“Master Ross” makes the news

Adelaide, March 1929

A short item on Colin Ross’s arrival in Adelaide devotes more space to the precocious son than his renowned father.

Proving the irresistibility of Colin Ross’s “world-travelling family” hook, this short article on their arrival details Ralph’s activities onboard the Hapag freighter Leuna, as reported by the captain. Ralph’s work with the sextant, assisting the captain, also found its way into Achtung Australien! Achtung Asien! (1930), the film Colin Ross made about the trip. A self-assured performer, Ralph was compared to Jackie Coogan by Ufa’s PR when he starred in Ross’s earlier Als Dreijähriger durch Afrika (1928).1 With fourteen-year-old Renate touted “an accomplished linguist” here, Colin Ross’s gift for advertising his activities obviously extended to his family.

Joachim Schätz

Anonymous. A Famous Author-Traveller. Telegraph: 1929 Mar 23; 2.

Topic: The Ross Family
Case: Oceania-Asia trip 1928-30

See also


1 Anonymous. Als Dreijähriger durch Afrika. Illustrierter Film-Kurier: 1928; 10 (945); 2. See Library.

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