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Bethania Lutheran Cemetery

The Bethania Lutheran Church and Cemetery in Queensland are heritage listed.

At he middle of the 19th century a group of people in East Pommern (now Poland) made their way to Australia.

It was a poverty driven reason to leave Pommern. After an long and horrible journey they arrived in Moreton Bay.

They had to overcome some quarantine problems and after that they went a shore.

The "Germans" got land allocations below the Logan river. That is were they founded Bethania.

August Heinrich Noffke was among the first settlers and the great grandfather of my friend Fay Pasky.

Life was harsh for the immigrants from North-East Europe in the muggy heat of Queensland.

In the Bethania-Beenleigh area one can find the traces back in street names and parks of the pioneers.
Lutheran church in Bethania
Lutheran church in Bethania
The clocktower
The clocktower
The church entrance
The church entrance
Church window
Church window
Bethania Railway station
Bethania Railway station
Holzheimer Road
Holzheimer Road
Railway bridge
Railway bridge
Headstone  August Noffke
Headstone August Noffke
Great grandmother Johanna E Noffke
Great grandmother Johanna E Noffke
grandfather Wilhelm Ernst Noffke
grandfather Wilhelm Ernst Noffke
Honouring the early settlers
Honouring the early settlers
the cemetry
the cemetry
Noffke Park Bethania
Noffke Park Bethania
Noffke farm park
Noffke farm park
meadow in Holzheimer Rd
meadow in Holzheimer Rd
Radtke rd
Radtke rd
Near Logan river
Near Logan river