Skaugen Line ~ M/S Skaubryn - 1951
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The Lerche Family sails for
Images on this page were kindly provided by Inge Meldgaard
And taken by the late Mr. Anker Lerche
Except those marked otherwise
Postcard of the MS Skaubryn
Author’s private collection
The item below was
sent in by Inge Meldgaard
(nee Lerche) containing details that are based on a
translation of her late Father’s memoirs in Danish relating to the
family’s voyage on the MS Skaubryn from
Our family name was 'Lerche', made up of Elna (Marie) Lerche, my mother; my father, Niels
Anker Melgaard Lerche; and
my sister, Tove Lerche. My
sister now calls herself Tove Melgaard-Lerche and I call myself Inge
Meldgaard. The spelling difference in 'Melgaard/Meldgaard' came about because in
all originally lived in
Family photo’s taken onboard
This is a good view of the aft sun and sports deck of the Skaubryn
My sister Tove enjoying the sun and playing games out on deck
Here we see Tove on the fore deck of the ship
Mother Elna out on deck in
We departed on the MS
The Lerche family and shipboard friends in
We all enjoyed
Inge’s Crossing the Equator Certificate
(The name of the ship and date was written in ink and cannot be seen in this scan)
When we came to
MS Skaubryn arriving in Fremantle
Photograph © West
A Danish friend of my father's and his English wife George and Mary Schmidt met us and we stayed with them in Huntingdale. They had four children, two of whom are seen in the photograph below. George Schmidt was also a Dane in the British merchant navy during WWII, who served with my father.
My father Anker Lerche with two of the Schmidt children
We only stayed with the Schmidt’s for a couple of weeks for they found us a shared house to rent from an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Holland, at number 1 John Street, in Oakleigh and the house remains to this day. I lived in Oakleigh again at a later time and it was good to remember those early days.
of our early days in
After Oakleigh, my parents bought a house in Glenroy
but we then moved to Yallourn when my father obtained
work as a power station engineer. My sister and I moved out of home to go to
The Lerche/Meldgaard family came to Australia like
so many before them, with many more coming later on ships that may
not have been one of the great passenger liners of their time. Each of these
ships have a remarkable story to tell, as they brought
many fine people to a new life in a faraway land! Many had wonderful journeys
and great memories; whilst others remember the long days of seasickness, which
was not uncommon in the days before stabilizers. But, these voyages all had the
same thing in common: they brought people to a new world, be it to
… Ingeburg Dammasch (she later married in
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