‘Hardship, loneliness, the language barrier, it was all worthwhile. I have seen a country grow, I have helped build a city...’ – Karl Cloos
In 1951, a group of 150 young German men left the security of their homeland and the comfort of their families to travel half-way around the world to Australia, to work in a tiny city called Canberra.
So begins the extraordinary story of the ‘Jennings Germans’, and their unique contribution to not only a capital, but a whole new country.
Building a Life: the Jennings Germans story is an exhibition curated by the Canberra Museum and Gallery. This website—made possible by the generous assistance of AV Jennings and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany—gives an overview of the exhibition, its key themes and objects, and expands on some of the stories told in the show. Take a moment to look around and discover the incredible story of the ‘Jennings Germans’ and their legacy here in Australia.
For a brief overview of the history of the Jennings Germans, you can read the curator’s essay here