NORWEGIAN EMIGRATION - THE DEBORA EXPEDITION
The Debora Expedition sailed from Bergen in 1879 to establish a Norwegian colony on an Indian Ocean atoll called Aldabra. The organisers endeavoured to find practical and Christian people to create a settlement based on the teachings of the Norwegian preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge (1771 -1824). The expedition was aborted in Madagascar - a few of the participants remained in Madagascar and the rest settled in the British colony of Port Natal (Durban). They were the first group of Norwegian emigrants to settle in Port Natal.
The forty-seven persons who took part in the Debora Expedition were:- Captain Tobiassen and wife, mate Berentsen and wife, mate Oftedal, A Olsen and wife, I Iversen and wife, O Heidalsvig and wife (Høidalsvig), J Finsen and wife, K Bang and wife with three children (Amanda, Severin and Knut), F Larsen and wife with six children (Angel, Emil, Sigvart, the three sons of the late Sivert Andersen Hordnes, and Petra, Ludvig and Karl), H Johnsen and wife with three children (Sina, Josefine and Karl), A Andreassen and wife with three children (I don't remember their names), R Andersen, R Rasmussen, K Jensen, A Hesselberg, H Grung (Grang/Grong), O Fosdal, E Eriksen, P Bang, E Ellingsen, widow Egelandsdal and Miss Serene Larsen. Two children were born on the voyage: a son to Mr and Mrs F Larsen and a son to Mr and Mrs Andreassen.
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The forty-seven persons who took part in the Debora Expedition were:-
CAPTAIN TOBIASSEN AND WIFE
MATE OFTEDAL (OFTEDAHL)
A OLSEN AND WIFE
I IVERSEN AND WIFE
O HEIDALSVIG (HØIDALSVIG) AND WIFE
J FINSEN AND WIFE
K BANG AND WIFE WITH THREE CHILDREN
Amanda, Severin and Knut
F LARSEN AND WIFE WITH SIX CHILDREN
Angel, Emil, Sigvart, (the three sons of the late Sivert Andersen Hordnes) and Petra, Ludvig and Karl
H JOHNSEN AND WIFE WITH THREE CHILDREN
Sina, Josefine and Karl
A ANDREASSEN AND WIFE WITH THREE CHILDREN
The author could not recall their names - Names have since been added to the page
Rasmus Rasmussen (Seaman James) wrote a detailed account of the Debora Expedition.
Seaman James - The life and works of Rasmus Rasmussen (1854 - 1912)
Andreas Hesselberg is mentioned by Sofie Norgaard in her book "A Norwegian Family in South Africa".
H GRUNG (GRANG/GRONG)
E ERIKSEN - Descendants of Elling Eriksen - compiled by Tor Kvien
(Elling father of Erik Ellingsen)
E ELLINGSEN - Notes by Michael B Fisk and Robert L Hawks
(Erik son of Elling Eriksen)
MISS SERENE LARSEN.
Two children were born on the voyage: a son to Mr and Mrs F Larsen and a son to Mr and Mrs Andreassen
The Debora Story : SEVEN ACCOUNTS OF THE DEBORA EXPEDITION
Christadelphians - The Scandinavian Connection (Debora Families)
A Norwegian Family in South Africa by Sofie Norgaard
The Heidalewig Story - Transcribed from a booklet writen by Petra Johanson
A Sunday Times Description of Aldabra
Map and a Short Description of Aldabra
Emigration from Norway