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Digital Photograph - Two Men Help Each Other Build a House, Newport, 1951 Image Reg. No: MM 111013

Black and white photograph showing Ivan Kucan and an unknown friend, working to build a house, Newport, 1951.

According to Ivan Kucan'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 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, Ivan Kucan and five migrant friends came down to Melbourne to purchase land to build homes. They all purchased land in the same street in Newport and helped each other build their homes. Ivan is helping the other man in this photograph to build his home.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Two men standing behind a work bench. One is holding a tool. The other has a long metal rod in a clamp on the bench. Metal rods are in the foreground. In the background are trees and a house.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Larysa Kucan, 2006
Contributed by Ms Larysa Kucan
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: houses, migrants
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: BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Secondary Classification: Residential Buildings
Tertiary Classification: home building
People Depicted: Kucan, Ivan; unknown man
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Newport, Victoria, Australia, 1951

Source of Date Depicted: Family knowledge.
Photographer: Unknown

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