Hahndorf, South Australia

Hahndorf, South Australia

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Hahndorf, South Australia

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Hahndorf is a small town about 30 minutes drive out of Adelaide, South Australia along the South Eastern Freeway (Princes Highway). The town was settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named "Kay" in Prussia, many of whom were aboard the Zebra. The town is named after Danish Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, who was captain of the Zebra.

German Influence

German influence is very apparent in Hahndorf and is seen physically in the traditional fachwerk architecture of the original surviving buildings. There are also many restaurants in the town serving German cuisine.

Due to the First World War in Europe, in 1917 the South Australian Government changed many German place names. The name Hahndorf was changed to Ambleside after the town in North West England, and this remained until the late 1930s, when it reverted to Hahndorf. There are still references to the name Ambleside in and around the town today.


Hahndorf is in the District Council of Mount Barker, the state electoral district of Kavel (right by the boundary with Heysen), and the federal Division of Mayo.


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