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Dormann Postcards

In September 1898, a German family boarded a steamship and sailed for German New Guinea, where they hoped the change in climate would alleviate their health problems. Throughout the journey, one family member, Fred, wrote numerous postcards to family and friends who remained behind in Germany.

Approximately 5 years later, the elder members of the family had tired of the climate and decided to return to Germany. The entire family returned to Germany, where the elder members remained. The younger members of the family then returned to German New Guinea, arriving in early 1904.

Translations of the text are in the captions of the scans.

Outbound Sailing

SS Friedrich der Große 

Bremerhaven - 21 Sep 1898
Antwerp - 22 Sep 1898
Southampton - 26 Sep 1898
Genoa - 2 Oct 1898
Naples - 6 Oct 1898
Port Said - 9 Oct 1898
Suez - 10 Oct 1898
Aden - 14 Oct 1898
Colombo - 20 Oct 1898
Albany - 31 Oct 1898
Adelaide - 4 Nov 1898
Sydney - 10 Nov 1898

Inbound Sailing

SS Oldenburg

Sydney - 19 Sep 1903
Melbourne - 21 Sep 1903
Adelaide - 26 Sep 1903
Fremantle - 1 Oct 1903
Colombo - 11 Oct 1903
Aden - 19 Oct 1903
Suez - 23 Oct 1903
Port Said - 24 Oct 1903
Naples - 28 Oct 1903
Genoa - 29 Oct 1903
Southampton - 6 Nov 1903
Antwerp - 7 Nov 1903
Bremerhaven - 11 Nov 1903

Set Date(s)

1898-1904

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Dormann Postcards

In September 1898, a German family boarded a steamship and sailed for German New Guinea, where they hoped the change in climate would alleviate their health problems. Throughout the journey, one family member, Fred, wrote numerous postcards to family and friends who remained behind in Germany.

Approximately 5 years later, the elder members of the family had tired of the climate and decided to return to Germany. The entire family returned to Germany, where the elder members remained. The younger members of the family then returned to German New Guinea, arriving in early 1904.

Translations of the text are in the captions of the scans.

Outbound Sailing

SS Friedrich der Große 

Bremerhaven - 21 Sep 1898
Antwerp - 22 Sep 1898
Southampton - 26 Sep 1898
Genoa - 2 Oct 1898
Naples - 6 Oct 1898
Port Said - 9 Oct 1898
Suez - 10 Oct 1898
Aden - 14 Oct 1898
Colombo - 20 Oct 1898
Albany - 31 Oct 1898
Adelaide - 4 Nov 1898
Sydney - 10 Nov 1898

Inbound Sailing

SS Oldenburg

Sydney - 19 Sep 1903
Melbourne - 21 Sep 1903
Adelaide - 26 Sep 1903
Fremantle - 1 Oct 1903
Colombo - 11 Oct 1903
Aden - 19 Oct 1903
Suez - 23 Oct 1903
Port Said - 24 Oct 1903
Naples - 28 Oct 1903
Genoa - 29 Oct 1903
Southampton - 6 Nov 1903
Antwerp - 7 Nov 1903
Bremerhaven - 11 Nov 1903

Set Date(s)

1898-1904

Album Page(s)