A Jewish Refugee sails on the SS Nieuw Holland from Indonesia to Australia

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Voyage 136 – From Batavia - September 22, 1939 to Melbourne Australia


A fine stern view of the Nieuw Holland arriving in Melbourne in the late 1930’s

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I hereby wish to thank Mr. Michael Raleigh for providing a copy of a SS Nieuw Holland “Guest List”, the ship his late Mother sailed from the old Port of Batavia (North Jakarta) Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) to Melbourne Australia.

This passenger list is what I consider to be exceptional as it dates from September 1939 and I am sure that it will be of great interest to many of ssMaritime’s readers, for as we look closely at the passenger list it will become quite obvious that many of the passengers on this voyage were Jewish and they were bound for Sydney as well as Australia’s largest and most thriving Jewish community - Melbourne. These passengers had escaped from Hitler’s Germany and Austria and thus the horrors that fell upon all of European Jewry and so many others!

One of the passengers on board was Miss. V (Viktoria) Schleuder who was bound for Melbourne and she had apparently sailed from Rotterdam Holland to the East Indies on the Royal Rotterdam Lloyd liner MS Sibajak and had transferred to the SS Nieuw Holland for the journey to Australia. In Melbourne Miss Schleuder later met and married a Mr. Ludo Geoffrey Rosenblatt (later changed to Raleigh) who himself had come to Australia had escaped from Europe but on another ship.

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