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- A Place & Date Depicted Nunawading, Australia
Digital Photograph - Two Boys in Front of Nissen Hut, Nunawading Migrant Hostel, 1958-1959 Reg. No: MM 110870
- Black and white photograph showing Michael Clarke and an unknown friend at the Nunawading Migrant Hostel, 1958-1959.
Michael and his family came out from Nuneaton, Warwickshire England, in 1958 as part of the Assisted Migration Scheme. The family lived at the Nunawading Migrant Hostel for 18 months until they had the money to put a deposit on a house. Michael had two younger brothers and two younger sisters. He was approximately 15 years old when the photograph was taken. The huts in the background were known as 'Nissen huts' and were divided into four units. Michael's family were given two units, as they were such a large family.
Nissen huts were developed during World War I by Major Peter Norman Nissen of the 29th Company Royal Engineers, UK. They were used extensively by the Allies during World War II for military camps and airbases. Pre-fabricated, and made simply from corrugated steel in the shape of a half cylinder, Nissen huts were cheap to make, and easy to transport and erect. After World War I Nissen huts helped to solve the housing shortage, and were widely used as migrant housing.
- Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
- Description Of Content:
- Two boys standing leaning on a tree, in front of a Nissen hut. A car is parked between huts in the background.
- Acquisition Information:
- Copied from Mrs Denise Clarke, 2006
- Contributed by Mrs Denise Clarke
|Tagged with:||families, migrants, world war ii 1939-1945, nissen huts|
|Themes this item is part of:||Post World War II Immigration in Photographs, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Accommodation - Hostels|
|Tertiary Classification:||family portraits|
|Original Caption:||Michael Clarke and friend at Nunawading Migrant Hostel|
|Inscriptions:||Hostel Nunawading about 14/15yrs old 200 Mick & friend|
|People Depicted:||Clarke, Michael; unknown boy|
|Organisations Depicted:||Nunawading Migrant Hostel|
|Format:||Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Nunawading, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1959|