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Adolf LUEDECKER [12130]

Alfred Bernhard Conrad LUEDECKE [819]
(Abt 1879-)


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1. Leila Sybil JULIUS [818]

Alfred Bernhard Conrad LUEDECKE [819]

  • Born: Abt 1879
  • Marriage (1): Leila Sybil JULIUS [818] in 1911

bullet   Another name for Alfred was Frederick LEUDECKE.


bullet  General Notes:

Hamburg Passenger Lists 1850-1934 (in German)
Alfred Ludecke
13 October 1905 - Departed Hamburg
Destination - Colombo
Estimated Birth Year 1879
Age Year - 26
Gender - mannlich (Male)
Marital Status - ledig (singel)
Residence - Luneburg
Ethnicity - Deutschland (German)
Occupation - Kaufmann (my translation is a merchant)
Ship's Name - Silvia
Shipping Line - Hamburg Amerika Line
Ship Type - Dampfschiff kein Auswandereschiff
Accommodation - kajute
Ship Flag - Deutschland
Port of Departure - Hamburg
Port of Arrival - Rotterdam Colombo
Volume 373 - 71 VIII A1 Bard 171 page 2189 Microfilm Number K_7791
Source Information Staatarchiv Hamburg Passenger Lists 1850-1934
Source Citation - Staatarchive Hamburg 373-71 VIII A1 Bard 171 Seite 2189 (Mikrofilm NRK_1791.

Alfred was in business in Ceylon c1905, a partner in Messrs Miller Luedecke and Company. He may have married in London

Alfred is reported crossing the Atlantic:
"On a ship the S. S. Deutschland Southampton June 17th 1910 to New York is an Alfred Luedecke a Merchant father Adolf from Lindburg Hamaven"

The Straits Times 11 September 1914 page 7
How the Prisoners are Faring in Ceylon
The Times of Ceylon, of August 27, publishes some interesting details concerning the German Prisoners' Camp at Ragama, which, on the previous Saturday, accommodated 135 Germans.
The prisoners at present at the camp include Baron Von Massenbach and Herr Von Kessel, the son of the Governor of Berlin., and about twenty Germans and Austrian naval and military officers-mainly belonging to the Reserves.
The naval and military officers, according to the International rules governing the treatment of prisoners of war, have a mess of their own, and the other prisoners have been divided into about a dozen other messes.
The messes have been arranged according to the steamer class by which the prisoners were travelling, and, as far as possible, passengers who were travelling by the same vessel and who must have made acquaintance on board have been placed in the same messes.
Of course, a large percentage of the men have been arrested on board British vessels which have touched at Colombo since the declaration of war, and many of them are men who have sailed under the British flag for years. One German subject, a ship's barber landed from a British vessel, has lived in London for fourteen years and has a wife and family there. He has said that it is the merest chance that he has neglected to take out naturalisation papers. It is a somewhat curious fact that in the returns which have been prepared for the War Office many of the German prisoners give London addresses.
The prisoners appear to be as contented and as comfortable as their restricted liberty will allow. Reveille is sounded each day at seven o'clock and "lights out" at ten p.m. and there is a roll call twice a day to ensure that all are present. Rations are served out once each day and the prisoners have to do their own cooking, the necessary utensils and ample fuel for the camp fires being provided.
In order to provide the prisoners with opportunity for exercise during the hours of day-light an extra acre of open ground, with coconut palms here and there, has been added to the camp.
On the hill above the camp flies a large Union Jack, and close by are the quarters of the Galle and Nuwara Eliya Companies of the C.L.L. under Capt. de Vos and Lieut Durham, who constitute the Guard. The Guard at present consists of some sixty men, but will be augmented by a further thirty wmen when the extra sixty prisoneres at present on board the Australia are sent to the camp. Capt Wait, C.P.R.C., is the Civil Commandant of the camp.
The living accommodation consists of three large oblong structures with concrete floors and walls built up to a height of five feet all round. Between this wall and the overlapping rood there is a space which permits a constant current of air to pass through the buildings with a result that the rooms are airy and comfortable, and, at the same time perfectly dry. Each of the prisoners has a camp bed, with a mosquito net, and topees have been also provided by Government. Each building has accommodation for fifty or sixty men. There is a medical officer attached to the camp and throughly inspected by and have met with the approval of the P.C.M.O. The camp is periodically visited by the acting Government Agent for the Western Province (the Hon. J.G. Fraser).
At the present time the Public Works Department are constructing other buildings for the accommodation of the prisoners at present on board the Australia, and these men will be transferred as soon as the camp is ready to take them.
At night large Kitson lights are lit at each corner of the camp to assist the sentry patrols in their work.

The Straits Times 20 October 1914 page 8
The German Community in Colombo was decreaded by five on October 12 the following being taken to Ragama: Conrad Peters, manager of the Galle Face Hotel: A Luedecke, partner, Messrs Miller Luedecke and Company, P Krochl, assistant Messrs Volkast Bros, Emil Spitz, assistant, Messrs Freudenberg and Co (the well-known tennis player) and C Suessmuth, assistant manager, Messrs Freudenberg and Company's Hultsdorf Mills.

Frederick was shipped to Australian with his family as an enemy alien incarcerated at Bourke NSW from 1915-1918 then Molonglo near Canberra in the ACT.

National Archives of Australia
Prisoner of War Camp Trial Bay (1917 Visit of Swiss Consul Marc Rutty) Barcode 352920 Page 11
Mentions a proposed visit to German Camp at Bourke dated 19th March 1917.
An enquiry was made by the Swiss consul as to conditions at the Bourke prisoner of war concentration camp, Alfred for the camp committee replied as follows:

Concentration Camps Australia.
Prisoner of War Letter.
Bourke, June 13. 1917.
Mark Rutty Esq.
Consul for Switzerland.
we have to confirm receipt of your letter dated May 29 and in reply to same we beg to state that at present there are no serious complaints at this camp which would necessitate a visit from you. It is, however, gratifying to hear from you that, should such a case arise at any time, we may rely on your assistance and, if necessary, a visit from you.
Very respectfully yours,
For the Committee
(Sd) A Luedecke.

The visit to Bourke is postponed and dated 30th June 1917.
Ref: A McLachlan

The Times Monday December 10 1928 page 7
Pre-war overdraft on Indian Bank re: overdraft before the First World War with the National Bank India is
Heinrich Georg Muller and August Alfred Bernhard Conrad Luedecke of Muller Luedecke and Co in Colombo Ceylon the firm is now located in Hamburg in Germany.

bullet  Research Notes:

Image courtesy Australian National Archives.
Luedecke Alfred
Image No: D3597, 5331
Barcode: 200964269
Found in Photosearch with the Australian Archives.
The picture was taken in the grounds of the local gaol in Bourke (reopened in 1915 for the internees - the brickwork in the background is the same as photographs I have of the gaol - the gaol had been closed by 1909). Each camp had different backgrounds e.g. Trial Bay appears to have larger brickworks, Holdsworthy has wooden slates, Berrima appears to be in the local courthouse. Some of the internees in Bourke were also at different times in different camps.
Ref: A Mclachlan


Alfred married Leila Sybil JULIUS [818] [MRIN: 264], daughter of Villiers Alexander JULIUS [814] and Nora Laura MONEY [815], in 1911. (Leila Sybil JULIUS [818] was born on 10 Mar 1889 in Ramsgate KEN.)

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