Lobethal, Bill & Peg, Christmas Lights Display, 5 Christmas Lane

Bill & Peg's Christmas Down Under, 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA Australia





Christmas is the Time of Year When Heaven Touches Earth(Anon.)


Lobethal, S.A., Australia

LOBETHAL (Meaning Valley of Praise) is set in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, about 40km SE of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, it has been presenting a Christmas Lights Display since the 1940's, and the display is now the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The whole town "lights up" witha variety of spectacular Christmas Displays.

At the close of an open-air Thanksgiving Service on the 4th of May 1842 Pastor Fritzsche, The Founder of Lobethal, quoted the 26th verse of the 20th chapter of the Second Book of Chronicles:


"Am vierten Tage aber Kamen sie zusammen in Lobethal: denn darselbst lobten sie den Herrn. Daher heisset die Stätte Lobethal, bis auf diesen Tag."

Which in Luther's translation of the Bible reads:

"And on the fourth day assembled themselves in Lobethal: for here they blessed the Lord."

To this day Lobethal has remained rich in the history of its German pioneers.

A little trivia:

The popular smallgoods FRITZ (peculiar to South Australia), was named after Fritz Eisenberg, an early butcher and sausage maker, who first made it in his Lobethal Main Street shop.
The shop which was built in the mid 19th century and added to in the late 19th century, still remains and is now a private home.

The famous Onkaparinga Woollen blankets were originally made in Lobethal, and the site is now used as a Business Incubator as well as a weekend market.

The Lutheran Manse, built for pastor Dr. Loessel in 1867, was the first two storey built in Lobethal, and is now used as a Christian Book Shop, and teachers residence.

Behind the Manse is the original Lutheran Church, built in 1843-1845,for Pastor Fritzsche, and known as "Zum Weinberge Christi". It is the oldest Lutheran Church, still being used, in Australia.

Between the old Church and the Manse is a Museum, which is built over the original Lutheran College, which was built in 1845 by Pastor Fritzsche, and was the first seminary built in Australia. The Museum contains much memorabilia and early artefacts.


The "Lovers Trees"
Behind the church is Pastor Frizsche's grave and nearby Lovers Trees.
It is said that in the early days of Lobethal's, settlement two young lovers were to be married, however a week before the wedding the bride-to-be died, and was buried near the church. The bridegroom was devastated, and pined away, dieing of a broken heart a month later. He was buried next to his wife-to-be and they shared the same tombstone. A short time later, two pine trees began to grow above their graves, with there branches intertwined. Today these two trees still stand as a tribute to their love and are over 65feet tall.

There are many old buildings and reminders of Lobethal's early history that can be viewed around the town.


These photos from our front yard depict one of the rare occasions that it has snowed in Lobethal
[10th August 2003]

Photo snow at Lobethal 1996

Snow at Lobethal 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996

Photo snow at Lobethal

Snow at Lobethal 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996

Photo snow at Lobethal 1996

Photo snow at 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996

Photo snow at Lobethal 1996

Snow at Lobethal 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996

Photo snow at Lobethal

Snow at Lobethal 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996

Photo snow at Lobethal 1996

Photo snow at 18th August 1996.

Photo Peg & Bill Chartres' collection Circa 1996


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[These pages are about our family, our interests and our history. Bill & Peg]:-




[Photos of Peg & Bill's Family]

[Adelaide's original produce markets were located in the north eastern corner of the CBD. Three generations of our family worked at the "Markets"]

[A little history of Cudlee Creek
and the Torrens Gorge]

[A little history of the Millbrook Primary School]

[A Glimpse of the River Torrens in Flood 2016]

[Photographs from Christmas Lane Photography]

[Photos of some of our favourite places that we have visited over the years]

[ Photographs of our garden, Christmas Lane, Lobethal]

[Current weather conditions at, Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA, Australia

[The Banks, Menz and Chartres Families
Cudlee Creek SA]
[More pages coming soon]

Our Christmas Lane Lights Display pages

[These pages are about our Christmas Lane Lights Display, Lobethal, South Australia. Bill & Peg]:-

Bill & Peg's Christmas Down Under


Enjoy the Christmas Spirit through out the year.
Come and visit our display for a wonderful Christmas experience, or email us with your thoughts about our Web Site.
we would love to hear from you.

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Best Wishes, Bill & Peg



Our original site was created in March 1988, and we moved to our own Domain in November 2014.


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