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Postcard - MV Dundalk Bay, Irish Bay Lines, circa 1949 Reg. No: HT 1380
- Postcard of the Irish Bay Lines ship, MV Dundalk Bay, circa 1949. The postcard is stamped E. Stermole, and was collected by Erhard Stermole on his voyage to Australia in 1949. Following the occupation of the province of Gotschee in what was then Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) by Italian forces in 1941, Erhard and his parents and siblings were relocated to Germany. Gotschee had been colonised by German speakers in the 1300s and had a mixed Germanic and Slovene population at the time of its invasion.
In late 1941 and early 1942 many of the Gottscheer ethnic Germans (almost 12,000 people) were relocated to Brezice (Rann), Slovenia (at that time controlled by Germany). Erhard and his family were put on a train and finally allowed to disembark in Germany to live on a railway siding until getting to Austria to live in poor circumstances.
They later returned to Germany when Erhard's father Max joined the German army, and then moved to Austria to live with Erhard's grandparents on a property near the Croatian border. In 1944 the family split, with Max taking the two elder children, including Erhard, and his wife, Maria, taking the two younger children. In 1949 Max decided to migrate with his sons to Australia, they travelled on the 'Dundalk Bay' and were transferred to Bonegilla migrant camp on arrival.
- Postcard with black and white image of a ship on the water on the front.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Ernie Stermole, 2003
|Dimensions:||8.8 cm (Width), 13.5 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||german communities, german immigration, world war ii 1939-1945, immigration, immigrant voyages, national identity, displaced persons, immigration selection, vaccination, migrant camps, slovenian communities, slovenian immigration, estonian communities|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Transport Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Travel - Shipboard Life|
|Inscriptions:||Reverse stamped: E. Stermole.
Handwritten in pencil: Approx. 900 passengers.
Printed on reverse: Henry P. Lenaghan & sons, Ltd., 29 Donegall Street, Belfast.
|Format:||Postcard: Black & White|
|Issued By:||Irish Bay Lines, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, 1949|
|User:||Mr Ernie Stermole, 1949|
|Ship Depicted:||., 1949|