Hahndorf, not that l dropped this long ago was a distant weekend hideaway for the weekend tourist. That has now all changed. The freeway has dropped this lifestyle town to within 20 minutes to the heart of the Adelaide City. Hahndorf will soon be a suburb so get up to the town soon.
The town was settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named "Kay" in Prussia many of which were aboard the Zebra the town is named after Danish Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, who was captain of the Zebra.
Due to the WW1 in Europe, in 1917 the South Australian Government changed many German place names the name Hahndorf was changed to Ambleside after the town in North West England Lutheran Church of Australia., and this remained until the late 1930s, when it reverted to Hahndorf. There are still references to the name Ambleside in and around the town today.
St Michael's is the oldest Lutheran church in Australia to still have a worshipping congregation on its original church site. Founded in 1839. St Michael's is a member of the Lutheran church of Australia.
St Paul's was founded in 1946, as a result of a schism between the Pastor Kavel and Pastor Fritzche . This schism is closely linked to the formation of two original Lutheran synods in Australia which coexisted until their merger in 1966.