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ALL DESCENDANTS OF Johann Duldig are invited to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of his arrival in South Australia on the ‘Helene’ with his wife and son, Friedrich on January 23rd, 1856.

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Celebrating the arrival in Port Adelaide on 23.01.1856 of Johann and Anna Duldig with their son Friedrich aboard the Helene.
This trail was planned to take place on January 22nd 2006 but was cancelled due to extremely hot conditions. However, it can be undertaken comfortably in one day, allowing sufficient time to see the main points of interest at Peter’s Hill,World’s End and Eudunda. The times mentioned below are guides only.

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The trail begins at St Petri Lutheran Church at Peter’s Hill.
The Duldig family settled at Peter’s Hill early in 1856. Johann eventually purchased a property near the church. They had six more children and lived there for the rest of their lives. Johann died aged 86 years Anna died aged 90 years. They are buried in the old heritage listed cemetery south of Peter’s Hill. Follow the road which heads south past the Church. On the same road but further north of the Church, the ruins of Johann’s old homestead can be seen.

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Son Friedrich married Louise Schuppan of Emu Downs on 17.02.1876 at Black Springs Wesleyan Chapel (demolished 1976).
They settled on a property at World’s End where they established a creamery, a store and a thriving farm. This is our next point of interest. The trail returns to the main bitumen road to Marrabel. You leave the bitumen road on the way to Waterloo, Black Springs, Emu Downs and eventually, World’s End. North of Waterloo you come to a fork in the road. Take the right hand fork. At Black Springs the trail turns right. On the way to Emu Downs you will see sign posts directing you to Burra Creek Gorge (World’s End Creek).
At Emu Downs you find the Hallelujah Hills Road which takes you through the Hills to the Robertstown/Burra bitumen road.

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Photo Graham Whetstone number and inspection of buildings deleted as they are unsafe.
You proceed north until you reach a signpost pointing to Burra Creek Gorge. This is a well known picnic spot and a good place for you to have lunch. You then proceed north to ‘Dutton’s Trough’ a property owned by Mr Graham Whetstone who also owns Friedrich’s old property next door.
Friedrich and Louise lived there for 46 years. They had 14 children, 7 boys and 7 girls.
In 1922 they retired to Eudunda which is our next destination.

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On the trail to Eudunda you will travel southward through Robertstown, Point Pass and Emmaus. Just south of the Burra Creek Gorge is the Upper Bright Cemetery, on your left. There is a lonely memorial to Oswald Duldig, a son of Friedrich and Louise, who was killed in World War 1. South of Point Pass you will see a Golden Spire, a landmark for a Lutheran Church. Just north of this church is the site of the first Immanuel College founded in 1895 The building is currently used as a bed and breakfast venue. Travelling further south you will pass the Emmaus Cemetery where Friedrich and Louise are buried. Friedrich was 90 when he died and Louise was 66. After passing through Emmaus you soon reach Eudunda. Friedrich and Louise lived at 11 Lawrence Street, Eudunda and when Louise died in 1923, their son Louis and his family moved in to live with his father. In 1942, Friedrich moved to Australia Plains to live with daughter Mrs J.H. Schwarz. He died there on June 7th 1942. While in Eudunda you may wish to visit the Eudunda Heritage Gallery in Bruce Street. You will find it very interesting.
In it you will find a panel (amongst many others) for Friedrich Duldig. This panel has more information about his family with cross references to others (Pfitzner, Hansen and Schwarz) into which families four of his daughters were married.
Eudunda Heritage Gallery (www.eudundaheritage.com). The Gallery phone numbers are . (08) 8581 1552 (during opening hours) or Irene Hall on or Ph (08) 8581 1306. The Galery is open Fri/Sat 10-4 Sun 11-4 or feel free to ring Irene to make and appointment.

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