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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Danthonia Community and Signs

Danthonia is a Christian commune to the east of Inverell that has built up an incredible business in three dimensional handcrafted signs. Their very beautiful signs are found all over Northern NSW and now Australia.

The community is part of the Bruderhof movement which was founded by Eberhard Arnold in Germany in 1920: expelled by Hitler in 1937, exiled to Paraguay in 1941 (the only nation that would accept them), moving to the USA in the 1950's, establishing in Britain in the 1980's, the Inverell community in 1999 and returning to Germany in 2002. Although they have their own beliefs, they are theologically linked to Hutterite, Mennonite and Anabaptist denominations. Many Inverell locals mistakenly link them to the Amish.

The Danthonia community tries to follow the practices of the very early Christian Church in Jerusalem with a strong focus on Acts of the Apostles. Individuals hold no private property with income pooled for the common good, they are pacifists and their members do not join the armed forces. 

To visit the official Bruderhof web site, click here.

An typical example of a Danthonia sign, exquisite carved lettering and extensive use of gold paint.


  1. Intriguing post! A most unusual sign with so much "meaning" attached!

  2. I have never noticed these signs. I must keep my eye out for them.

  3. That is an interesting craft to create a business from!

  4. Interesting history lesson here as I had never heard of the Bruderhof movement. Thanks for the link. The Danthonia sign is striking.

  5. Good for the Bruderhof. A good sign. I wish them well.

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