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Postcard - SS Nieuw Zeeland, 1938 Image Reg. No: HT 20308

Ship postcard from the SS Nieuw Zeeland, which was kept as a souvenir by Robert Salter, of his journey from Austria to Australia. Robert Salter fled Vienna just before the German annexation of Austria in 1938. He left from Rotterdam on the 'Dempo', a holiday ship, on 20 July 1938; then transferred to the SS Nieuw Zeeland in Batavia (Jakarta) on 21 August to travel to Melbourne via Brisbane, arriving in Melbourne on 8 September 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. When he arrived in Australia he discovered 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.
Coloured postcard featuring image of the ship SS Nieuw Zeeland. Reverse blank except for the K.P.M Royal Packet Navigation Co. logo.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Michael Salter, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 95 mm (Height), 141 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: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: print media
Inscriptions: Text, printed reverse: POST CARD/Royal Packet Navigation Co./PRINTED IN AUSTRALIA.
Format: Postcard: Colour
Place & Date Made: Australia, 1938
Ship Depicted: SS Nieuw Zeeland, 1938
User: Mr. Robert Salter, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 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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