Note: This object includes includes a derogatory depiction of a particular cultural group. Such depictions are not condoned by Museums Victoria which considers them to be racist. Historical distance and context does not excuse or erase this fact.

Black and white photograph adhered to album page 8, of a floating market of vendors alongside the MS Skaubryn, taken by Walter Lischke during his migrant voyage in 1955.

The inscription, handwritten by Walter Lischke in German, reads: 'Die Händlerboote und die Fliegen umschwärmen uns. 'You hab Uhr? Wir tauschen. Die goldene Uhr. Schweiz. Du zahlen nur 20 Rupies.' Hau ab'. (Translation: 'Merchant ships and flies swarm around us. 'You have watch? We exchange. The golden watch. Switzerland. You pay only 20 rupees.' (We) Bolt/Run away.')

This photograph is one of a series of forty black and white photographs adhered to pages within a small album. The photographs were taken by Walter Lischke, before, during and just after his migrant voyage to Australia with his wife and four children on the MS Skaubryn in November-December 1955. Walter put the photos in the album after arriving, entitled 'Our Australian Trip 20.11 - 31.12.1955...Our dear grandmother', and sent it back to his wife Gerda's mother in Germany. After she died three years later, the album came back to the family in Australia.

The album, with each photograph annotated in German, commences in Bremerhaven from where the family departed Germany, and follows their journey to Australia. Also refer to record HT53880, the camera with which Walter Lischke took all the photographs.

Description of Content

Ship moored in harbour with small rowing boats next to the ship, and people standing on ship's gangway.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph


Statement of Historical Significance:
This collection provides an evocative insight into one family's post World War II migrant journey, from processing and transport from Bremerhaven, Germany through the ship voyage, ports, arrival and processing at Station Pier, Bonegilla and their early settlement. The photo album compliments other diaries and photo journals in the Museum's collection and demonstrates the importance to migrants of documenting their journey and creating an enduring record of this seminal human experience. The camera with which the photographs were taken is also part of the collection, providing an often rare tangible link between the technology and what it produced and the technological era represented.

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