The stories of the LCA are now shared more widely than ever before, with monthly talks being streamed on the Friends of Lutheran Archives (FoLA) YouTube channel.

The mission of Lutheran Archives is to preserve the stories of the church and make them accessible for generations to come. FoLA supports this work by promoting research and enabling church members and the wider community to ‘enjoy the harvest’, curating a program of public talks presented by researchers on a diverse range of historical topics relevant to the Lutheran story in Australia. These monthly public meetings are held in person at Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Adelaide and livestreamed straight to YouTube.

You can tune into FoLA livestreams every month at the same place:


Ein Buschmann kann alles: HA Heinrich at Hermannsburg after Horseshoe Bend. Live at 7.30pm, Thursday 13 April 2023

Dr David Moore, linguist and translator of Central Australian languages, tells the story of Hermannsburg Mission in the era of teacher Hermann Adolph Heinrich, who assumed responsibility for running the Mission after Missionary Carl Strehlow’s death at Horseshoe Bend in October 1922. As teacher Heinrich once told a German visitor, ‘a bushman can do anything’.

In the Barossa and beyond: George French Angas, artist and naturalist. Live at 7.30pm, Thursday 25 May 2023

Dr Philip Jones, senior researcher at the SA Museum, presents an illustrated talk on the artist and naturalist George French Angas and his 1847 work South Australia Illustrated and explores how Angas’s legacy informs our understanding of colonial South Australia.


You can also catch up later! Previously streamed talks are available to watch on the FoLA YouTube channel.

Dear Sisters in the Faith: Letters of Thanks from Post-War Germany. Recorded 7.30pm, Thursday 23 February 2023

Reference Archivist Bethany Pietsch shares the story of a Lutheran family and women’s guild in country Victoria who sent relief parcels to desperate households in post-war Germany told in the words of the thank-you letters sent back by recipients between 1947 and 1949.

Bethel SA – a settlement of Germans, Wends, Moravians, Lutherans and others. Recorded 7.30pm, Thursday 23 March 2023

Lyall Kupke, former director of Lutheran Archives, presents a talk on the eclectic Barossa community of Bethel, where from 1855 German and Wendish settlers experienced a Moravian Brethren church and settlement, two Lutheran churches and a breakaway group


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