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Letter - Anna Hardmack to Robert Salter, 22 Dec 1938 Document Reg. No: HT 20322

Letter from Anna Hardmack to Robert Salter dated 22 December 1938. Anna thanks Robert Salter for his Christmas gift and sends her best wishes for his reunion with his fiancée. Robert 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.

He journeyed on 2 ships from Rotterdam to Melbourne via Indonesia and Brisbane, but found when he arrived in Brisbane 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.
Folded letter hand written on one half only, headed Federal Members Room, House of Representatives, from Anna Hardmack to Robert Salter, Carlton, dated 22 December 1938.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Michael Salter, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 202 mm (Height), 127 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: clothing trade, flinders lane rag trade, jewish immigration, refugees, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, 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, printed: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES/FEDERAL MEMBERS' ROOMS/318 POST OFFICE PLACE/BOX 1692P/MELBOURNE, C.1./Dear Mr. Salter/On my return from/lunch I found your Xmas gift &/thank you sincerely & appreciate your/kind thought./May I wish you the/best of good Yuntif & that your/business will be successful & that/your young lady will be with/you very soon.
Addressed To: Mr. Robert Salter, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 22 Dec 1938
Sender: Anna Hardmack, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22 Dec 1938
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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