Identity Pass issued to J. Stegelman in 1906 by the Royal German Navy. The pass states he will begin service with the Navy as of 18 February 1907 with Company 5, Shipyard 1.

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Identity pass issued in 1906 by the Royal German Navy - company 5, shipyard 1. To J Stegelmann. Service to start 18/2/1907.

Physical Description

Card cover with sixteen paper pages inside. Cover has red and blue colours with naval emblem. Pages are white paper with black printed text. Personal details in pen with some purple stamps. All in German. Coming with it is a card envelope it slides into (has name in pen written on front)


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.

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