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South Australia
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Bethel Lutheran Church in 2015
Postcode(s) 5373
Location 9 km (6 mi) W of Kapunda
LGA(s) Light Regional Council
State electorate(s) Stuart
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Localities around Bethel:
Stockport Bethel Kapunda
Linwood Fords

Bethel is a locality and former settlement in South Australia, west of Kapunda. Its name is derived from the German word for Place of God.

Bethel was settled by German-speaking people in around 1854 seeking to establish a Moravian Brethren community. From 1856 there was also a group of people of Wendish origin. They also spoke German. Some of these settlers initially worshipped with the Moravians, however a new church was built named Steinthal and many worshipped there instead. The Bethel congregation severed its links with the Moravians and called a Lutheran pastor in the 1890s. The Steinthal church closed and combined in 1906.

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