Gustav Travers

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Gustav Travers (* 1839 in Höchst am Main ; † May 1, 1892 in Gersau , Switzerland) was a German diplomat .


The consulate building of the German Empire in Apia

After attending school in Wiesbaden, Travers began studying law at the University of Göttingen in 1865 , where he became a member of the Corps Hannovera . He received his doctorate as Dr. iur. He then joined the diplomatic service of the North German Confederation and worked for this as port consul in London ; from 1871 to 1877 he was port consul of the German Empire in London. In 1872 he became Vice Consul in Cairo . In 1883 Travers was active in Canton and Hong Kong . In 1885 Travers, as consul general in Sydney and at the same time special commissioner of the German Empire for Samoa , triggered a diplomatic conflict with Great Britain after he had hoisted the German imperial flag on the neutral municipal area in front of Apia with the support of the gunboat SMS Albatross . From 1885 to 1887 Travers was consul general in Sydney , Australia, and in 1888 Prime Minister in Tangier , the then diplomatic center of Morocco . On March 1, 1889, he retired for health reasons.


  • Johannes Hürter (Red.): Biographical Handbook of the German Foreign Service 1871 - 1945. 5. T - Z, supplements. Published by the Foreign Office, Historical Service. Volume 5: Bernd Isphording, Gerhard Keiper, Martin Kröger: Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 2014, ISBN 978-3-506-71844-0 .
  • Tobias C. Bringmann : Handbuch der Diplomatie, 1815-1963: Foreign Heads of Mission in Germany and German Heads of Mission Abroad from Metternich to Adenauer , de Gruyter, 2001, p. 148 and p. 153 (digitized version)
  • Heinrich Ferdinand Curschmann : Blue Book of the Corps Hannovera zu Göttingen , Volume 1 (1809–1899), Göttingen 2002, No. 689

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt 1871: Appointment as German consuls. 12 August 1871
  2. ^ Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt 1872: Appointment as German consuls. 12 March 1872
  3. see conflict over Samoa
  4. On his stay in Samoa: Franz Stadtmüller (Ed.): Geschichte des Corps Hannovera zu Göttingen 1809-1959. Göttingen 1963, pp. 216-217.
  5. List of German consuls general in Sydney ( Memento from April 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ^ Academic monthly books 9 (1892/93), p. 91.