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NEW Templer Reflections

The latest issue of Templer Reflections asks the question: what is it, to be Templer, in 2018 in Australia?

In this issue:

  • Thoughts on Being Templer
  • From Australia to Canada to Israel: Me and my Templer Identity, Phillip Hoffmann
  • My Mother and a Watershed Moment, Linda Roberts
  • Practical Community, Dr R.O. Hoffmann

and more!

Download now

Being Templer
September 2018 (PDF, 3.3MB)

CHAMPION turns 5!

Please join us at CHAMPION for a cup of tea or coffee and a cupcake to celebrate our fifth birthday.

Monday 8 October
10.15am to 11.45am 
51 Elizabeth Street

No RSVP required



Coming Services

Sunday 7 October
German Song Service
Elder: Renate Beilharz

Sunday 14 October
Service & Elders’ Meeting
Bayswater Chapel
Elder: Harald Ruff

Sunday 28 October
Presentation Service & Children’s Day
Bentleigh Hall
Elders: Renate Weber & Annette Wagner-Hesse

Sunday 28 October
Meadowbank Hall
Elder: Christa Lingham

Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures

The Heritage & Culture Focus Group has published a booklet named Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures, a history of the Templer settlement of Wilhelma from its beginning in 1902 to its final days in 1948.

The photos selected give an overview of the primarily agricultural settlement, the fifth of the Templer settlements in Palestine, and come from the Temple Society Archives in Melbourne, as well as the Beilharz, Decker, Frank, Hornung, Klink, Richter, Sawatzky, Weber and Wied families. Thanks to the Wilhelma residents who helped with the names and the captions for the photos. Special thanks go to Peter Hornung who provided advice throughout. He also spent much time with other Wilhelma residents checking that we had the correct names for the captions.

Emphasis was placed on providing photos of people and activities rather than just buildings or landscapes. Even though it is seventy years since the last residents left Wilhelma, several of its former inhabitants still have a very good eye for detail and remembering the names of fellow residents. Thank you all for your efforts.

The publication was inspired by a request for photos by Ruth Danon, who lives in a former Sawatzky house in Wilhelma, now Bnei Atarot. She has a strong interest in Templer history and wanted some pictures to put in their museum. As we searched for suitable photos, we decided there were enough for a booklet, and so have now published Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures.


Paper copies in either A5 ($5) or A4 format ($10) can be ordered through the TSA Office.

Download the order form here.