About Moira Drexler

My name is Moira Drexler.  I am an Australian who currently lives in Erlangen, Germany.  I own two shops one of which is here in Erlangen called Australiss.  The other shop is in the heritage listed Brisbane Arcade and it is Kellies Antiques.  I am married and have a son and a daughter.  I travel the world seeking beautiful items for both shops

Opening night of Australiss thanking my husband for his moral support

When I finished school in Geelong, Victoria, I went to Deakin University as I thought Primary School Teaching would be a great career.  I also had a passion for art and antiques and my career path followed my passion.  Do what you love and love what you do is a good slogan for me!

Living and working in Melbourne was fantastic and I eventually left Melbourne to live in London which was a worthy experience but I didn’t like the dreary weather.  Returning from London, I stopped in Sydney and it was in Sydney that I met the man who was to be my husband.

In 1997 I purchased Kellies Antiques in the Brisbane Arcade, Brisbane city centre. It is a beautiful arcade and I think one of the nicest places to shop in Brisbane.  The ambiance is just beautiful.

Australiss opened in 2007 with a contemporary flair.  Very different to Kellies Antiques, my shop on Martin-Luther-Platz is home to many different contemporary jewellery designers and makers.

Once a year I hold an Australia Festival to thank the people of Erlangen and surrounds for supporting me.  We have many different exhibitions and events and the people line up to try our Kangaroo Steaks.

Lukas and his didgeridoo.

Germans taste testing a Lamington. It is certainly different to a Pretzel (Brezel)

The crowd gathers for Erlangen's first ever Australia Festival



  1. Hi Moira,

    I am enjoying reading all about your shop and that you are included in a book – how great is that.

    I was in Europe in May this year, but did not get to Germany. Went to Estonia, Croatia,Ireland, Vienna and Prague.

    Let me know if you want help – look after kids, clean shop – Just putting it out there – you never know what happens in life.



    • Hi Jan! I am so pleased you are enjoying the blog. Sounds like you have the travel bug. Great to hear from you, hug Moira

  2. Hello Moira
    Kim forwarded your article to me. I so enjoyed reading about you and your lovely shop. Especially the familiar potjie pot.
    Will definitely visit your shop next time I visit.

    • Hi Joan, How lovely to hear from you! The Potjie evening was just wonderful! Hope to see you next time when you are in Erlangen. Stay well and happy, Moira

  3. hi moira,
    i need some help! i would like to order and pay with visa/or paypal for 1 jar of vegemite to be send to a very dear friend of mine near berlin.
    do you have any ideas who i could contact ?
    i’ve tried several online stores, unfortunately they do not accept payment from australia.
    greetings from emerald/vic.

    • Hello Birke, I have just e-mailled you. We can send vegemite to Berlin for you. Check your private e-mail address and let me know if I can help you, Kind regards, Moira

  4. Hi Moira,
    I have a similar request to Birke. My son is in Frankfurt. Could you please e-mail me too so that I may purchase Vegemite from you to send to him?
    Regards and thanks,
    Chris. Perth WA.

    • Thanks for reading the blog. We can post Vegemite all over Germany! No worries as we Aussies say.

  5. Hi Moira,

    I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch. I found your details on your website and I hope you might be able to help me with my strange request…

    I am a Producer working on a television show called House Hunters International which follows English speaking expats in their quest to purchase a house abroad. I wonder if you or any of your expat contacts might be interested in getting involved?! Please find a little blurb about the show below:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour program currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America.
    The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where buyers and their real estate agents tour 3 homes.

    At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    You can watch some examples of the show here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh0Q6DYe3QM – London from South Africa (1600 series) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLmhKEzm5kg – Dubai from Illinois (2000 series)

    Please get in touch if you have any more questions about the show. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best wishes and many thanks,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

  6. Hi Moira 🙂
    how are you? i hope you are enjoying the greman spring 🙂
    if you remember me, I’m the girl who was in Australia for exchange and my mum and me bought the little cute wombat and this lemon butter thingy ( by the way: it tastes fantastic. i always eat it with crêpes 😀 )
    i wanted to ask you about the Australian festival again because i can’t remember when it is 😛 i really like to come around 🙂
    greetings vroni 🙂

    • AUSTRALISS, ERLANGEN hosts the third Australian Festival on 3rd of June, 2011. Friday 3rd of June from 5pm until 11pm in the evening. Great to hear from you any yes, I am enjoying some warm weather finally.

  7. Hi Moira, Hope you are well together with the family. Once again I am heading over to Europe in May next year (2013). Would love to catch up and see your shop. Probably be around mid May that I will be in your area. Have talked my sister in coming also.

  8. Forgot to tell you that I am a Nanna to 4 mth old Nellie

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