Harmonie German Club

Our aim is to unite, encourage and foster the German language,
culture, habits and social life in Australia.

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The club is open to everyone and you are encouraged to join us and enjoy the friendly German atmosphere.

When construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme came to an end, many German migrants who had been involved in it, moved to Canberra and took an active part in the construction of the nation’s capital.

In 1958 Canberra’s population was approximately 40,000 including a good representation of German speaking migrants. Four years later the population had increased to 63,000.

Towards the end of 1960 the idea of establishing a German club and the name “Harmonie” was suggested and accepted. In the hope that harmony and goodwill would prevail in the club. The monthly contribution was 5 shillings; and on 9 June the Club became an incorporated body.

Every function contributed to club funds, and the idea for club rooms of their own became increasingly popular among members, who by now numbered almost 200.

In August 1962 the authorities offered the Club a block of land in Narrabundah with a covenant of £40,000.

The idea of a club building started to take shape when the first sod was turned in August 1963. Two months later, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Ritter, performed the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone. The hard work and the donations by members speeded up construction, and the club building was officially opened on 3 October 1964.

In February 1971 a contract was signed to build the club extension including a large auditorium complete with beautiful parquetry flooring.

Today The Harmonie German Club is still the quintessential harmonious Club. We have a proud Stammtisch (locals table) and we cater for a broad range of interest groups, sporting bodies, community associations, we have a rich arts culture with dance, live music, traditional choirs.

We boast a fantastic restaurant serving traditional Bavarian and Australian foods and serve imported German Beers, Wines, Ciders and Schnapps alongside a great range of popular beverages.

We are active in the community and represented at Canberra’s Multicultural Festival.

And don’t forget our annual Oktoberfest festival, second only to the original Oktoberfest in Munich.

Bookings are recommended for the signature Pork Knuckles, these knuckles take approximately 4.5 hours to prepare, we like to keep them fresh so we do not oversupply. If you want a knuckle guaranteed please call and book ahead. please remember payment will be expected for all knuckles booked!


The Berlin Wall

On the left-hand side of the driveway into the club stands a large segment of the Berlin Wall. It weighs 3.5 tonnes, is 3.6 metres high and nearly two metres wide.  It once stood in Potsdamer Platz, close to the Brandenburg Gate.

This is the largest section of the Wall in Australia and was unveiled on 3 October 1992 by Dr. Roever, the then Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of the German Embassy.

This segment of the Wall is dedicated to peace and unity throughout the world.