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Postcard - 'Mt Beauty and the Kiewa Scheme', 1950s Document Reg. No: HT 30248

Fold-out colour postcard featuring images of Mount Beauty and the Kiewa Hydro-Electric Scheme, kept by German migrant Guenter Schneider who worked there from 1956 until 1962.

Guenter and Ann Schneider migrated to Australia from Neustadt, Germany through the Australian/West German Assisted Passage Scheme, travelling on the Dutch Nederland Line ship MV 'Johan van Oldenbarnevelt' from 11 December 1954 until 13 January 1955. Guenter and Ann left Germany due to experiencing economic hardship, and also enticed by good reports from a German friend who had already migrated to Tasmania. They were transported directly from Station Pier to Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre in northern Victoria. Their first and only child Patrick was born at Albury Hospital soon after they arrived in June 1955. They later relocated to Mount Beauty in north-eastern Victoria where Guenter, a motor mechanic by trade, was employed as a general labourer on the Kiewa Hydro-Electric Scheme, probably in fulfilment of the standard two year government work contract compulsory for assisted migrants. In 1962 they moved to Morwell in the Victorian La Trobe Valley where Guenter was employed as a turbine operator. He was employed there by the State Electricity Commission until his retirement in the 1990s.
Full colour postcard which folds out to reveal 12 back-to-back images of natural, skiing, road trip and power station scenes. Inside front cover contains text about Mt Beauty as tourist destination and the Kiewa Hydro electric project. Reverse side has space for postal address and postage stamp.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Patrick Schneider, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 150 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, working life, german immigration, rural industry, tourism
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Inscriptions: Title: 'Mt BEAUTY and the KIEWA SCHEME'
Publisher: Nucolorvue Productions Pty. Ltd., Mentone, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
User: Mr Guenter Schneider, Victoria, Australia, circa 1956-1962
Organisation Depicted: State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV), Mount Beauty, Australian Alps, Victoria, Australia, 1950s

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