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Barossa Journeys

Into a valley of tradition

Noris Ioannou

Barossa Journeys
Barossa Journeys: Into a valley of tradition creates a sensory experience where the flavours of wine and food intermingle with the celebrations of festivals and music. Favourite places and enchanting, out-of-the-way sites are revealed.

Explore places as evocative as the long-lost village of Hoffnungsthal, and the strange cave home of the eccentric explorer Menge. Wander through historic cemeteries and puzzle over inscriptions written in Gothic text; view traditional Fachwerk cottages and Lutheran churches.

Listen to the tales of the Barossa: of the migration of Prussian refugees, the entrepreneurship of British and German winery pioneers, and the planting of Yalumba's vineyards on moonlit evenings. Follow the secret treks of the potter.

The Barossa's old customs and symbols are also explained: the black Lutheran wedding dress, the tin-kettling rite, the featherstripping evenings, the pagan meanings of harvest celebrations, and the Wends and their folklore and witchcraft beliefs.

Dr Noris Ioannou is an Adelaide-based cultural historian, among Australia's foremost writers on Australian folk culture, heritage and the decorative arts. His first cultural history, Ceramics in South Australia 1836-1986, received the Australian Heritage Award. His other books include a landmark text on the Barossa Valley and its Germanic heritage, as well as cultural histories on Australian studio glass and other crafts. He is a contributing author for a number of major books including the Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. Dr Ioannou is a past president of the Professional Historians Association, and past member of the State Heritage Authority and Civic Trust. He was also a former executive director of Nexus, a multicultural arts organisation. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Adelaide, and a Doctorate in Visual Arts and Archaeology from Flinders University. He is currently completing his next book Vernacular Visions: A history of Australian folk and outsider arts. Noris Ioannou is a 1996 Churchill Fellow.
Category History
Format Paperback
Size 244 x 170 mm
ISBN 9781743055304
Extent 256 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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