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Digital Photograph - Two Boys in Front of Nissen Hut, Nunawading Migrant Hostel, 1958-1959 Image 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
Discipline: History

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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
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
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
Photographer: Unknown


Arthur Berry Posted on 11 Jun 2013 2:05 PM
Our family arrived at Nunawadding Hostel on Monday3rd June 1974.My wife myself & 4 Children.I remember being met as we arrived by taxi from the Airpot by thr Manager & staff,We were led to our accomadation which was upper floor of a brick & Tile unit,We were $10 poms,It was the start of our new life in Australia,it was a humble begining but we look back 39 years later,Thinking without the start it gave us,My family would never have been able to have acheivedThe standed of living we all enjoy today,So I must say a big thank you Nunnawadding hostel (I know its not there now I have been back)We are all living in Perth today,and have never regretted the move to Australia,Kind Regards Arthur Berry

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