Of fellow countrymen
Deported from their homelands
By the Soviet Communist Regime
On 14th June 1941
These trees were planted by
The Estonian Latvian and Lithuania
Communities of South Australia
On 13th June 1959
For many years the Baltic community has gathered to commemorate the June 13 & 14 deportations, in the Migration Museum courtyard.
In 1959 Juozas Lapšys, Baltic Council president organised for a memorial to be erected in the Glenunga Reserve, Connyngham street, Glenunga. That year members from the Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian communities planted three trees and erected the above plaque in a granite rock.
As the years passed their was concern that the plaque would be lost, stolen or forgotten, so the Migration Museum was approached to see if they would take ownership.
Janina Vabolienė, President of the Lithuanian Community said in 2003 regarding the June deportations;
‘When our parents, brothers and sisters journeyed to distant Siberia, the echo of the train wheels resound in our ears and our hearts reiterate our countrymen’s torment’.