The fingerprints of the ‘Jennings Germans’ are all over Canberra – but who were they?
This exhibition explores the lives and legacy of the 150 German carpenters who came to Canberra in the early 1950s to build 1850 homes for construction company AV Jennings. After travelling halfway around the world, these young men began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship, they altered the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital and left a legacy that has lasted generations.
'Jennings Germans' at work, 1952
Image courtesy of the Schmidt family
Hear about the wonderful journey Senior Curator Sharon Bulkeley took in exploring the social history of one of Canberra's most interesting migrant groups - the Jennings Germans.
Hear first-hand from the original Jennings Germans about their experiences in Canberra during the 1950s and beyond.
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