News & Events

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NEW Templer Reflections

The latest issue of Templer Reflections explores what seems to be the epitome of the human condition: the perplexing and polarising issues surrounding love and peace, war and conflict. 

Download now

Peace & Love | War & Conflict
December 2018 (PDF, 3.1MB)

Coming Services

Tuesday 25 December
Christmas Day Service
Bayswater Chapel
Elder: Herta Uhlherr

Tuesday 25 December 
Christmas Day Service
Bentleigh Hall
Elder: Jessica Blackwell

Sunday 20 January
New Year's Service
Bayswater Chapel
Elder: Renate Beilharz

Bunter Abend Variety Night 2019

Bentleigh Hall
Saturday 25 May, 2019

We're looking for performers for Bunter Abend 2019.
Think you'd be great?

Whether you sing, dance, act or perform, join the Bunter Abend Talent Call and showcase your ability. All ages and performers are welcome.

If you think it sounds like something you'd like to do, then go online and complete the talent call entry by December 14, 2018.

Places are limited!


Or for more information, phone Cath Shelley on 0468 338 655 or email

What is Bunter Abend?

Traditionally, Bunter Abend is a variety night of all kinds of performances - poetry, song, dance, choirs, theatrical one-acters, skits and even charades, lectures, opera and even magic!

Event proceeds will support the Temple Society Music Scholarship

Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures

The Heritage & Culture Focus Group has published a booklet named Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures, a history of the Templer settlement of Wilhelma from its beginning in 1902 to its final days in 1948.

The photos selected give an overview of the primarily agricultural settlement, the fifth of the Templer settlements in Palestine, and come from the Temple Society Archives in Melbourne, as well as the Beilharz, Decker, Frank, Hornung, Klink, Richter, Sawatzky, Weber and Wied families. Thanks to the Wilhelma residents who helped with the names and the captions for the photos. Special thanks go to Peter Hornung who provided advice throughout. He also spent much time with other Wilhelma residents checking that we had the correct names for the captions.

Emphasis was placed on providing photos of people and activities rather than just buildings or landscapes. Even though it is seventy years since the last residents left Wilhelma, several of its former inhabitants still have a very good eye for detail and remembering the names of fellow residents. Thank you all for your efforts.

The publication was inspired by a request for photos by Ruth Danon, who lives in a former Sawatzky house in Wilhelma, now Bnei Atarot. She has a strong interest in Templer history and wanted some pictures to put in their museum. As we searched for suitable photos, we decided there were enough for a booklet, and so have now published Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures.


Paper copies in either A5 ($5) or A4 format ($10) can be ordered through the TSA Office.

Download the order form here.