Martin Luther School, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Archives.

A History of Martin Luther School

In 1883 a German-English bilingual school was opened at Bethlehem Church in Flinders St Adelaide, with the hope to become “a nursery, not only of profound erudition, but also of a definite Christian and Lutheran confession”. This historic building, with school room upstairs and horse and carriage parking on the ground floor, will be open to the public to explore. Inside will be a fascinating display of photos and original school documents, such as timetables, lesson plans and students’ written works. There is even a letter from the painter Hans Heysen, a former pupil.

The school was shut down in 1917 by the SA Government, which closed all German schools in the state due to World War I. It never reopened.

Presented by Bethlehem Lutheran Church