Minutes from the Old Days 

Hamburg Hotel
Hamburg Hotel - venue of the ALT's practices in the earliest days (cr Rundle St & Gawler Place)


* The "Mr Wedemeyer" referred to in these pages was the proprietor of the Hamburg Hotel. He was not a member of the ALT.

* Apparently the choir conducted committee meetings and general meetings after practices in those days.  It appears that choir practices were popular attractions, and always attracted an audience. The public was excluded from practices until 9pm, when the doors were opened and the general public allowed entry. The choir would then put on a few songs before proceeding to the bar. This practice is still followed today, except that members of the public (aside from our faithful wives) don't seem to be too interested in attending practices, and that the members frequent the bar before practice instead of after ...

Adelaide 3rd January 1860
Mr. Ziegler proposed that the keys to the Liedertafel cashbox, which are at present held by the treasurer, be handed to Mr. Wedemeyer for safe keeping and will only be issued to a committee member.
All present agreed to this proposal. Mr. Wedemeyer was asked if he would accept this decision [and he agreed]. After choir practice the keys were handed to him. A motion was put forward, by Mr. Ziegler  and the minute taker that Mr. Wetzel and Kretschmer become new members of the ALT, a 2nd tenor and a 2nd bass.
Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 10th January 1860
After choir practice the members who nominated Mr. Wetzel and Kretschmer as members of the ALT, [were told] to inform them both [that their nominations were] not accepted. The committee then was informed about the progress over the development of a future choir flag, and a cost estimation was handed in. Before a decision will be made, Mr. Armbrüster suggested that it would be much better to purchase a banner, which can be more easily put up than a flag. Also, the manufacturing cost would only be ₤3 or ₤4 and could be paid from the choir’s money, while a flag would be far more expensive. This explanation was gratefully accepted and for the time being this matter was put to rest.

Present were 20 members.
Adelaide 17th January 1860
As a result of a Freemason meeting
(presumably at the same venue - the Hamburg Hotel) it was not  possible for the Liedertafel to hold their meeting over some important matters. This  evening was [therefore] proposed as a practice night and 17 members agreed. During this practice Mr. C. Linger made known to the singers that he would prefer in future to start practice [sharp] at 8pm, and [expressed displeasure at] members turning up at 8.30pm. He gave as his reasons that known songs do not need not so much time, but new songs need at least one hour to practice and the allotted practice time for singing is not enough.

After the singing concluded the members withdrew into the next room for a deliberation. Mr. Braun asked what will happen to members that have not signed up? He then was asked to speak to these members and request their signature.

A discussion then followed about the proposed flag or banner. Some members prefer a flag instead a banner. Mr. Armbrüster asked that members refrain from any hasty decision for now and to wait till next Tuesday. He then will produce a drawing and put it to the members. Mr. Meier brought forward a motion to accept the proposal, it was seconded and all members accepted this.

25th January 1860
Mr. Linger brought the songs No. 13 & 23 as well as the 2
nd part of the “Orpheus“ in for discussion. The songs are: "Ich bin nicht gern allein" (I don’t like to be alone) and “Ein Leben wie im Paradies“ (A life in Paradise).
After choir practice the committee adjourned to the next room and discussed a letter from Mr. von Einem, which Mr. Linger had received. The Liedertafel was asked for their assistance, for Monday 30th at the Port Adelaide Institute, at a Soiree. After lengthy discussion it was agreed that:

  1. The Institute shall bear the cost of transport to and from the venue as well as the refreshments.
  2. Mr. Linger then was asked to reply to this letter as well as allocating some appropriate music for this occasion.

Present were 17 members.
Adelaide 31st January 1860
The departure time for the bus to the Port Institute was set for yesterday evening at
6pm, from the Hamburger Hotel. The [horse-drawn] bus “Victoria” loaded all participants, Mr. Schrader, 3 brothers Rowe, Mr. Linger and Ohlemann as well as Mr. Wedemeyer and 2 other members.

At precisely
6.30pm the bus departed. Of course the trip did not start without an incident. The axle broke [at the point where] the spring rests. But this problem was soon resolved and the bus could resume on its way. Some members who had started walking were soon caught up and taken on board once more.

At about
8.15pm we finally arrived at our destination. Since the evening had already started the Liedertafel was asked to get ready to start their musical programme. The Liedertafel sang 6 songs including the “Song of Australia“ by Carl Linger. The appearance of the Liedertafel was appreciated by all with a standing ovation and after they finished their programme were not allowed to stop. As an encore the Song of Australia was repeated. The evening came to its conclusion with “God Save the Queen“ sung by all guests and of course the Liedertafel.

After the official evening refreshments the port wine and ale did their best to bring a good atmosphere and high spirit to all the singers on their way home. Singing and joking played a big part until the bus arrived approximately
00.30am back at the Hamburg Hotel.

At today´s meeting only 14 members showed up and one singer put his apology forward.
O. Ziegler nominated Mr. Schultz and Mr. Port for membership and L. Mühr was seconder.

After practice A. Armbrüster displayed a drawing for the future banner to the Liedertafel. The wording “DEUTSCHE LIEDERTAFEL“ caused a heated discussion. O. Ziegler started with the argument that the word “DEUTSCHE“ was unnecessary. The final wording should be: “ADELAIDER LIEDERTAFEL“ with the addition of the date “
30th June 1858“. All agreed with this and the design of the future banner was unanimously accepted [by acclamation]. Mr. A. Armbrüster thanked the members for their acceptance and with that he kept a promise - five months ago, when the Liedertafel agreed to sing at his wedding, he promised to present the Liedertafel with a gift - their own banner. Now was the opportunity to keep his promise. He had only one wish for himself - may this banner have a long life, be always protected and proudly shown by its owners at all times in the future.

Mr. Schröder (2
nd. Tenor) has departed for Melbourne and with this a new Liedertafel member list was tabled as follows:

1 Tenor

2 Tenor

1 Bass

2 Bass

I. Eitzen

L. Maraun

L. Muhr

F. Schierenbeck

G. Reinhardt

I. Pfaundtler

O. Ziegler

A. Armbrüster

W. Nitzschke

W. Mäth

C. Braun

A. Leschen

E. Meyer

H. Schlegel

C. Bielefeld

F. Arding

Th. Niehuus

F. Meier

A. Schlüter

W. Bartels

W. Voss

H. Ohleman has not yet given an indication for his membership, because he may be leaving Adelaide due to work commitments. =============================================================================

Adelaide 7th February 1860
Mr. Schultz was accepted as a new member for the Liedertafel in the 2
nd Bass.

Present were 19 members.

Adelaide 14th February 1860
Mr. Seeger was proposed by Mr. Math as a new member for the second Tenor.

Present were 18 members.

Adelaide 21st February 1860
Mr. Bartels apologised for not being able to attend today´s practice. He was needed in his business.

Mr. Seeger was accepted as a new member in accordance with the constitution.

In the next room, a letter addressed to Mr. C. Linger and the "Deutsche" Liedertafel was read out. In this letter the Port Adelaide Institute thanked them for their support at the recently celebrated “Soirée“ evening. Also it was hoped that the Liedertafel in future will be able to support them again.

Then the topic was changed to more unpleasant business. In recent times the following matter came to the committee's attention. Some unknown individuals have turned up to the choir practice. The committee must address this instantly. In the future no other persons than the singers shall be permitted [in the practice room]  before 9pm, and after this time only guests introduced by the members. All present voted unanimously to accept this decision. There was also to be a list of the registered guests. Mr. Wedemeyer accepted the decision of the committee.

Mr. Ziegler then read a parody of Mr. C. Lingers “Song of Australia“ in the German language and asked Mr. Linger (who liked it) to write a parody melody for it. After this Mr. Linger suggested the song: “Wer hat dich du schöner Wald" by Mendelssohn – Bartholdi for the Liedertafel to practice. It was unanimously accepted and Mr. Braun was given the honour of writing the music for each voice (the choir still sings this song today, except that we know it as "Der Jäger Abschied").

Present were 15 members.
Old Music BookAdelaide 28th February 1860

Nothing to report. Present were 18 members.
Adelaide 6th March 1860
Mr. Ziegler suggested a serenade at Mr. Armbrüster´s Polterabend
(party on the eve of a wedding) tomorrow. This was accepted and all assembled at 9.30pm at the Hotel Hamburg. On the 7th March at 10pm the singers travelled to Stepney, where in Rosenhain´s House they celebrated. After a short stop in Norwood, they picked up two more singers and Mr. Böllmann the conductor. 13 singers were on their way for a surprise visit. The first song was: “Das ist der Tag des Herrn“ (This is the Day of the Lord - still sung by the choir today) followed by two more songs. Mr. Armbrüster invited the singers in for a few drinks, which they gratefully accepted. Congratulations were then officially in order for the bride and bridegroom and of course a couple more songs and then everyone went cheerfully home.

(Johann Friedrich Martin Armbrüster married Maria Sophia Rosenheim at the Adelaide Registry Office in March 1860. Based on what's contained in the above minutes entry it was probably on Saturday 10th. They had three sons and two daughters born between 1861 and 1870 while living in Wakefield Street East. Sophia died in 1885 aged 49, and Frederick was remarried at the age of 66 to 44 year-old widow Emma Hermina Richardson née Esselbach (1850-1929) at her father’s home in Stepney. More details about JFM Armbrüster here.) 

Present were 18 members.

Adelaide 13th March 1860

Nothing to report. Present were 18 members.

Adelaide 20th March 1860
Mr. Schierenbeck proposed the song: “Die Himmel Rühmen“ for the choir to practice. The song was accepted by all
(and is still sung by the choir today)

Present were 18 members.

Adelaide 27th March 1860
Mr. Bartels apologized for missing today's practice.A letter from the  Schützengesellschaft
(Shooting Society) was read to the members. An invitation to their Königsschiessen (Kings Shoot) was extended to the Liedertafel. The quarterly General Meeting was set for the forthcoming Tuesday 3rd April. Mr. Linger proposed the following song for the choir to be practiced: No 69 from V. Thiel aus Orpheus “Wir leben frei“.Present were 16 members.
Adelaide 3rd April 1860 (Generalversammlung / quarterly AGM)
Mr. Braun read the quarterly treasurer's report as follows:
Carried forward from last quarter £5. 5. 1.
Income: Membership fees from 24 members £9. 0. 0.
Total £14. 5. 1.
Expenditure: Mr Linger £6. 10. 0.
Music writing £0. 16. 0.
Total £7. 6. 0.
Surplus £6. 19. 1.
The report was accepted by all and signed by the chairman Mr. Schierenbeck. Afterwards Mr. Reinhardt proposed an application to introduce a monthly amount from 2s. 6d. to the above 7s.6d. due to the hard times they are going through. Mr. Ziegler seconded this and it was unanimous accepted by all present.
Adelaide 10th April 1860
(Carl Linger's wife Wilhelmine died of consumption (tuberculosis) in Adelaide on 7 April 1860. He later married Christiane Mathilde Hogrefe; their only child was born in Adelaide on 6 May 1861. More details here.)

Following the death of our conductor's wife on Saturday, 10 singers came together on Sunday evening. The former singer Mr. Ohlemann visited from Kapunda to support the group. They practiced two songs: “Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rat“ and “Die Himmel Rühmen“ for the funeral. At 10am the next morning they assembled at the cemetery where they sang “Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rat“ when the coffin was set up and “Die Himmel rühmen“ when it was lowered into the grave. Mr. Linger extended a warm thank you through Mr. Braun to the Liedertafel. He was very emotional when the Liedertafel sang “Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rat“. Mr. Braun spoke to Mr. Linger and informed him that Mr. Schierenbeck will take over [next Tuesday's] practice and he should have the day off. 14 singers and Mr. Ohlemann were present at the practice.

In the afternoon the Liedertafel kept their promise to sing at the Königsschiessen ("King's Shoot") at Glen Osmond. They hoped to have a few enjoyable hours there, but were very disappointed as there was no warm welcome as on past occasions. Even so, the choir did its best but the atmosphere was frosty and unsatisfactory.

Adelaide 17th April 1860
Mr. Linger thanked the Liedertafel once more in person for the honour extended at the funeral of his wife. Mr. Schierenbeck introduced the song: “Droben stehet die Kapelle“ to the choir and Mr. Braun seconded. It was voted on and was accepted.

Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 20th April 1860
Last night the Liedertafel came together to discuss the funeral arrangements on Friday at 3pm, for Madame Maraun [wife of 2nd tenor Maraun]. The members decided to sing two songs at the grave.
The Hymn: “Jesus meine Zuversicht“ and ”Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rat were selected. When the coffin was lowered they sang the hymn and afterwards the second song. After this each singer made his way home.

Adelaide 24th April 1860
Mr. Braun read a letter from Mr. Maraun to the Liedertafel. He thanked them for their contribution at his wife´s funeral. Mr. Reinhardt suggested the following song: “Auf ihr Brüder, lasst uns walten“ seconded by Mr. Schierenbeck. The members voted and accepted the song for the next practice.

Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 1st May 1860
After practice the audience was politely asked to vacate the hall, [and the Liedertafel] had a meeting. Mr. Ziegler took the chair as speaker for the Liedertafel. He put forward to all present the following motion: It was time that the German Club, Liedertafel and Schützengesellschaft
(shooting society) amalgamate into one association. And, if the present attendance should come to a preliminary decision, it would have to be forwarded to the respective groups and organise a committee of three people to represent them. The Liedertafel voted the following: Mr. Schierenbeck 14 votes, Mr. Ziegler 12 votes, Mr. Reinhardt 10 votes. All three accepted their nomination. At the same time the Liedertafel elected a committee of 5 people to organise the upcoming Stiftungsfest (Jubilee of the choir) as follows:

Mr. Braun 14 votes;
Mr. Eitzen 11 votes;
Mr. Ziegler 7 votes;
Mr. Mühr 7 votes;
Mr. Armbrüster 7 votes;
Mr. Reinhardt 7 votes.

There were also some other single votes. Between the last three members a second ballot was needed, but Mr. Armbrüster declined before this took place and all other nominees accepted.

Present were 18 members.

Adelaide 8th May 1860
Mr. Seeger proposed the song: “Die Sänger“ - Mr. Schierenbeck seconded and it was unanimously accepted.

Present were 16 members

Adelaide 15th May 1860
Nothing to report.

Present were 16 members and Mr. Bartels tendered an apology.

Adelaide 22nd May 1860
Mr. Linger presented the song: “Rund ist alles in der Welt“. It was accepted and Mr. Braun was asked to once more to write the music for each voice.
Mr. Armbrüster proposed the song: “Was gleicht wohl auf Erden” (still sung by the choir today. It is "Jägerchor" from the opera "Der Freishütz" by Carl Maria von Weber). This would be sung at the Jubilee celebration. Mr. Linger was asked if he would write an accompanying part for French Horn. The vote was accepted by all.

Present were 15 members.

Adelaide Adelaide 29th May 1860
Mr. Schierenbeck moved that Mr. Beecken become a member of the Liedertafel, seconded by Mr. Reinhardt. Mr. Beecken was auditioned and determined to be a 1st tenor.

After practice the choir was informed about the committee’s decision for the forthcoming Jubilee celebration. The date was set for the 2nd July. It shall be an evening with entertainment, dinner and ball to follow. The committee has decided as follows:

1. Because of the cost of the Jubilee celebrations Mr. Reinhardt moved, seconded by Mr. Eitzen, that no complimentary tickets will be issued. The vote was unanimously accepted.

2. Each member be issued with four tickets to sell for the amount 2s 6d each. This was unanimously accepted.

3. Mr. Reinhardt proposed, seconded by Mr. Maraun, that the committee will also issue Mr. Oehlmann with four tickets, as he is now also a member.

4. Mr. Armbruster proposed that the committee purchase a black board, which Mr. Eitzen seconded. The proposal was accepted by all.

Furthermore the committee promised to inform the Liedertafel as soon as possible about the song selection
for the Jubilee.

Present were 17 members.
Adelaide 5th June 1860
Mr. Beecken was accepted as a new member of the Liedertafel.

Present were 17 members

Adelaide 12th June 1860
Nothing to report.

Present were 19 members.


Adelaide 19th June 1860
After practice the committee assembled in the adjoining room to discuss the dinner for the Jubilee celebration.

Mr. Wedemeyer is prepared to offer a hot meal for 4s p.p., but without poultry, cake etc. The members accepted his offer.

Mr. Schlegel will donate the flowers for the decoration in the hall and Mr. Ziegler will hopefully contribute some decorations. The tickets will be issued next Tuesday.

Present were 19 members.

Adelaide 26th June 1860

With regard to tickets for the Jubilee celebrations Mr. Ziegler proposed that all members be issued with 5 tickets instead of four as was decided in a previous meeting. The reason he gave was that some members will not be present anymore after the concert. This proposal was seconded and unanimous accepted. After practice all members were asked to be early on Sunday morning to assist with decoration of the hall and tables.

Mr. Ziegler also proposed that Mr. Schrader bring his lyre [for decoration purposes] (apparently Herr Schrader kept this instrument for safekeeping. It had previously been purchased by the ALT for £1). Mr. Armbrüster will ask the German club to lend us their German Flag, to display it next to the English Flag, in the festivity hall.

The committee asked all members to bring their unsold tickets back by Friday evening and furthermore let the committee know how many people will attend the evening dinner.

Present were 19 members.

Adelaide 3rd July 1860

The hall was very beautiful and tastefully decorated. The opening of the celebration started with an overture, played by the Adelaide Music Corps. After this opening prelude Mr. Armbrüster took the opportunity to present the Liedertafel with their new banner. It was brilliantly done, on white ground stitched in yellow silk. It features a lyre surrounded by a wreath consisting of a half laurel in green and the other half in green oak leaves, with the words inscribed: "Adelaider Liedertafel, gestifted den 30. Juni 1858", and on the reverse side the German National flag in black, white and red silk. It was a most moving moment for all present (the banner is still in the choir's proud possession). After this the undersigned thanked Mr. Armbrüster in the name of the Liedertafel. Mr. Armbrüster then gave some more explanatory words to the audience. The choir sang “Auf ihr Brüder lasst uns wallen“, followed by two more. Then followed a cornet solo by Mr. Heidecke, a story by Mr. Schrader and another 2 songs by the Liedertafel: “Das Deutsche Vaterland“ and “Wer hat dich du schöner Wald“ accompanied by two French horns. The second part started again with a beautiful overture and the song: “Rund ist alles auf der Welt“, and a second cornet solo by Mr. Heidecker. Two more songs: “Was gleicht wohl auf Erden“ accompanied by two French horn and the “Speisezettel“. Then another surprise by Mr. Oehlmann, as he sang: “O, stille das Verlangen“. Then came the parody of the "Song of Australia“ sung by Messrs Eitzen, Maraun and Mühr with much humour. It was received with long applause. The official part of the celebrations were closed and the dinner-dance lasted till midnight. No one had left the premises at this time. ===============================================================================
10th July 1860
Mr. Eitzen and Mr. Maraun reported the sudden death of Mr. Eitzen’s sister, especially since her wedding to Mr. Maraun had been set for the following Thursday. She was not very well at the jubilee festivities, and took a turn for the worst with an abdominal infection. She passed peacefully away on Sunday morning and yesterday it was our sad duty to accompany her to her last resting place. She was only 25 years old. The Liedertafel sang: “Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rat“ and Mr. Schrader played two funeral marches. There were no practices on Tuesday and today because most members would be late and since there were still a few items to be discussed [it was decided to abandon practices]. Mr. Braun handed down the treasurer's report for the last quarter as follows:
Carried forward from last quarter £6. 19. 1.
Income this quarter £7. 12. 6.
Total £14. 11. 7.
Expenditure £7. 11. 6.
Surplus £7. 0. 1.
Mr Armbrüster will take the amount for safe keeping. The report was accepted by all. Mr. Ziegler was asked to have a word with Mr. Schrader about the decorations for the Jubilee, if it was possible to purchase them. Mr. Mühr proposed Mr. Burmeister as a member of the Liedertafel, in the 1st Bass.Mr. Schierenbeck proposed the song No 121 for practice , it was seconded and accepted. ===============================================================================
delaide 17th July 1860
Mr. Ziegler reported that Mr. Schrader will sell the decorations for the amount of £6. After lengthy discussion it was decided to purchase the lot for the asked price. Mr. Muhr withdrew his proposal about Mr. Burmeister becoming a member of the Liedertafel. Furthermore he offered to take the items from Mr. Schrader for safe keeping. Present were 15 members.

24th July 1860
Mr. Armbrüster expressed a wish that for a second Liedertafel Festival some new songs have to be prepared. Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Schierenbeck proposed one song each. Both were accepted and Mr. Braun was asked once more to write them into the song books. Mr. Ziegler reminded the committee that tomorrow was Mrs. Armbrüster's birthday and it was the obligation of the Liedertafel to serenade her. To do this it was proposed to use the premises after choir practice at 9.30pm. The proposal was accepted by all members. Present were 16 members.

31st July 1860
Present were 17 members and nothing to be reported.

7th August 1860
Present were 17 members and nothing to be reported.

14th August 1860
Mr. Braun proposed to the committee, to ask Mr. Seger what happened to the amount of 5s for the 2 tickets of the recent Jubilee. The members unanimously accepted the proposal.Present were 15 members

21st August 1860
Mr. Braun reported that Mr. Seger is no longer a member of the Liedertafel and has moved away. [Mr Braun said that Mr Seger said that] the 5s were left with the treasurer before he moved.The 28th of this month was set for the AGM.Present were 16 members.

28th August 1860
The AGM had to be shifted to next Thursday. The committee stated that if members turned up after 8.30pm [they would be levied a fine of] 6d, and if they did not turn up at all, 1s. ===============================================================================
30th August 1860
The AGM chairman was Mr. Schierenbeck.Mr. Reinhardt and Mr. Maraun proposed that all existing special committees be dissolved. This proposal was seconded and accepted by all.

Mr. Reinhardt then proposed that Mr. Linger was given the time from 8pm – 8.30pm to practice music exercises, even if the number of singers are only small. This proposal was unanimously accepted.

Mr. Armbrüster proposed that an inventory be prepared of all items kept by Mr. Maraun, Mr.Mühr
as well as the music books. Also all members were asked to hand over all sheet music in their possession to Mr. Maraun.Mr. Braun resigned his position as treasurer. Mr. Leschen and Mr. Maraun proposed the creation of a new position of Archivist at the same time as selecting a new treasurer. They also moved that Mr. Armbrüster and Mr. Schlüter shall be considered for this position. Both were to accept this new position if voted in by the members. The vote was unanimous.

Mr. Armbrüster put a motion forward to have another entertainment evening. The committee accepted this motion and fixed it for the middle of October.
Mr. Leschen proposed that a 5-member committee be elected for the purpose of organising this function. The proposal was accepted and the election set for next Thursday. Mr. Reinhardt reminded the committee that non members were not permitted entry to the premises before 9pm, and that the door be kept being locked to this time. Lately it was noted this was not happening. The committee has to ensure that this will not happen in future. The committee agreed that in future only members will be let in.

Mr. Maraun asked the committee to thank Mr. Braun for his dedication and work over the past 18 month as treasurer for the Liedertafel, which the chairman, under applause from all members, delivered. Also Mr. Reinhardt asked that a thank you be given to the minute taker and secretary for his outstanding work on the Liedertafel committee. After this, 3s. penalty and 2s. penalty money for not attending meetings were handed to the treasurer.
The AGM then was closed.
Present were 16 members.


4th September 1860
This was a special meeting about the “Notenübungen“ for the choir. Mr. Linger pointed the following out to the committee: He will be disinclined to introduce extra practices for the singers if they do not want them. But he is willing to write a plan about different notes and dynamics for forthcoming music to be learned. Mr. Braun will be asked to write this into to all song books. Mr. Linger will then explain it to each individual [who requests his assistance]. After this it was time for the election of the new committee by ballot paper as follows: Mr. Schierenbeck 11 votes
Mr. Reinhardt
11 votes
Mr. Ziegler
10 votes
Mr. Mühr
8 votes
Mr. Niehuus
8 votes

Mr. Ziegler declined his nomination and was therefore excluded. Mr.
Schierenbeck, still in this position, received the most votes and therefore was asked if he would accept to continue in this position. If he also declined the office post then it will be automatically go to Mr. Reinhardt.Present were 15 members.

11th September 1860
Because of an uneasy and messy resolution a heated discussion started. After this all members agreed in the future to be punctual at practice times and to attend them frequently. Mr. Linger is willing to practice between 8pm and 8.30pm with individual singers, if so desired. Present were 15 members.

18th September 1860
After the choir practice the agenda for the entertainment evening was read, thirteen points discussed and decided on as follows:
  1. The evening was set for the 22nd October, because the premises was in use on the 15th October, the original date.
  2. Each member shall be given 6 tickets to sell @ 2s6d, and they have to pay for the ones that are not sold or handed back by Friday evening 10 pm to Mr. Armbrüster. Those tickets could be used by the members for their disposal until Monday midday.
  3. That Mr. Oehlmann will be invited by the committee [as a special guest].
  4. New tickets for the occasion will be printed with the following wording:

Adelaider Liedertafel Entertainment Evening
22nd October 1860 at the Hamburg Hotel.
Entry tickets for ...

Introduced by ...
Beginning at 8 pm

  1. That no general table setup will be arranged because of the evening entertainment. Coffee and cake will be organised between Mr Wedemeyer and the committee, and served between 12 and 1 pm.
  2. Members will be asked that if there are any volunteers for solo items for the concert to let the committee know at least 8 days in advance.
  3. The following songs have been selected and have to be practiced:

Wir sind ein fest geschlossener Bund
Grün,ja grün – with instrumental accompaniment.
Ich verbleibe froh
Still und schauerlich
Grandma will dance

A new song from Mr. Linger will be premiered.
Present were 14 members.


25th September 1860
For the evening two quartets need to be prepared and practiced. The singers will be: Mr. Reinhardt and Eitzen – 1. Tenor, Mr. Maraun and Andler – 2. Tenor, Mr. Braun and Muhr – 1. Bass, Mr. Schierenbeck and Armbrüster – 2. Bass. Since the time is too short to practice a new song for this occasion, the marching song “Frisch gesungen Kompanie” was selected. Mr. Wedemeyer reported that the hall was otherwise occupied next Tuesday and the practice was shifted to the following Thursday. Mr. Muhr declined to be a part of the evening entertainment as an official committee member.
Present were 16 members.
4th October 1860
Mr. Wedemeyer was asked to present a price for coffee and cake at the evening. He asked for two guineas, which was accepted.
Present were 16 members.


9th October 1860
Several members voted against the “marching song” because it has been sung too many times. Instead, “Unsere Weiher grünen wieder” was accepted. The music was distributed by Mr. Schierenbeck.
Present were 17 members.


16th October 1860
The programme was read to members and unanimously approved. Present were 18 members.


23rd October 1860
At last night's celebrations numerous guests were very surprised at the more than 16 piece programme for the concert. It started with the overture to “Weisse Dame” by the Schrader’sche Music Corps. This was followed by the choir with “Der Sänger” (the singer) and followed by an duet from “Wilhelm Tell“ for cornet played by Mr. Schrader and Heidecker.

After this followed a quartet with “Die Kapelle“ (the chapel) sung by Mr. Reinhardt, Maraun, Braun and Schierenbeck. Then came Mr. Niehuus with the parody of "Die Tonleiter eines Männernamens" (the scale of a man's name) followed by the Liedertafel “Ich erblicke froh“ (I feel happy). That was followed by Mr. Oehlmann with a solo "In den Augen liegt das Herz" (in the eyes lies the heart) and the choir finished the first bracket of with “Grün, ja grün“ (green, yes green).

The second bracket started with the overture from “Eliza and Cloudin“ followed by the choir and after this an cornet solo from Mr. Heidecker, and then the quartet sang from the “Der Schneid.“ The next piece was “Frühlingslied“ (spring song) and then  solos by Mr. Schierenbeck – “Lebewohl“ (farewell) and “Maria“. The choir finished the concert with “Der Walzer“ (the waltz) and Mr. Ziegler topped this with a self written joke.

Half an hour after the concert began the weather changed and a bad thunderstorm lasted for the rest of the night. This may have motivated the audience [not to request encores], and the applause was spasmodic. But the applause for the solos and music pieces were enthusiastic, and had to be repeated again and again. Even though it was very sultry, most of the guests still enjoyed dancing afterwards until 5am.

Adelaide 30th October 1860

Choir practice next day was cancelled. On Wednesday the quarterly GM was held. Mr. Braun read the financial statement with the proviso of not having received the money from the concert tickets. No changes to the constitution were brought forward. This evening the song “Brüder lasst uns lustig sein“ (brothers let us be happy) was introduced, by the undersigned and seconded by Mr. Braun. Mr. Maeth suggested the song “Herr Wirt noch einen Schoppen Wein“ (Mr. barman another glass of wine) seconded by Mr. Eitzen. Both songs were unanimously accepted and Mr. Braun was asked to write them into the song books.

Present were 17 members.

Adelaide 6th November 1860

Mr. Braun informed the committee of the new total in the cash book, including October income from the last concert. The new amount comes to ₤5. 9.10

Present were 18 members

Adelaide 13th November 1860 

An invitation to the German club's picnic on Christmas day was read to the members, but postponed to next Tuesday for discussion.

Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 20th November 1860

The invitation from the German club was the first item on the agenda. Read, discussed and unanimously accepted. Furthermore Mr. Armbrüster was given authority to speak on behalf of the Liedertafel to the German club committee and discuss important matters for the forthcoming event. Mr. Eitzen proposed Mr. Hanhen to become a new member of the Liedertafel, seconded by Mr. Maraun.

Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 27th November 1860

Mr. Hanhen was auditioned by Mr. Linger and assigned as a 1st Tenor. His new membership was unanimously accepted.

Present were 17 members.

Adelaide 4th December 1860

Mr. Armbrüster reported that the train [for the German club's picnic] will leave at 8 am on the 25th Dec. The Liedertafel will be picked up at the Hamburg Hotel and join the train later. The second carriage has been reserved for the singers. The price for adults are 4s. per person return fare and for children under 12 years of age 1s.6d. All carriages have to be decorated with German and English flags so the Liedertafel has to do the same with their carriage.

Also was proposed that the Liedertafel sing the “Song of Australia“. Mr. Wedemeyer will lend his English flag to the choir and a German flag will be found amongst the items stored by Mr. Schrader. Mr. Mühr will be in charge of the flags and Mr. Maraun will bring the flag poles. Our banner has to be carefully installed to avoid damage. For this reason Mr. Armbrüster volunteered to hold the banner throughout the journey. The songs will be announced after the next practice.

After practice it was decided that on the coming Saturday the Liedertafel will perform for Councillor Mr. Voss a serenade. The committee agreed to the following songs: 1. Das ist der Tag des Herrn ,2. Und hörst du das mächtige Klingen, 3. Auf ihr Brüder lasst uns wallen. The singers went to Mr. Voss’s house. After the songs were sung all members were served wine and beer and had a good time until after 1am in the morning.

Present were 17 members.

Adelaide 11th December 1860

Mr. Reinhardt proposed the song “Der Alte der die Stunden misst“ and it was seconded by Mr. Armbrüster. After practice the committee members went in to the next room to discuss some points for the forthcoming picnic. It was decided that the “Song of Australia“ [had been performed too often] and was to be replaced by the song “Das ist der Tag des Herrn”. A small committee was formed, consisting of the members Schierenbeck, Armbrüster and Ziegler to report to the club committee at next Tuesday’s practice evening.

Present were 17 members

Adelaide 18th December 1860

The songs for the picnic submitted to the Liedertafel by the committee were sung. After this some important arrangements for the picnic were discussed. Mr. Ziegler submitted the proposition that new years eve be celebrated, [the same] as every year. Mr. Wedemeyer could not give his permission because [the Hotel Hamburg's] Restaurant was already booked for that night. Therefore Mr. Ziegler suggested Mr. Ligget's restaurant in Stepney, which has a beautiful garden. This suggestion was well accepted and 12 members were interested in join in the celebrations. The next choir practice was postponed till the 3rd of January 1861.

Present were 16 members.

Adelaide 25th December 1860

Today was a wonderful day for all participants at the picnic, and only one member was absent. The weather did its best and all were in high spirits. The songs of the Liedertafel received lots of applause. After returning back to the restaurant, Mr. Wedemeyer apologised to the members and offered his establishment for the new years eve celebrations after all to the Liedertafel. He had misread the dates. [This pleased the members] because the premises in Stepney was so far from the city (3.5 Km, or 5 minutes on today's roads).