Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Mount Barker Council
Polygon Type D - item has been digitised (generally because it doesn't exist in a DCDB parcel, eg. bridge
Details (Known As) Hahndorf State Heritage Area
Registered Name
Significance Hahndorf State Heritage Area acknowledges the status of Hahndorf as the oldest (1839) surviving German settlement in Australia. It is one of the few Australian towns with a significant number of buildings which reflect a distinctive German character. 'The township of Hahndorf lies within a gentle and undulating landscape, drained by a network of five creeks, the confluence of which is at the main approaches to the township are through open rural landscapes into the very long Main Street with its large two storey landmark buildings and the open spaces of unbuilt-upon allotments and building setbacks, unified by an avenue of mature trees. Its layout is unique in Australia, for unlike Klemzig's (1838) Strassendorf form and Bethany's (1842) Hufendorf layout, Hahndorf is a combination of both archetypes. It is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia (Klemzig was the first) and as such presents important facets of the pioneer German way of life. Its historic character, centred upon Main Street and Victoria Street, arises from its unique plan form and is strengthened by the many surviving 19th century buildings constructed originally in German and then through generations of assimilation, Australian styles, the rhythm of its buildings and open spaces, small rural scale and avenue of trees'. (Extracted from 'Hahndorf Conservation Policy' 1991, p9)
Subject Index Urban area - State Heritage Area [Urban]
Class State Her Area
Status Code SHA - State Heritage Area (SA Heritage Act 1978)
Status Date 25-AUG-1988
State Heritage ID 13673
Heritage Number 27557
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information


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GIS files

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