Embassy of Germany, Canberra
The Embassy of Germany in Canberra is Germany’s diplomatic mission to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Vanuatu and Nauru. The current German ambassador, Christoph Müller, has been in office since September 2011. He and his team take care of the bilateral relationship between Germany and Australia, which includes the political, economic, cultural, military as well as scientific and press fields.
The German Embassy is located at 119 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Canberra, Australia’s capital.
History of diplomatic relations
Germany and Australia celebrated the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations on 28 January 2012. The two countries can look back on a successful shared history. During years past, they have been able to intensify and deepen their relationship in various ways.
In 1879, the consulate-general in Sydney was opened under the command of imperial minister and foreign minister Otto von Bismarck. The first consul back then was Dr Richard Krauel. After the outbreak of World War I, diplomatic relations ended and the consulate-general in Sydney was closed. In 1924, however, it reopened in Melbourne and four years later moved back to Sydney. Due to the beginning of World War II, the consulate-general was again closed in 1939. After years without any sign of communication, diplomatic relations were resumed in 1952. After World War II, Dr Walther Hess, West-Germany’s first ambassador, had to face a very controversial reception in Sydney, his arrival attended by protests and demonstrations. However, he succeeded in redefining German-Australian relations. It took quite a while until a suitable embassy building was found, which is why the German Embassy conducted their business in Sydney. It was not until 1955 that the Embassy moved to Australia’s capital, Canberra. A consulate-general was founded in Sydney.
On 22 December 1972, the German Democratic Republic began diplomatic relations with the accreditation of Ambassador Hans Richter, but these ended on 3 October 1990 when the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany. However, a few GDR diplomats remained at the German Embassy in Canberra until 1992 to conclude administrative matters.
On 28 January 2013, Germany’s Foreign Minister Westerwelle and Australia’s Foreign Minister Carr signed the Berlin-Canberra Declaration of Intent, confirming a strategic partnership on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of German-Australian relations. This declaration of intent includes sections such as foreign policy, security policy, industry and trade, science and research, energy and climate protection as well as development cooperation. Germany and Australia are planning on working together even more closely in the future.
Ambassadors of the Federal Republic of Germany in chronological order
- Dr Walther Hess (July 1952 until August 1958)
- Dr Hans Mühlenfeld (August 1958 until September 1962)
- Dr Joachim Ritter (February 1963 until March 1968)
- Dr Hans Schirmer (May 1968 until May 1970)
- Dr Heinz Voigt (August 1970 until October 1974)
- Dr Horst Blomeyer-Barstenstein (January 1975 until April 1980)
- Wilhelm Fabricius (August 1980 until August 1985)
- Dr Hans Schauer (August 1985 until August 1991)
- Dr Franz Keil (August 1991 until February 1994)
- Dr Klaus Zeller (February 1994 until October 1998)
- Dr Klaus Bäckmann (October 1998 until May 2002)
- Dr Klaus-Peter Klaiber (July 2002 until June 2005)
- Martin Lutz (July 2005 until June 2008)
- Dr Michael Witter (July 2008 until August 2011)
- Dr Christoph Müller (since September 2011)
Ambassadors of the German Democratic Republic in chronological order
- Hans Richter (accr. 18 June 1973)
- Dr Gerhard Lindner (accr. 24 February 1977)
- Joachim Elm (accr. 12 March 1982)
- Ernst Kube (accr. 20 November 1989)
- Weihrauch, Philipp. Die Geschichte des Generalkonsulats Sydney, published 13 June 2013, p. 1.
- ibid. p. 2.
- The Sunday Morning Herald of 22 June 1952, p. 3.
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