Certain milestones in the history of Lutheran congregations of the German immigrants to the Philippi flats : 1877-2007

Rabe, Lizette (2007-11)

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Rabe, L. 2007. Certain milestones in the history of Lutheran congregations of the German immigrants to the Philippi Flats : 1877-2007. South African Journal of Cultural History, 21(2):80-104.

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The year 2007 marks the 130th commemoration of the arrival of the so-called Second Wave of German immigrants to the Western Cape, specifically to the Cape Flats, while New Year's Day 2007 commemorated the 120th year of independence of the Wynberg Lutheran congregation. Yet, it is also the year in which this, the oldest, and the second of the original three Lutheran congregations that have served this community, will cease to function as an independent congregation and will become a so-called parish of the last remaining congregation. The church building of this last remaining Philippi congregation, as well as the church of the first congregation that ceased to exist, that of Neu-Eisleben, was built 110 years ago, in 1897. This article gives an overview of the history of this community, indicating certain milestones before and since 1877, and records the thoughts of a couple of those descendants who are touched directly by the prorogation at the beginning of the 21st century of the independent existence of the oldest congregation.

Die jaar 2007 is die 130ste gedenkjaar van die koms van die sogenaamde tweede golf van Duitse immigrante na die Wes-Kaap, spesifiek na die Kaapse Vlakte. Nuwejaarsdag 2007 was ook die 120ste herdenking van die onafhanklikheid van die Wynbergse Lutherse gemeente. Dit is ook die jaar waarin hierdie oudste, en tweede, van die oorspronklike drie Lutherse gemeentes wat die gemeenskap bedien het, sal ophou om as onafhanklike gemeente te funksioneer en in 'n sogenaamde 'gemeenteverband' met die laaste oorblywende gemeente sal tree. Sowel die kerkgebou van die Philippigemeente as die kerkgebou van die gemeente wat eerste gesluit het, dié van Neu-Eisleben, is boonop vanjaar 110 jaar gelede gebou. Hierdie artikel gee 'n oorsig oor die geskiedenis van die gemeenskap in die lig van spesifieke mylpale voor en sedert 1877. Dit boekstaaf verder die gedagtes van 'n paar afstammelinge wat direk deur die opskorting van die oudste gemeente as onafhanklike gemeente geraak word.

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