Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Another Elsinore: 150 years of the Emancipation proclamation in the USA on January 1, 1863. Danish Lieutenant Johan Wilhelm Svedstrup's journey to help stop the slave trade in West Africa.

Lieutenant Johan Wilhelm Svedstrup - Order of the Dannebrog on 3rd June 1882.
Svedstrup's birthplace
I lead a team to host this conference in 2001. I did not know about maternal Danish great great great grandfather Lieutenant Johan W. Svedstrup at the time. What a coincidence!

Kronborg Castle , Elsinore - Denmark. (Shakespeare's Hamlet based on this castle).
Kronborg Castle
As a soldier based at Kronborg, Bombardier Svedstrup climbed to the top of the spire to fix the faulty wind vane.
The Danish Slave Trade