Danthonia Community • Elsmore, NSW

Contact Information

4188 Gwydir Highway
Elsmore NSW 2360
Tel: (02) 6723 2213
Email:  danthonia@bruderhof.com

Established: 1999

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About Us:
Danthonia is a large Bruderhof settlement made up of a lively mix of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Children at Danthonia are home-schooled, and most adults work within the community. We support ourselves with Danthonia Designs, a business that makes a wide variety of signs, from hand-carved and sculptured to LED digital signs.

Set in the rolling hills of northern New South Wales, our rural homestead includes the original 1950s wood-and-tin house, which has been added onto over time. However most of our residences are now apartment buildings, and our several communal buildings include a dining hall, kitchen, laundry, and workshops. Because we enjoy warm weather nearly every day, we conduct morning or evening worship outside, overlooking the valley toward Swan Peak. During the rare rainy or cool days, the dining hall doubles as a worship space.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Our community welcomes hundreds of visitors every year. Retirees, clubs, school groups, and environmental groups frequently join us for lunch and a tour of our sign-making workshop. Friends and neighbors attend our events and festivals throughout the year, as well as Saturday evening dinners and other special times of celebration. Local organizations often ask to use our dining hall and kitchen for their functions. Several of us are part of the local fire fighter service. Our members regularly volunteer at the local aged care home, hospital, and centers that assist Australia’s indigenous children. We try to stay actively involved in the lives of our neighbors, especially in times of drought, fire, and grief.

Point of Interest:
Danthonia was originally owned by a homesteading family that ran sheep and cattle on the paddocks and did occasional cropping. In recent years, our Bruderhof community has planted more than one hundred thousand (!) trees on the property.

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