Since the dawn of Australian white settlement, Anglo-Australians, German-Australians and a multitude of other ethnic mirities were (and are) in search of an identity. This study aims to provide some answers to their quest and contains thoughts on other contemporary and historical aspects of life in Australia. It includes an analysis of the pivotal role of the Lutheran Church, from the very beginning inextricably linked to German settlement on the Australian continent. In Search of an Identity is a collection of essays written from the early 1990s to 1998.
The Author: Johann Peter Weiss, born in 1928 in Berlin, studied art and history in Stuttgart. Emigration to Australia in 1956. Bookseller in Adelaide, lecturer at TAFE colleges, since 1985 full-time researcher of German-Australian history. His other publications include A Short General and Statistical History of the Australian Lutheran Church and Internment and Internees in Australia during the Second World War. Johann Peter Weiss lives in Adelaide, South Australia.