Dormann Postcards

Ship Post

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   Inbound Sailing
SS Friedrich der Große   SS Oldenburg
Bremerhaven 21 Sep 1898   Sydney 19 Sep 1903
Antwerp 22 Sep 1898   Melbourne 21 Sep 1903
Southampton 26 Sep 1898   Adelaide 26 Sep 1903
Genoa 2 Oct 1898   Fremantle 1 Oct 1903
Naples 6 Oct 1898   Colombo 11 Oct 1903
Port Said 9 Oct 1898   Aden 19 Oct 1903
Suez 10 Oct 1898   Suez 23 Oct 1903
Aden 14 Oct 1898   Port Said 24 Oct 1903
Colombo 20 Oct 1898   Naples 28 Oct 1903
Albany 31 Oct 1898   Genoa 29 Oct 1903
Adelaide 4 Nov 1898   Southampton 6 Nov 1903
Sydney 10 Nov 1898   Antwerp 7 Nov 1903
      Bremerhaven 11 Nov 1903