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Digital Photograph - Four Men Helping Each Other Build a House, Newport, 1951 Image Reg. No: MM 111021

Black and white photograph showing Ivan Kucan and friends in work gear, building a house in Newport, 1951.

According to the 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 their contract was finished, Ivan and a group of five friends came to Melbourne looking for land on which to build their homes. They all purchased land in the same street in Newport and helped each other build their homes.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Four men standing in front of a work bench with a clamp out in the open. The two to the right are wearing overalls. To the right are building materials and a tree. In the background buildings can be seen.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Larysa Kucan, 2006
Contributed by Ms Larysa Kucan
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: building materials, building sites, construction sites, friendships, houses, migrants, water transport, east melbourne harriers
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
Inscriptions: 125
People Depicted: Kucan, Ivan; other people unknown
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Newport, Victoria, Australia, 1951

Source of Date Depicted: Family knowledge.
Photographer: Unknown


Shelley Lapworth Posted on 09 Dec 2010 4:43 PM
I think the man on the far right of this picture is my late grandfather Dmytro Hojsan. He was also ukranian and was a displaced immigrant who stayed at bonegilla at the same time and built a house in Newport at the same time. He was very friendly and definitely would have helped his own at the time being of same nationality. He was known as Peter though in Australia. His wife was German ( my nanna ) named Theresa and they had two children my mum Monica born 1950 in Germany and my uncle Peter born in 1952 in Melbourne while building their housevalso in newport.

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