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Immigrants on deck of the KANIMBLA with immigration minister Caldwell

Date: 1947
Overall: 60 x 85 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Australian Lithuanian Community
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00003844

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    HistoryKonstancija (Kastute) Kunigunda Jurskis (née Brundzaite) was among the first Lithuanian migrants who came to Australia in December 1947 onboard USAT GENERAL STUART HEINZELMAN. After a few days in Fremantle, they boarded the HMAS KANIMBLA and came to Melbourne on 7 December 1947. On their arrival, they were greeted by the then Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Arthur A. Calwell, and other dignitaries. In the photograph we see Konstancija and Jonas Motiejunas handing over a small gift, a book and a typical Lithuanian bookmark, to the Minister from the Lithuanian contingent on the ship.

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