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Boy from Altona on Great Journey

Date: 29 April 1935
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Newspaper clipping
Object No: ANMS0542[027]

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    Article in German begins: '“Great journey” really says much too little. The now 28-year-old Oskar Speck from Altona-Ottensen set himself a giant of a task. An undertaking, the realisation of which no-one could and would believe possible, if we had not just received news in the last few days that half of the journey has been completed

    Just recently we reported the arrival of a German canoeist in Mangalore in the Near-Indian region of Madras. The man has been travelling for three years and was going to paddle on until reaching Australia – in another three years.

    This man is a boy from Altona, ex-student of the Middle school in Ottensen, electrician by trade. Back in May 1932, when he didn’t seem to be making any real progress in his trade, Oskar Speck sat in his collapsible boat and set out into the world. His goal was to be Colombo on the island of Ceylon. Perhaps he was not too sure himself exactly what he was going to do at that place, but he wanted to go out and complete a sporting achievement. Apart from himself, nobody probably would have believed that he would ever get to India in his Plünn-Cruiser. But in time these doubts evaporated, and he should reach the island of Ceylon any day now!

    His decision to continue the journey to Australia would have quite surprised his friends and relatives, but it demonstrates the collapsible boat captain’s unbroken courage...'
    Translation
    • Altona News, Monday, 29 April 1935 Altona Boy from Altona on Great Journey “Great journey” really says much too little. The now 28-year-old Oskar Speck from Altona-Ottensen set himself a giant of a task. An undertaking, the realisation of which no-one could and would believe possible, if we had not just received news in the last few days that half of the journey has been completed…. Just recently we reported the arrival of a German canoeist in Mangalore in the Near-Indian region of Madras. The man has been travelling for three years and was going to paddle on until reaching Australia – in another three years. This man is a boy from Altona, ex-student of the Middle school in Ottensen, electrician by trade. Back in May 1932, when he didn’t seem to be making any real progress in his trade, Oskar Speck sat in his collapsible boat and set out into the world. His goal was to be Colombo on the island of Ceylon. Perhaps he was not too sure himself exactly what he was going to do at that place, but he wanted to go out and complete a sporting achievement. Apart from himself, nobody probably would have believed that he would ever get to India in his Plünn-Cruiser. But in time these doubts evaporated, and he should reach the island of Ceylon any day now! His decision to continue the journey to Australia would have quite surprised his friends and relatives, but it demonstrates the collapsible boat captain’s unbroken courage. Last Saturday I asked one of the sisters of our global traveller what could be concluded about his well-being from his reports from along the way. Apparently, her brother did not always have an easy time. His means were not ample, often it was a question of “just getting by”, and he has been better really only since he arrived in Karachi in December last year. Now his German compatriots are sending him invitation after invitation, the news of his arrival precedes him, the press is showing great interest, and there are opportunities to hold talks everywhere. Just in the last few weeks he has been fighting a terrible fever, but his decision to suddenly extend the goal of his trip so much further makes us presume that he must be well on the mend and able to continue his paddling, “always along the coast line”. The “Altona News” sends the boy from Altona its best regards, wishing him a safe journey! Other items on the same page: The first tram rail car powered by fuel distilled from timber. [Photo] The first German tram rail car powered by fuel distilled from timber went for a test run in western Germany. The engine produces 75 horse power, the rail car can transport 32 passengers. The running costs are said to be 80 to 85% below those of an ordinary rail car. On the reverse side: Lock up your bicycles! Between 5 and 6pm on Saturday a gentleman’s touring bike, parked but unlocked at the stadium, behind the tiered seating facing the soccer field, was stolen. The make was “Halali”, number unknown, black frame, nickel-plated handlebars, simple pedals, black metal mud guard, bell, hand break, brown leather saddle, triangular leather pouch, medium transmission, free-wheel with back-pedal break, valued at RM 135. More theft from cars. The negligence of car drivers who leave their vehicles unattended and unlocked in the street results in things being stolen out of them time and again. A businessman, who had parked his car in front of a restaurant on the Allee recently had his light coloured summer coat (pepper and salt pattern) to the value of RM 120 stolen.
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    Publisher: Altona News

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