15 Feb 2020—18 Jul 2020

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

Building a Life: The Jennings Germans story

In the early 1950s, a group of 150 young German men left the security of their homeland and the comfort of their families to travel halfway around the world to a small city called Canberra.

Contracted to build 1850 homes in two years for construction company AV Jennings, the men, known affectionately as the ‘Jennings Germans’ began to build not only houses, but also a life for themselves. Brick by brick and friendship by friendship they changed the physical and cultural landscape of the young capital, with many choosing to remain here permanently, raising families and leaving behind a legacy that has lasted for generations.

Image:
'Jennings Germans' at work, 1952
Image courtesy of the Schmidt family