Alma Doepel Supporters Club
Easter 2019 Newsletter
Alma Doepel Significant Milestone Achieved
Dear <<First Name>>
Announcing a Framing Out Ceremony to mark the completion of the Alma Doepel Restoration Framing Stage.
To mark this significant moment in the Restoration, the Lord Mayor Sally Capp and other Stakeholders will attend a formal Stakeholders Day at the Alma Shed.
We would like to see Alma Doepel Club Supporters to be on hand to welcome our Stakehiolders and show them around.
Let me know if you are willing to be a part of this day and I will provide you with those details.
Below is an illustration of work so far achieved and why this is a significant moment for the Alma Doepel
To mark this moment in the Restoration,
it is appropriate to reflect on a brief history of Carl Frederik Doepel
the man who built the Alma Doepel back in 1903
with thanks to Robert Doepel, a grandson, for this information
Carl Fredrik Doepel’s history is long and complex.
This series of dot points is only a thin sketch of his life.
18/6/1854: Born in Kristinestad, Finland, the third of six children.
27/6/1854: Baptised Carl Fredrik Doepel. (the spelling of Fredrik is from his baptismal certificate).
1860s: Typhoid fever kills his mother and three siblings, and incapacitates his father and one other sibling. He and one brother are spared.
1870: Aged 16 years, he begins seamanship training.
1872: Aged 18 years, as an able seaman he signs on to the SS CAROLINA, where his uncle Anders Hjulman (pronounced ULMAN) is the captain.
25/1/1874: Aged 20 years, he jumps ship from the CAROLINA, in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
1874: He is shanghaied onto the SS MERMAID.
1874: The MERMAID puts into Sydney harbour for repairs sustained in a cyclone.
1874: Carl Fredrik and another Finnish sailor, Michael Laconnen (Big Mick), jump ship in Sydney. They are subsequently given residency, and commence working on coastal traders on the NSW North coast.
Carl Fredrik is now called Fred, and the spelling is Anglicised to Frederick.
1878: Aged 24 years, Fred and Big Mick settle in the Bellinger River district. (maybe because it closely resembles his birthplace of Kristinestad).
1886: Aged 32 years, Fred marries Mary Anne McNally, aged 20 years, who was born in Bellingen in 1866 of Irish parents.
1903: As well as running an extensive business empire, Fred built four sailing ships, named in order, The SURPRISE, the BELLINGER, the VIOLET DOEPEL, and the ALMA DOEPEL. (the last two named after daughters)
He also named two droghers OUR HARRY and ERIC, after two of his sons.
1926: Aged 72 years, he retired to live in Maroubra in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.
1929: Aged 75 years, while on a visit to the Bellinger River, he died in an accident at his sawmill.
Fred and Mary Doepel produced nine children between 1887 and 1905. The last two being Alma in 1903, and Robert's father Eric in 1905.
Here is your opportunity to join us at the Restoration Shed on Sunday 28 April
Take a cruise through Melbourne's busy ports and see Mighty Ships up close as you head to the Shed!
This is a ONE DAY only opportunity - seats are limited so book now to avoid disappointment
There are a number of ways
you can help raise money for Alma
1. The end of financial year is looming, and with that you may be thinking about tax deductible donations!
Please think of the Alma Doeple Restoration Project.
2. Why not get a group together and come on a "Behind the Scenes Tour" of the Alma Doepel. If each member makes a small donation - say $10 - we will provide a tour with morning tea. You will see up close the work that is going on and learn about the 115 years of history including service to:
Eastern seaboard of Australia,
Hobart and Melbourne,
the Army in WW2 in the Pacific Islands
and her new role providing Youth Sail Training for young people equipping them for success in their lives
3. If you are considering a mortgage in the near future - you might want to have a look at the AWA Alliance Bank who have an arrangement with the Alma Doepel to assist in the Restoration. As an example if you took out a $250,000 mortgage at 3.99% it will deliver Alma Doepel approximately $1,300 a year. Something for you to think about.
A Strategic Partnership between Alma Doepel and AWA Alliance Bank has been established.
Through this partnership you can support Alma Doepel’s restoration by considering AWA Alliance Bank for your banking needs..
For more details click here AWA Alliance Bank Website
Make a donation today of any amount, and remember a donation of $500 or more buys a plank and immortalises you or your group on our Plank Honour Board.
Click on this link to the ADSC Application Form
Remember, join up for 5 years, and you only pay for 4!
Fill it out and follow payment instructions.
You can email to me or send to the PO Box indicated.
Every dollar raised goes towards the restoration.
See you on board the Alma Doepel Supporters Club!