A forgotten chapter in South Australia's history
By Michael Wohltmann
A history of the internment of German Enemy Aliens on Torrens Island and the marginalization of Germans in South Australia during 1914-1924


Chapter 1 Background and Personal Stories.
Chapter 2 Public Memory and the history of forgetting.
Chapter 3 German New Guinea. External threat.
Chapter 4 Marginalization of German-Australians in Sth Aust.
Chapter 5 Censorship and propaganda.
Chapter 6 War Precautions Act 1914.
Chapter 7 Torrens Island Concentration Camp.
Chapter 8 The Trial.
Chapter 9 Deportation of Enemy Aliens.
Chapter 10 Post-war Allegiance, Loyalty and Disloyalty.
Chapter 11 Royal Commissions into loyalty of Germans in Aust.
Chapter 12 Conclusion.
Postscrpt: Torrens Island through the eyes of Corporal V.R. Sedgwick.

How was it that German-Australians who were viewed as zealous,
hard working and model citizens prior to the great war were
five years later, treated as outcasts in their own society?

A Future Unlived tells the compelling story of what happened to
the 7000 German - Australians caught up in a war hysteria that
transformed their lives, both during and after the Great War.

A Future Unlived investigates a forgotten period in our National
and State history. It provides new insights into the plight of
German - Australians living during the Great War and into the
post-war period.

A Future Unlived comprehensively shows the impact of the
Great War and the post War period on the German - Australian
community from 1914-1924. This book reveals how we as
a nation dealt with “enemy aliens” and how in this process the
German - Australian community was so marginalized that it
never really recovered from its treatment.

Read review of "Ä Future Unlived" by Jacquelyne Ladner (University of New England, Australia).

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This monograph is to provide a comprehensive overview of a
significant historical gap found in South Australian Labour and Social history.
This monograph examines the political contribution of Thomas (Tom) Garland,
both in his involvement in the Communist party of Australia, South Australia
division, and his role in the trade union movement from the late 1920s to 1950.
Tom Garland was a pioneer of the labour movement in South Australia, and
faithfully served the Communist Party of South Australia for thirty years.
In a recent, publication by the UTLC (Mover and Shakers), there is no mention
of Tom Garland. In fact there isn’t a great deal to show that he ever existed.
There are no memorials to him at Division 5 headquarters of the Communist
Party of Australia, nor at the offices at Trades Hall in Adelaide.
From 1930 to 1945, Tom Garland was the leading trade union leader in South
Australia and yet his enormous contribution has been largely forgotten.
Part Two of this monograph profiles a forgotten aspect of South Australian
history, namely the Common Cause movement, 1943-1949.
This monograph will give recognition to Tom Garland’s involvement in the
labour struggles in the inter-war years in South Australia, and his involvement
in the Common Cause movement.
The aims of the movement were to bring about a more equitable and just post
war society in South Australia.
The other aim of the monograph is to profile the political, economic and social
issues and contribution made by the Common Cause movement in South
Australia –1943-1949. Common Cause’s aims lasted well into the present.