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Letter from Oskar Speck to the German Consulate, Dutch Indies

Date: 31 January 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0536[037]

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    Letter from Oskar Speck to the German consulate typed in German, attached to another full page typed letter. First page dated 31 January 1939. Oskar's letter is a clarification regarding the attached letter. They are in relation to the Dutch Indian government allowing Speck to travel the northern route around New Guinea. The copy of the letter written by the consulate general attached states the consulate will provide assistance other than trying to obtain permission for Oskar to travel the southern route.
    • Oskar Speck Manokwari Currently: Manokwari 31 January 1939 Dutch New Guinea Clarification regarding attached letter This is the last letter I received from the Consulate General via the Consulate in Surabaya. As I obtained no assistance for the planned southern passage around New Guinea, I decided to take the northern route, to which the government of the Dutch Indies did not object. The Resident Ambassador to the Moluccas gave approval for my journey along the north coast of New Guinea and offered to help in any way on his Government's behalf. Based on the last sentence in the Consulate's letter of March 1st, I thought I could ask the Consulate General for help. I realise that this letter came from the new Consul in Batavia, Mr. Timann. Those problems would probably never have developed had his predecessor, Dr. Vallette, been there. German Consulate Surabaya 1 March 1938 Copv Mr. Oskar Speck Currently: Surabava The German Consulate General has informed me that you have asked for assistance in negotiating with the Government of the Dutch Indies in regard to your further voyage by paddle boat to Australia. The Consulate General has asked me to inform you that unfortunately it is unable to help you in this respect, even if you were to declare in writing that you would accept all responsibility for any accidents etc., as your planned route is particularly dangerous. The Consulate General is, however, prepared to assist you in any other way regarding your journey. On behalf of the German Consul
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