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The origin of the South Australian placename Lobethal

When the 18 German families arrived at the Onkaparinga River, where they established the settlement Lobethal, Pastor Fritzsche held an open-air service of thanksgiving on 4th May 1842. He read out the following verse from the bible, from Martin Luther's German translation of the bible:

And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in Lobethal; for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of the same place was called Lobethal unto this day.

(Book 2 of Chronicles, chapter 20, verse 26. In many English translations of the bible the above verse calls the place Valley of Beracah = valley of praise = Lobethal.)

Therefore Pastor Fritzsche named the new settlement in the Mount Lofty Ranges Lobethal.

Photo: town sign in Lobethal (copyright: D Nutting)

Town sign at entrance to Lobethal

(See also German Placenames in Australia)

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