Pastor Kavel's People

Pastor Kavel's People

 
Klępsk (formerly Klemzig) is also very famous in Australia thanks to Pastor August Ludwig Christian Kavel who with a group of German (Prussian) Lutherans decided to leave their houses and land in June 1938, and seek a new life in a totally unknown new homeland. The move was the result of religious persecutions by the Prussian authorities led by King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia. The first group of Lutherans arrived in Adelaide (Southern Australia) on the sailing ship Bengalee in November 1838 followed a few days later by the main group with Pastor Kavel on the Prince George. They initially settled in an area to the north of Adelaide that they called Klemzig, named after their home village. Descendants of the first immigrants nowadays regularly visit Klępsk and its vicinities in search for their roots or simply to visit the places where they possibly lived and worked. They are also  anticipated and warmly welcomed guests.
 
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