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Digital Photograph - Ivan Kucan & Friends Sitting in Passenger Shelter at Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne, Victoria, 1951 Image Reg. No: MM 111005

Black and white photograph showing Ivan Kucan and friends in a passenger shelter on the platform at Flinders Street, Melbourne, 1951.

According to Ivan's family, in 1949 the Kucan family migrated to Australia as displaced persons after World War II. They had stayed in a displaced persons camp in Austria for four years but their country of origin was the Ukraine. During the first two years in Australia they lived in migrant camps in Bonegilla and Benalla. The men had to work off the cost of their passage in a contract to the government. After two years of working off their passage, this group of five migrant men came down to Melbourne to purchase land and build homes. They joined together and helped each other build their own houses in the same street in Newport.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Five migrant workers sitting on a bench seat in a wooden passenger shelter on a platform at Flinders Street Railway Station. The photograph appears to be taken on Platform No.3. Through the glass window panes above the mens' heads can be seen part of the railway offices above Platform No.1 and the pantograph and roof of a 'Tait' style red suburban electric passenger train of the type that saw service on Melbourne's suburban railway network between 1919 and the early 1980s. Two of the men are wearing hats and one is holding a briefcase on his knee.

Ivan Kucan on the extreme left is the contributor's father.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Larysa Kucan, 2006
Contributed by Ms Larysa Kucan
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: migrants, workers, railway stations, electric trains, hats, briefcases
Themes this item is part of: Post World War II Immigration in Photographs, Migration Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: RAIL TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Electric Tramways
Tertiary Classification: passengers
People Depicted: Kucan, Ivan; Konuisko, Mr.(first name unknown); Nytchenko, Mr.(first name unknown); Howko, Mr (first name unknown); unknown man
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1951

Source of Date Depicted: Family knowledge.
Photographer: Unknown


Stan Sedgman Posted on 06 Jan 2010 2:42 PM
NOT Trams but Trains....Flinders St Platform
see train & building beyond shelter!!
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Jan 2010 4:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Stan, thankyou for your comment. We have referred your comment to the History & Technology Curators and we will get back to you as soon as we have more information available.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Jan 2010 2:53 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks again for your feedback, Stan. Our Senior Curator of Engineering and Transport has updated our records in light of your observation. It is indeed Flinders Street Station that appears in this image, with trains in the background.

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