Sunday, 21 February 2010

Dressed to impress

Displaced Persons going through Bonegilla Migrant Camp upon entry to Australia would receive items of clothing. The list below is for my great aunt and uncle and shows the different items for males and females.

Albinas
Boots (1)
Shoes
Sox (2)
Underpants (2)
Singlet (2)
Handkerchiefs (2)
Pyjamas (1)
Hats (1)
Braces (1)
Ties (1)
Trousers (1)
Coats (1)
Shirts (1)
Pullovers (1)

Ruta
Shoes (1)
Stockings (1)
Anklets (2)
Pantettes
Singlet (1)
Blouses
Skirts(1)
Handkerchiefs
Nightdresses (1)
Pyjamas
Corsets (1)
Brassieres (1)
Overalls (1)
Hats (1)
Cardigans (1)
Raincoats (1)

Monday, 15 February 2010

The General Heintzelman

The General Stuart Heintzelman was the first ship that carried Displaced Persons from war torn Europe to settle in Australia.

The first transport brought 843 refugees to Australia, 729 males, 114 females, 142 Estonians, 262 Latvians and 439 Lithuanians. Below are some of the Lithuanians from that transport who settled in South Australia.

PUŠLYS
SMILGEVIČIUS
BIMBA
GUSTAINIS
BALSEVIČIUS
DONIĖLA
KAMISKAS
BRAZAUSKAS
JAKIMAVIČIUS
MAČUKAS
ŽVINKLYS
VALIŪLIS
ANTANAITIS
VALENČIUS
STAUGAS
DZIAUGYS
JUŽELENAS
SAMULIS
ČAPLIKAS
JANONIS
BAKŠYS
NORKELIŪNAS
KALIKAS
JUČIUS
ŠALYTĖ
JUODKA
BULKĖ
BLIUKYS
ZAJARSKAS
UZPULEVIČIUS
AKUMBAKAS
MAZILIAUSKAS
VIDURGIRIS
GRICIUS
NAVICKAS
GUOBA
BIELSKIS
DEIMANTAS
VALTERIS
KALENDRA

Link to the complete list of passengers aboard the first transport and more information about the first transport can be found on the Fifth Fleet website. www.fifthfleet.net

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Its our loss! Closure of Adelaide office of the NAA

The Adelaide office of the National Archives of Australia is due to close in March 2011. Forced to make cost cutting measures the smallest three offices will close. South Australia will loose a chunk of its history with the closure with records going interstate. This will mean, if you want to access records you pay to have them digitised or travel interstate to view them.

While this may not concern you all, it may if you want to trace your family history. In particular to Lithuanian immigrants, the Adelaide office may contain records of your family. In particular relevance are Alien registration documents (D4878)and Alien registration cards (D4881). At the moment you can view them and take copies for free with digital camera's in the Adelaide office.

To see if your family has records in the National Archives, log onto their site www.naa.gov.au and go to Collections - Records Search. Log on as a guest user and type in your surname.

You will have until March 2011 to access the Archives.

If you are angry about the closure you can keep up to date on what's happening through the History Council of SA website www.historycouncilsa.org.au