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Letter - TH Garrett to Dr W Maloney, 9 Jan 1940 Document Reg. No: HT 20472

Letter from T.H. Garrett to Dr W. Maloney, dated 9 January 1940. It relates to the granting of Australian visas for Robert Salter parents'. Salter migrated to Australia from Austria, fleeing Vienna just before the German annexation of Austria in 1938.

Robert had applied for residency in Australia 5 months before leaving Vienna but could not wait for approval as he was in danger of being arrested, however when he arrived in Brisbane he found that his application for residency had been rejected. With the help of William Maloney, a federal Member of Parliament who befriended him, Robert was finally able to obtain permits for himself, as well as for his parents, his fiancee Ida and his friend who had accompanied him on the journey.
Typed letter headed Commonwealth of Australia, Department of the Interior, Canberra, ACT, from T.H. Garrett to Dr W. Maloney MP, Melbourne, dated 9 January 1940. It refers to a telephone conversation on 22 December 1939 regarding the admission to Australia of Robert Salter's parents. It confirms the despatch of a cablegram to the British Passports Control Officer in Belgium, renewing their landing permit and granting their Australian visas.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Michael Salter, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 255 mm (Height), 203 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: clothing trade, flinders lane rag trade, jewish immigration, refugees, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, immigration selection, government departments, jewish communities
Themes this item is part of: Robert Salter Collection, Robert Salter, Austrian Jewish Migrant & Tailor, 1938, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Arrival
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Text: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR/CANBERRA, A.C.T./9th January, 1940./Dear Sir,/I refer to your telephonic communication/of the 22nd December, 1939, relative to the renewal of/the authority granted for the admission to Australia of/Mr. Marcus Salter and his wife.
Addressed To: Honourable William Maloney, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 09 Jan 1940
Sender: T. Garrett, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 9 Jan 1940
References: Video interview with Robert Salter particularly regarding his tailoring period in Flinders Lane - conducted by Jewish Museum of Australia for Schmutta Business exhibition, 2002?
Article: Salter, Robert 'Flinders Lane Memory Lane' The Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, Vol 10, Part 7, 1989
Interview transcript: Robert Salter interviewed by son, date?.
Copies of selection of photos, including one showing Robert wearing the overcoat in the months before fleeing Vienna.

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