Eric Kopittke is a former teacher of Physics and Mathematics, having taught at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly from 1973 to 2014.
He has been researching his families from Australia, England, Germany, and former German areas for 35 years and convenes the Queensland Family History Society’s Central European Interest Group.
Eric has presented talks on many aspects of German family history at Australasian Congresses, the 2017 Queensland State Conference and various family history groups as well as being a presenter on several Unlock the Past cruises, expos, and events.
Along with his wife Rosemary, Eric transcribed, indexed, and published the lists of direct emigrants from the port of Hamburg for Australian and New Zealand ports from the years 1850–1879. The publication of these lists has helped many researchers find how their ancestors reached Australia and New Zealand from Germany.