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Bethany as viewed from Mengler Hill
Bethany is located in South Australia
Location in South Australia
Established 1842
Postcode(s) 5352
Elevation 283 m (928 ft)
Location 2 km (1 mi) from Tanunda
LGA(s) Barossa Council
Region Barossa Valley
State electorate(s) Schubert
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Bethany:
Tanunda Vine Vale Angaston
Tanunda Bethany
Rowland Flat Krondorf Flaxman Valley

Bethany (postcode 5352) is a small village about 2 km south-east of Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. It was originally named Bethanien or sometimes Neu Schlesien - New Silesia , but was changed during the First World War in an attempt to remove all German place names from Australia. Similarly, the German-language school was forced to close by the state government in 1917, with 60 students at the time.

Bethany was the first settlement in the Barossa Valley area. It was settled in 1842, by Prussian immigrants who had leased land from George Fife Angas. The large portion of these initial settlers had arrived in 1841, with Pastor Gotthard Fritzsche on the Skjold.

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