George Dibbern: His Life and Quest

Adventurer ~ Sailor-Philosoper ~ Free Thinker ~ Self-declared Citizen of the World

Throughout the ten years of research for Dark Sun, I connected with many people who helped with information, who became known to me as “George People” and whom I wished to keep apprised of new findings and progress regarding, for instance, the reissue of Quest. In addition, after the publication of Dark Sun and my higher online profile, people who read the book, who were looking to buy a copy of Quest, or who had additional information about Te Rapunga and/or George Dibbern tracked me down. I also periodically google George Dibbern and find interesting references or archival material. In order to share the information I try to send out a, more-or-less quarterly, newsletter.

I’ve fallen way behind—the new Quest took up ever so much more time than I had anticipated and a series of “real life” crises manifested—but now that the web site has been revised and upgraded I hope to update the news and re-asess the value of continuing with a newsletter .

If you wish to be on the mailing list, please send me an email with “Yes to Newsletter” in the subject line. Otherwise you can simply check the web site periodically for the most recent one.

If you are on the list but prefer not to be, please send an email with “No newsletter” in the subject line.

If your edress changes, and you wish to remain on the list, please advise me of the new one.
Erika Grundmann


No. 13- JANUARY 2013
•Südwest Rundfunk radio program in Germany – about George Dibbern
•Letter from Ray Reesby – Auckland NZ
•Reminiscences from Sara Gatti Heaton – Liverpool, UK
•Envelope & broadsheet from Lynn Friesner
•Geoff Heriot’s book In the South
•Anette Selg’s article: “Törn nach Utopia” in mare #91
•Second printing of Quest

No. 12 – NOVEMBER 2011
April 2010 – George Dibbern Odyssey trip to coastal California:
•San Francisco – Bird and Beckett Bookstore
•Salinas – Visit with Valentine Miller
•Big Sur – Henry Miller Memorial Library
•Santa Barbara – Visit with Eva Menkin – Freiherr von Fritsch connection
September 2010 – Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend
Other News:
•Miller article in Die Zeit, Germany
•Article planned for mare magazine in Germany
•One hour feature planned for Südwest Radio in June 2012
•New links

No. 11 – FEBRUARY 2010
• Booklet by George Dibbern: “A Sail on the Horizon,” courtesy Lenore Nysse in NZ
• Letters by George Dibbern from John Ansett in AU
• Presentation/display at Still Water Books and Art in Campbell River, BC
• Facebook “common interest” George Dibbern Group

No. 10 – OCTOBER 2009
•Anecdote from Jane Caddy
•Letter from George to Capt. Louis Brady found among Count von Luckner (Sea Devil) papers
•New postings about Dibbern on the internet
•News and update re Quest
•New book by Rüdiger von Fritsch

No. 9 – APRIL 2009

•The new Quest is available

No. 8 – AUGUST 2008

•Details re the new reprint edition of Quest by George Dibbern; release date delayed

No. 7 – MAY 2008
•Rüdiger Freiherr von Fritsch, godson of Doe von Fritsch, contacted me.
•Mea culpa: mis-identification of woman in photo in Dark Sun.
•Article about Dibbern’s passport by René Étiemble in Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

No. 6 – JANUARY 2008
•What appears to be the original German copy of Convert to Freedom (titled Ein Nazi entdeckt Frankreich).
•Dibbern referred to as a member of the Joshua Slocum Society.

No. 5 – AUGUST 2007
Dark Sun donated to Bruny Island History Room.
•Dust jacket of John Lane The Bodley Head edition of Quest with blurb about Eitel Wolf Dobert’s book Convert to Freedom—and discovery of blurb about Quest on dust jacket of Convert to Freedom.

No. 4 – APRIL 2007
•Sally Holden in UK with info about Albrecht von Fritsch/ George René Halkett.
•German Friendship Globe in Dundarave, West Vancouver BC.

No. 3 – NOVEMBER 2006
•Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend – 8–11 September 2006.
New Zealand Memories: my article “After the Book”

No. 2 – AUGUST 2006
•Author selling Dark Sun at Squirrel Cove Craft Store.
•New photos of Dibbern on Satellite Island, Tasmania.
•Introduction to “Citizens of the Sea” movement.

No.1– MAY 2006
•Archival findings from University of Indiana in the Bloom MSS
•Film of Stranding in Greymouth NZ, 1957.
•Lee Domann a modern day troubadour
•German Artists Thomas Weisenberger & Jo Schaeuble
•Excerpt from Roy Murdock’s Diary