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Long johns brought to Australia by German migrant Mr H Schleinitz

Date: 1960
Dimensions:
Overall: 900 x 450 mm, 0.35 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr H Schleinitz
Object Name: Long johns
Object No: 00015560

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    Description
    Woollen underwear (long johns) owned by German migrant Mr H Schleinitz. The clothing was brought out by a German migrant on the CASTEL FELICE in 1960.
    This intimate memento of a voyage hints at the ways migrants looked when they disembarked, and how their personal appearance branded them as New Australians or the more pejorative 'balts', 'wogs', or 'reffos'. The clothing tells us much about the sort of place Mr Schleinitz emigrated from, and his expectations of the Australian climate.

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