Two oil paintings in the luggage

Sydney, July 1929

Colin Ross pays a visit to a German physician in Sydney, bringing along presents from the homeland.

Dr. Bauer, whom Ross visited, is likely the same German physician working in Macquarie Street that Ross mentions in a chapter of his Australia book Der unvollendete Kontinent (1930, see: German competence overcomes obstacles). The artist brother who has sent two oil paintings to Australia in Ross’s luggage, is most likely Albert Baur, Jr. (1867-1959), one of whose specialties was landscape painting. The present of two images of the pastoral beauty of Germany is rife with implications of German-Australians’ homesickness to a homeland unmoored from the present (see: The homesickness of the emigré). More intriguingly, this incident clearly shows how much luggage Ross was moving around on this journey for more than a year—making courtesy calls such as this one also a logistical challenge. Sydney was not the first stop on his trip, after having arrived in Adelaide in March 1929.

Joachim Schätz

Anonymous. Surprise for a Doctor. Evening News (Sydney, NSW, Australia). no. 19378. 1929 Aug 3; 4.

Topic: Auslandsdeutsche
Case: Oceania-Asia trip 1928-30

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