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Hire Agreement - Issued to J. Stegelman, Employment on Narnia, 1909 Document Reg. No: HT 15716

Pay/Hire certificate issued to J. Stegelman in 1909. It states he will be employed on the ship 'Narnia' for eight months as a carpenter. The voyage will begin on 21 October 1909 at 'Vulcan Dock' Altona and will sail along the West Coast via England.
Yellowing paper with black printed text. Personal details in black pen. All in German.
Statement Of Significance:
Johannes Stegelman's story is a great example of more unorthodox migration. Jumping ship was a common way to start a new life in Australia, especially for sailors on merchant ships, and dates back to the 1850s gold rush with sailors jumping ship to head for the goldfields (John Simpson Kirkpatrick of 'Simpson and his donkey' fame arrived in Australia by jumping ship). Stegelman's objects all relate to his career in both the German Navy and the merchant navy including the hire document that brought him to Australia. The story is also interesting for its cross-cultural marriage and the bringing together of two very different migrant stories from different periods in time.

Gladys Leichti's objects and story represents the push to attract young British girls for domestic service in the 1920s and the role of philanthropic organizations such as the Salvation Army in meeting this demand.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Margaret Steglman, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 11.60 cm (Width), 16.30 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, immigration, merchant seamen, apprenticeships, shipboard travel, tradespeople, shipping industry, shipping companies
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Gladys Muriel Leichti, English Migrant, 1924 & Johannes (Jack) Stegelman, German Migrant, 1911
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Text: Heuer-Schein/Schiffsname: Narnia.
Issued To: Johannes Stegelman, Germany, 1909
Other Association (See Comments): German Australian Steamship Co, 21 Oct 1909 - Jun 1910

Duration of voyage of the ship Narnia

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