups are listed below. To register your interest in any of the activities, please contact the office on (08) 8223 2539 or office@thegermanclub.org.au

Adelaide Accordion Orchestra (Akkordeongruppe)

Group leader Mrs Yvonne Smith
Contact Ph. (08) 8339 4950 / Mob. 0403 905 120
Conductor Mr Carlo Anzellotti
Contact Ph. (08) 8264 1593
Practice Tuesdays 7.30pm—9.30pm
Location Club house, Hans Heysen Room
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AdelaideAccordionOrchestra/

The Adelaide Accordion Orchestra (formerly known as the Accordion Group “Elite”) was re-established in 1984 at the SAADV. We now have ten regular players, most of whom have been enthusiastic supporters for the last decade. The Accordion Orchestra welcomes anyone interested in joining.

Under the dedicated professionalism of our Musical Director, Mr Carlo Anzellotti, the group has reached a high standard of performance. The repertoire consists of waltzes, polkas, marches, tangos, classical, international and contemporary popular music.

The group has performed at various venues such as the International Expo Wayville, Carrick Hill, Schützenfest, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Horsham German Fest, wineries, garden weddings, retirement villages, birthday parties, Rotary Club concerts, various community functions as well as events at the German Club.

Anyone wishing to know more about the Accordion Orchestra or make a performance booking please contact Yvonne Smith.

And please feel free to like and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdelaideAccordionOrchestra/

Adelaide German Band (Brass, Reed and Percussion Band)

Group leader Mr Grant Nitschke
Contact Ph. 0434 144 343
Email: GrantN@ace.net.au
Meetings Mondays 7.30pm–10pm
Location Club house, Hans Heysen Room

The Band was founded in 1990 and is one of 22 Groups in the S.A. German Association. The purpose of the Band is to foster traditional German folkmusic and give audiences some of the joy Band members experience when playing it.

Ten months after inception the Band played at the 1991 Schützenfest- incl. the Opening Ceremony- and has been playing at every Schützenfest since.

The AGB has several engagements that recur every year as well as new engagements.
The Band has had engagements as far as Murtoa (Vic) and certainly all over S.A.

Some of the Bands more demanding non–german music requires additional voices, particularly trumpets. However, all other interested players would also be very welcome.

Adelaider Liedertafel 1858

Group leader Mr Peter Reeh
Contact Ph. (08) 8264 7195
Web www.alt1858.org
Choir practice Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Location Club house, Carl Linger Hall

The ‘Adelaider Liedertafel 1858’ (ALT1858) is a men’s choir singing mainly German songs at various community gatherings and festive days at our headquarters, the SAADV. Our conductor is Peter Ruys, and at full strength we number 44.

Apart from being the oldest German-singing choir, the ALT1858 is the oldest continuing male choir in Australia. Our origins date back to 1844, only eight years after the colony of South Australia was established by Governor Hindmarsh. But it was in 1858 that a committee established the choir which still exists today. We perform mainly German operatic works and folksongs, but also have Australian, English, Welsh and American choral works in our repertoire.

ALT1858 is always keen to recruit new (younger) male singers, particularly first and second tenors. Whilst proficiency in the German language is obviously an advantage, it is not a prerequisite. If necessary, we will teach you to pronounce (as distinct from speak) German. In fact, the only thing you must have is a love of singing! We practice every Tuesday evening (except for a short recess over Christmas and New Year) at 7.30pm at the SAADV clubrooms. If you can hold a tune and enjoy singing, contact us, or simply turn up on Tuesday evening.


Bavarian Dancers (Bund der Bayern)

Group leader Reinhard Struve
Contact Mob. 0423 496 194 or email
Vice group leader Thomas Knoll
Contact Mob. 0433 707 221
For more information visit www.bundderbayern.org
Practice Wednesdays – Carl Linger Hall
6.00 – 7.00pm Alpen Echo Bells Practice
7.00 – 9.00pm Adults Group Practice
Saturdays – Carl Linger Hall
12.30 – 1.30pm – Children’s Group Practice
Location Club house, Matthew Flinders Hall

The ‘Bund der Bayern’ was established in August 1959 by Mr Heinz Brueckner. He and several other Bavarians formed the ‘Edelweiss Schuhplattler’ group of the SAADV. After only two short months of relentless practice the group made its first public appearance. Popularity of the ‘Edelweiss’ group increased with appearances at the Tanunda Weinfest, the Festival of Arts and also through the television media. The first ‘Bayern Abend’ in 1960 was held in the old club house of SAADV, this was the start of the Bavarian ‘Gemütlichkeit’ we now know in Adelaide.

During the construction of the new premises, the group held practices in a hall hired from G.T.V. 9. New costumes and necessary mending to old ones were paid with money earned at monthly dance evenings organised by the group at Henley Beach.

Upon completion of the new club premises in 1963, the group then moved back to the SAADV and adopted the new name of ‘Heimat- und Volkstrachten Verein, Bund der Bayern’. The original name of ‘Edelweiss’ was retained by the Schuhplattlers of the Bund der Bayern.

In 1964, together with the SAADV the first ‘Schützenfest’ after World War II was held at the Gorge Picnic ground. As the Schützenfest grew in popularity, the SAADV took over the organisation and transferred this ever popular social activity to the Hahndorf Oval. In 1966 the Youth group of the ‘Edelweiss’ was formed, under the leadership of Mr Otto Vogl. In 1972, the Youth group received it’s own flag. The flag was beautifully hand painted by Mr Paul Wegener and was donated to the group by Hans and Anni Knoll. The president Mr Hein Diestel-Feddersen unveiled the flag in the presence of many guests including the well known Pastor Zinnbauer. The flag was blessed by Father J. A. Baron from the German Catholic Centre St. Bonifatius, Collinswood.

In 1977, the very first ‘Tanzfest’ was held in the clubrooms of the SAADV. It was a modest beginning for the new traditional ‘Volksfest’. Mr Dieter Fabig, President, and Mr Walter Tietjens, Secretary, together encouraged the ‘Brücke’ to sponsor the Festival. Other members who contributed to the success of the Volkstanzfest were Hans Knoll, Christel Kranich, Bruno Kranich, from the ‘Bund der Bayern’, and Mary Feddersen from the ‘Deutscher Volkstanzkreis’.

For many years the ‘Bund der Bayern’ was a member of the ‘Good Neighbour Council’. After this council dissolved the group joined the ‘Folkloric Society’. As a result of this many new friendships were kindled. Some of the highlights were participating in a ‘Preisplattln’ with the ‘Austrian National Dancers’ and becoming honorary lifetime members of the ‘South Coast Scottish Club’.

Over the years several group leaders have guided the progress of the dancers and the floorshows are still as popular as ever. More recently a bell ringers group under the name of ‘Alpen Echo’ has formed. Their instruments being finely tuned cowbells!

The ‘Bund der Bayern’ has been fortunate to have had some very experienced people to guide it. These are now honorary members such as Mr Heinz Bruckner, Otto Vogl, Hans and Anni Knoll, and Mrs Traudl Daniels. Over the years others have been very generous towards the group and received the certificate of ‘Ehrenbayer’. John Amer, Dieter Fabig, Werner Wagnitz, Werner Bromberger, and Norbert Kosiol have all been awarded this honour.

There have been many highlights over the years, and only some will be remembered by all. Such as performances at the Sydney Opera House, in Penang/Malaysia, Port Moresby/Papua New Guinea, Festival of Arts, Vintage Festivals, Schützenfest, Stanthorpe, Newcastle, Port Lincoln, Broken Hill, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Brisbane, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Perth just to mention a few. Annually, members meet at a picnic where traditional games are played. Another yearly event occurs in December when Saint Nikolaus and Krampus visit the group. And in line with tradition there is a ‘Heimat Abend’ every two years.

Many years ago the dancers adopted the costumes from the area of Miesbach. Even today the boys are still proud to wear the Lederhosen and half socks (‘Wadlstrümpfe’). The girls look like a pretty picture in their black vests, swinging red or blue skirts with colourful aprons and shawls.

Every Saturday afternoon the group meets to practice in the clubrooms. It is a good opportunity for the ‘Bund der Bayern’ to preserve our traditions and to share our customs and culture with our many Australian friends.

Bushwalkers Group (Wandergruppe)

Group leader Elfi Goels
Contact Ph. (08) 8277 4413
Vice Group leader Mrs Christel Kranich
Contact Ph. (08) 8262 4436
Committee meetings Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Meetings Please see calendar or regular weekly events
Location Club house

Our founder was Wilfried Rueweler and we were accepted as the Wandergruppe / Bushwalkers in the S.A.A.D.V. on the 7th. of November 1990. Our activity is walking. The first scheduled walk was on Sunday 20th. January 1991. On January 16 th 2011 we had our first anniversary walk in our 20th anniversary year. Today we are a group of almost 100 men and women, ranging in age from late 40 to 90. We are reasonably fit and enjoy walking through the countyside. We are all members of the South Australian German Association.

We meet on alternate Sundays for a 9 am start at a scheduled meeting point for a programmed walk.. We walk for approximately 3 hours, usually in Conservation-and Recreation Parks, on bush tracks and along beaches. There are three walks available for walkers which are graded to suit the level of fitness.

The A- Group tackles long, steep and often difficult walks between 11 and 15 km long. The B- Group walks between 8 and 12 km and the C- Group 6 km.in reasonable terrain. All walks are pre selected and led by competent, experienced Walk Leaders. It is essential for walkers to wear appropriate footwear on walks.

Walkers bring their own table, chair and lunch and a thermos full of tea or coffee to the meeting place. At the end of each walk everybody is looking forward to having a rest and all three groups usually sit together in a big circle to have lunch and to exchange the latest news.

Usually there are members who celebrate their birthday. It is tradition to bring a cake sharing it among those present. That is very much appreciated by all and adds to the attraction of our walks.

We try to have two Bushwalking Camps per year, lasting several days. They have taken us as far away as Apollo Bay, Healesville, Melrose, Bright, The Grampians, the Flinders Ranges and Yorke Peninsula, Victor Habor, Lake Bonney, Nelson just to mention a few. Once a year we have a “Family Picnic and Walking Day” where children have the opportunity to walk with us and can have fun together, after a short walk.

Our group also maintains an approximately 17 km long section of the Heysen Trail near Myponga. Our volunteers have built bridges across creeks, boardwalks across swamps, stiles across fences and they keep the walking track in good order. For twelve years our group has walked the Heysen Trail. We completed the 1200 km Trail End to End from Cape Jervis to Parachilna on 22nd. September 2010. The Wandergruppe received a Certificate of recognition for our effort from the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

We have already completed over 600 walks according to our current walk program. It is our experience that walking is a fun and healthy activity to stay fit.

Card Group (Skatgruppe)

Group leader: Julie Block
Contact Ph. 0418 837 960
Meetings Thursday’s at 7pm
Tournaments: Second Thursday of each month at 6.00pm
Location Club house, Cafeteria

During the years 1954—1955 Viktor and Edith Kobienia started the Group of Skat Players, a very popular German card game. The beginners were on a small scale but the group met, as it still does today, every Thursday, and the competition Skat was played every fourth Sunday. There was not a lot of prize money involved but everybody had fun and a tasty meal was searved during the lunch break, cooked by members. After 1979 the group leader was Hildegard Clieves who ran the group with enormous energy and success. Hildegard is also the first lady ever to have won the SA Skat competition. Every year the group organises the “Skat Dance” and the group takes part in world competitions.

Classical Japanese Swordsmanship Group

Group leader Mr Danny Mayman
Contact Ph. (08) 8239 0788 Mob. 0418 821 940
Meetings Wednesdays 7pm—8.30pm,
Sundays 11am—12.30pm
(Sundays only when German Club open, Members only.)
Location Club house, Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium

IAIDO. The Classical Japanese Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword is practiced today as a method of self-development, which allows you to develop your character and spirit and requires imagination and concentration. Iaido is an art that appeals to many who are looking for something deeper than a set of fighting or self defence skills. Both men and women are encouraged to join. We have been training in the German Club Gym and demonstrating at the German Club Open Day and Schützenfest since 1999.

JAPANESE AND GERMAN LINKS: Engelbert Kaempfer (1651—1716), a German doctor in Dutch service in Japan and author of the celebrated History and Description of Japan (1777—1779), admired and described Japan as the “Germany of the Orient”. Strong Japanese and German links date from 1881 with the rising influence of Doitsugaku (German studies) in Japan and an increasing orientation toward Germany for models in law, education, and economic and social policy. Similar historical links are illustrated in the article “Kindred Spirits, The Art of the Sword in Germany & Japan” published in Journal of Asian Martial Arts (1997).

In Japan today, as part of the annual celebration of the New Year during December, performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony ring out across Japan in a chorus of “Freude!” (joy). It is always sung in the German language, which requires long hours of rehearsal for Japanese amateur and professional choirs.

In Tokyo alone there were about 50 performances of the Choral Symphony. There were sometimes as many as six shows in one day, and at the Suntory Hall-two different orchestras performed the piece at daytime and evening shows on Christmas Day. Nationwide the number of renditions will top 140 in the season as a whole, which means that on an average day there will be five performances somewhere in Japan.

DVK Dance Group – Deutscher Volkstanzkreis & Kindertanzkreis

Group leader Marika Kulbach
Contact Ph. (08) 8373 5864; 0427 505 088
Web www.germanfolkdancing.com.au
Facebook www.facebook.com/germanfolkdancing
Email dvkdancing@gmail.com
Practices Adults – Sunday’s 4pm—6pm
Children – fortnightly 3.15pm—4pm
Location German Club, Adelaide, Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium

New attendees please call or email prior to attending as club may be locked for security reasons.
The “Deutscher Volkstanzkreis” was established in late 1963 by a few people of the “Deutscher Volksliederchor” (mixed German folksong choir) that were interested in traditional German dancing. 1963 was also the year that the SAADV new club premise was completed.

Word spread and the group grew quickly. With a mismatch of German outfits and many hours of practise, the group gave their first public appearance in early 1964. Popularity grew and the performances followed for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, The Elizabeth German Club and Schutzenfest.

With the money earned from performances the “Deutscher Volkstanzkreis” was able to purchase traditional costumes from Germany. They adopted costumes of North-Central region of Germany for the men of niederhosen, shirt and vest; and adopted costumes of the Bavaria region for the ladies; pretty dirndls with intricate embroidery, chains and lace. We still have these dirndls, but do not always perform in them, as the aged materials are very fragile. These days the boys wear leather pants called “lederhosen” and enjoy slapping their legs (schulplattern) to the oompah music.

Soon afterwards, the children’s dance group named “Kindertanzkreis” was formed. This group was popular among families of the SAADV and their cute floor shows are always liked by the elderly.

In 2002 the group lost many items in a fire to the SAADV club premise, including traditional music, dance instructions, memorabilia and costumes. Out of this tragedy, the members at that time decided to connect more with folk dance groups from Germany, and so a second Dance Tour of Germany was held in 2006. The first Tour of Germany by the group was in 1997. Both tours enabled the group to expand and reclaim some traditional dance music. This second tour was very successful and has led to three dance groups to tour Australia, one from Kaltenkirchen (near Hamburg), from Stuttgart and from Meiningen (central Germany). The “Deutscher Volkstanzkreis” hosted each of these groups on their visits and arranged their performances in Adelaide.

Our floor shows reflect dances that originate from all parts of Germany, with some that are similar to dances from Austria and Switzerland. Our floor shows are still popular with audiences even though the traditional dances haven’t changed.

There have been many highlights over the years, some which will be remembered more than others. Such as at Adelaide Town Hall, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Newcastle, SA Regional Wine Festivals, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Sydney Olympics 2000 Torch Relay Festivities, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Victor Harbor, Williamstown, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Mount Gambier, Darwin, Canberra and Germany just to mention a few.

Many group leaders over the years have guided the “Deutscher Volkstanzkreis” and “Kindertanzkreis” to where it is today; a strong community group with many German and Australian friends. Some significant people have earned the title of Honorary Member for their outstanding contribution including; Frau Abel, Hans Kieslinger, Grant Nitschke and Ingrid Baihlit.

In 2010, things are much the same, but we’ve changed the name to “DVK Dance Group Inc”. “It is much easier to say”, says Elke Supple our current group leader “the Australians have always struggled to say ‘Deutscher Volkstanzkreis’ correctly and getting ourselves incorporated is a way forward for the future of the group”.

What do we offer new members?

A very affordable activity.
Something the whole family can do.
Chance for you to get fit and healthy in a fun way.
Performance costume at no cost (if you’d like to perform).
Rights to low member rates at the German Club and Donauschwaben Club activities/facilities.
Meet new people.
Learn new skills.

German Heritage and History Group (Deutsche Nachkommensgruppe)

Group leader Robert Lamb
Contact Ph. (08) 8262 4787
Meetings First Sunday of each month at 5pm for approx. one hour
Location Club house

From 1838 large numbers of German speaking people settled in South Australia. These pioneer settlers and their descendants have made a significant contribution to the development of South Australia. As a result of two world wars and the feelings these generated, much of this important history has been blurred. A small group of German descendants met on 10th September 1980 to establish a German Descendants’ Group within the S.A. German Association. The objectives of the group are: to contribute to and foster the culture and traditions of our forebears who came from Germany and to be concerned with the preservation of the German heritage and history in South Australia. The group ensures that in displays, historical compilations and exhibitions the contribution of the Germans and their descendants since 1838 is not forgotten or overlooked.

German Folksong Choir (Deutscher Volksliederchor)

Group leader Dr Jane Boroky
Contact Ph. (08) 7073 5720
Practice Wednesdays at 7.45pm
Location Club house, Carl Linger Hall

The German Folksong Choir is in existence since 1954 and is the first German speaking mixed choir to be founded in Australia after World War II. We are happy that after so many years, we are still able to bring our beautiful German folk songs to all who take pleasure in hearing them. Folk music is surely one of the most effective forms of cultural expression, promoting friendship and understanding. We extend a sincere invitation to all who wish to join us.

Ladies Gymnastic Group (Damengymnastikgruppe)

Group leader Mrs. Christel Piep
Contact Ph. (08) 8337 5036
Practice Mondays at 7.30pm, Wednesdays at 11am
Location Club house, Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium

It all started in 1965 with a few ladies getting together to keep fit. The group became so popular that it had seventy members in the 1980s who enjoyed healthy exercise and some aerobics all to stimulating music.

The first group leader was Mrs. Bihari, followed 1966 by Mrs. Selma Ebel who acted in her position with love and dedication until 1995 when Mrs. Christel Piep took over. Of course we must not forget to mention the instructors who keep everybody “on their toes”. They are Traudl Meinhardt for the Monday section and Hannelore Tebeck for the Wednesday section.

The group also enjoys social functions like birthday celebrations, luncheons and outings. Once a year the group stages the very successful “Bunter Nachmittag” ( The variety afternoon) with coffee and homemade cakes for everybody including the public to enjoy.

Philatelic Group (Briefmarkengruppe)

Group leader Mr  Jürgen Kracht
Contact Ph. (08)  8358 2802
Meetings Second and fourth Monday of each month at 7.45pm
Location Club house, Wolf Blass Weinkeller

Are you interested in stamp collecting and would like to meet others who share your interest? Are you a beginner and would like some ideas on how to get started in this interesting hobby? If so, you might like to come along and join us. You will have the opportunity to make new friends with similar interests, exchange information and ideas, trade stamps with other collectors throughout Australia via our Circuit Books, which provide an opportunity for collectors across the country to buy and sell stamps and associated items with ease and security, and – last but not least – bid for stamps etc. to add to your own collection at our in-house auctions.

Founded in 1965, Werner Pohl was its first group leader and is leading the group again now. There have been other group leaders in the meantime and they all have faithfully carried out the original programme of the foundation committee. There are collectors specialising in German material but other countries, in particular Australia, are collected, too. A highlight every year is the Christmas Party for members, their families and friends which traditionally is not only a time of meeting and talking but also continuing the more serious tradition of Christmas. For the 100-year celebration of the SA German Association the group organised a tremendous exhibition, auction and sale of philatelic items of interest.

Shooting Group 'Falkenauge' (Schützengruppe Falkenauge)

Group leader Mr Trevor Dennert
Contact Ph. (08) 8395 5378
Practice Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Location Club house, Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium

Shooting is one of the few sports that has been represented at every modern Olympic Games. Air Rifle shooting had an enormous response at the first World Air Weapons Championships in Seoul, South Korea. Ten thousand spectators watched this event in the mid 1970s, and this has ensured that a separate Air Weapons competition is now a regular feature of the International Shooting Calendar. The Brisbane Commonwealth Games and the Los Angeles Olympics have established Air Rifle as a major World Sport.

Shooting clubs were established in Europe soon after the development of guns in the 14th Century. This long tradition was curtailed after World War II when the Allies prohibited the use of firearms in Germany.

Many Germans turned to air weapons in order to continue their centuries-old ‘King Shoot’ and hunting traditions, and this new form of shooting was quickly developed and taken up world-wide.

The first Air Rifle club was established in Australia in Adelaide in 1964 by German and Austrian immigrants. By 1969 there were at least eight German Clubs with groups of Air Rifle enthusiasts. The first Australian Air Rifle Championship was conducted in 1970, with about 70 shooters representing seven clubs.

From a general meeting, the first Committee was elected and the Air Rifle Association of Australia (ARAA) was born.

There are currently 29 clubs affiliated with the ARAA. Although many of these have connections with German or Austrian Clubs, membership is open to all and comprises more than half non-German shooters.

Fees vary from club to club, and most groups charge an annual fee for ammunition, targets etc. Club rifles are usually available for members’ use. ARAA membership and insurance is around AU$20. Basic membership and club equipment usage will cost less than AU$100 a year. As proficiency and interest increase, personal gear such as boots, gloves, jackets and rifles can usually be bought second-hand.

Table Tennis Group (Tischtennisgruppe)

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Group leader Mr Damien Maddigan
Contact Ph. 0428 379 534
Email damienm@internode.on.net
Meetings Mondays & Thursdays 6.00pm—9.30pm
Location Club house, Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium

Our Table tennis group has been part of the SAADV since 1958. We have approximately 25 loyal members, ranging from teenagers through to veterans and from beginners through to members ranked in Australia’s top 100. We practise in the Friedrich Jahn Gymnasium on four tables, generally followed by a few drinks in the bar down stairs. Our group is associated with Table Tennis SA and a number of our members compete in their winter pennant competitions. We also organise quite a few social activities with our annual BBQ, exchanges with other clubs and our Christmas dinners being the highlights of the year. All Table tennis enthusiasts, whether beginner or “pro”, are invited to come and see us for a trial.

Tennis Group (Tennisgruppe)

Group leader Mr Ray Brandt
Contact Ph. (08) 8370 0113
Playing times Tuesdays 10am—1pm: Ladies Day
Wednesdays 10am—1pm: Seniors Day
Saturdays 10am—1pm: Social Day
Saturdays 1pm—5pm: Competition
Sundays 9am—12noon: Social Day
Location Parklands

From a humble beginning in 1958 the club developed into a reputable force with four tennis courts and five competitive teams playing in the Southern Districts Tennis Association. We now have two synthetic grass courts and play tennis more often than ever. The courts are situated on Greenhill Road, Wayville, opposite Annesley College with excellent change room facilities. New members are always welcome.

Adelaide University German Club (*Associate Member Group)

Group leader Caitlin Smith
Contact german@auclubs.com.au
Meetings Weekly

The Adelaide University German Club aims to promote German culture in South Australia. We celebrate its language, food and drink – particularly the fine beer! There is no requirement to be studying German, or to be of German heritage, just to have a good time with great people.

Our Club was founded in 1953, making it one of the oldest clubs on campus! But age isn’t everything. Our events are some of the most popular and well-attended on the Adelaide University campus, and The German Club. Throughout the year we hold our Cabaret, Annual Play, Trivia Night and more.

The Committee are a dedicated bunch of people who get together on a monthly basis to organise Club Events, talk about how the Club is being run, and try to make it better for the members. If you think you can make a contribution, or would just like to know what it would take to get involved, then please send an email.