Nieder-Weisel Memorial - Australian Dedication Event

In October 2010, over 20 Australian descendants of Nieder-Weisel immigrants joined many local families in Nieder-Weisel, Germay to attend a dedication ceremony for the Nieder-Weisel Memorial including unveiling the Memorial plaque, Church dedication, celebratory meals and tours of the town.  The unveiling and dedication of a replica of the original memorial plaque near Ballarat, Australia was held on the 19th and 20th January. The Australian event featured a plaque dedication, dinner and a chance to explore the Goldfields region that the Nieder-Weisel immigrants sought their fortunes in the 1800s. Details of the Australian event:


Australian Nieder-Weisel Memorial Dedication
January 19th and 20th 2013
Ballarat & Smythesdale, Victoria, Australia


Saturday 19th January
Sovereign Hill Visit
Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.  Explore the recreated streets and buildings of Gold rush era Ballarat, head underground through the mines, pan for gold and try your hand at Kegel, an early version of tenpin bowling.
  • Visitor's explored Sovereign Hill, met other friends of Nieder-Weisel and participated in a re-enactment of the Kegel Match held in 2010 in Nieder-Weisel at the Bowling Saloon in Sovereign Hill

Welcome Dinner*
Families and friends gathered for dinner and speeches in Ballarat on Saturday night.  

  • Ballarat Lodge (previously known as The
  • Mercure Hotel) at 613 Main Road, Ballarat at 7pm for
Sunday 20th January
Dedication Event, Smythesdale (near Ballarat)



The small town of Smythesdale located 19kms from Ballarat will host the Official dedication and is home to the Memorial Plaque.  Smythesdale and surrounds was home to a number of Nieder-Weisel descendans during the Victorian Gold Rush.   Smythesdale residents today share a peaceful but varied lifestyle with other nearby towns in the Golden Plains Shire. The small township is centred around the Police Camp Historic Precinct which includes the Court House, Police Lock-up, Police Stables, the original Post Office (now a handsome residence) and the old Court House Hotel. Little remains today of the original Smythes Creek district that created so much wealth and little physical evidence exists of old mining infrastructure and relics.

Events at Smythsdale included: 

 Walk around the history precinct and visit the police barracks, the lock-up, stables and the court house. See the gallows that were used in Ballarat for several hangings. Then call in at “The Well” Community Centre for a welcome cup of tea or coffee with musical entertainment, locals in period costume, photo displays. Hosted by Woady Yaloak Historical Society

The official Dedication Ceremony with local music,commemorative speeches,  and the unveiling and dedication of the memorial by Pastor Kevin Zwar, Lutheran minister (retired), himself a descendant from German origins.  Followed by a memorial lunch.

Getting from Ballarat to Smythesdale: From Sturt Street in Ballarat, turn left into the Midland Highway (A300), continue about 3km and turn into the Glenelg Highway (B160) at the Sebastopol roundabout to Smythesdale, Skipton and Hamilton.