Oskar Speck

Oskar Speck
1907 - 1995

Oskar Speck  German Sports Figure


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First Name Oskar
Last Name Speck
Birthday 30th November, 1906
Birthplace Hamburg, Germany
Died 1995
Place of Death Australia
Build Athletic
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality German
Occupation Sports Figure

Oskar Speck (1907–1995) was a German canoeist who paddled by folding kayak from Germany to Australia over the period 1932-1939. A Hamburg electrical contractor made unemployed during the Weimar-period Depression, he left Germany to seek work in the Cypriot copper mines, departing from Ulm and travelling south via the Danube. En route, he changed plan and decided to "see the world", continuing to Australia via the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. On his arrival in Australia, shortly after the start of World War II, Speck was interned as an enemy foreigner. He remained in prisoner-of-war camps for the duration of the war. On release, Speck worked as an opal cutter at Lightning Ridge, before moving to Sydney and establishing a successful career as an opal merchant. In later life he lived with his partner, Nancy Steel, in Killcare, New South Wales.

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