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Recorded interview with Oskar Speck

Date: 30 December 1987
Medium: Plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Sound communication
Object Name: Cassette tape
Object No: 00040168

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    Description
    This audio cassette contains an interview with Oskar Speck, in German, recorded on 30 December 1987. The interview is titled '50th Anniversary of Oskar Speck Kanoe trip to Australia in 1932 to 1939.'
    SignificanceThis collection documents a significant feat of sportsmanship as well as a 1930s travel-adventure and what became a World War II internment and migration story.
    HistoryOskar Speck (1905 - 1995) was a German adventurer who, in the 1930s, paddled his kayak SUNNSCHIEN (SUNSHINE) from Europe to Australia. He departed from Ulm in Germany on 18 June 1932, paddling down the Danube at the start of a 50,000km voyage to Australia. His voyage of seven years and four months saw him stopping at ports in Germany, Austria, Hungary, former Yugoslavia, former Macedonia, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran Jaya, Papua New Guinea and Australia (Saibai Island). He arrived on Saibai Island near Papua New Guinea in the Northern Torres Strait on 20 September 1939. Speck arrived with a swastika on the bow of his 5.3 metre German built Folbot kayak a few days after Australia declared war with Germany.

    Speck was travelling on a German passport and was promptly arrested as an enemy alien on his arrival on Thursday Island. Speck was detained at the Tatura and Loveday internment camps for the duration of the war.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Oskar Speck interview

    (not entered): Oskar Speck memorabilia

    Web title: Recorded interview with Oskar Speck

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