Angelika & Franz Herbertz's Picture Gallery.
Angelika & Franz Herbertz emigrated to Australia on June 12, 1972. They chose the Australis for their passage from Bremerhaven to Sydney, because they wanted to take as much baggage and household effects as possible with them. Angelika & Franz were housed in a small twin inside cabin. The entertainment the crew had arranged included different kind of games, the crossing the line ceremony, dance classes, bingo evenings and variety shows nearly every night.
A highlight for them both during the trip was that Angelika won the Miss Australis contest held on the ship (see photos). Finally arriving in Sydney on July 13th, 1972. Angelika & Franz then went onto Brisbane where Franz had a job waiting for him as an optometrist at OPSM. In October 1972 they started the return journey to Germany, again on the Australis. They had many enjoyable times on the ship on the way back home, but Between Fort Lauderdale and Rotterdam, they were caught in a very bad storm, which made them a day late into Bremerhaven.

In February 2010 they went on vacation to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Whilst there they decided to visit the wreck of the American Star. They collected a few small alluvial parts of the wreck and took them home. The last two pictures below are of the wreck of the American Star/Australis

The first photo is of my brother Ray talking to Miss Australis. He was one of the Entertainment Officers on the ship between 1971 and `74*.
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View Angelika & Franz Herbertz second set of photos here:Angelika & Franz Picture Gallery Part Two.

Many thanks to Angelika & Franz Herbertz for their contribution to the site

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Welcome all visitors to the S.S. Australis Website, which has now been online since 1998!

I will continue to update the site if I receive a new story, or if you have interesting photos taken on the ship during your voyage on either the southbound, northbound, or on one of the South Pacific cruises. We used to do those trips several times a year from Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland (New Zealand).

I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from the numerous passengers and crew over many years.

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