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Letter from Rudie Metzler to Oskar Speck

Date: 24 July 1947
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0540[003]

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    Letter from Rudie Metzler to Oskar Speck handwritten over two pages and dated 24 July 1946, in German. The letter discusses a new job Meltzer is going to, and mentions Speck's selling of stones in Sydney.
    Translation
    • Rudie Metzler, , Commercial Hotel, , Kerang, , Vic. Melbourne, , 24 July 1946 Dear Speck, Many thanks for your kind letter dated the 11th of last month. You will be surprised to see my new address on this letter. I found a better job there. I will start working as a drinks waiter in the lounge bar from 1st October. The conditions are extremely favourable, and apart from that they are good friends of Mr. [illegible]’s, who got me this job over the phone. I‘ve stopped working for the Menzies last Tuesday after a few unpleasant disagreements with the head waiter (a Greek). He tried to cheat me twice; the second time I let him know that I could see through his tricks. He fired me within 24 hours, , which I was pleased about, since the working conditions there were not pleasant. I tried to find another job in the city for a week, but without success. That’s why I am glad to be off to the country, , especially since I am to receivereceived better conditions. Kerang is a sizeable town and the hotel is the largest one there and has about 75 rooms. I shall leave Melbourne on Monday and I am glad it turned out this way. Kerang is about 186 miles away and lies on the road from Bendigo to Swan Hill. The countryside there is said to be absolutely beautiful. Anyway, , it’ll be a new beginning in my life. Unfortunately, I won’t have athe chance to visit a friend at Frankston, , but that won’t be the end of the world. I’m glad that you were able to sell your stones so well in Sydney and hope that you will receive the machinery and other equipment soon in order to set up your business on a larger scale. I intend to stay in the country for a while, , since I have to save money for my brother and mother, , who want to come out as soon as possible. I shall write to you again when I am settled in at Kerang. Tomorrow the packing starts again and the last minute shopping. I am so looking forward to seeing something of this country. Also, I’ll be living with a family at the hotel with no charge for food orand laundry. What strange tricks fate can play on people. Ten10 days ago I never would have thought I’d leave Melbourne or the Menzies. Pity that I can’t sell your stones here any more. Perhaps there will be an opportunity at Kerang. Let’s just wait and see, , shall we? Saw [illegible name ] today and told him you are waiting for a letter from him. He had a bad cold for 3 weeks, , had nosebleeds all the time and had to see a specialist about it. I shall go and see Edwards on Friday to say good-bye to him Please write to my new address next time. I hope to get a better start there than in Melbourne. Best regards

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