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Information Sheet - Accommodation Arrangements, Issued to Guenter Schneider, by Australian Embassy, Cologne, Germany, Aug 1954 Document Reg. No: HT 30264

Two-sided information sheet (one side in English, one side in German), outlining the accommodation arrangements for migrants arriving in Australia under the Australian/West German Assisted Passage Scheme. It was issued to German Migrant Guenter Schneider in August 1954 by the Australian Embassy in Koln (Cologne), Germany. Details primarily refer to temporary hostel accommodation, naming Bonegilla Reception Centre for the eastern states.

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.
Foolscap sized single sheet of paper with typed text. Information provided in English on one side and in German on the other. Dated August 1954 and issued by the Australian Embassy (Migration Office) Cologne - Marienburg.
Statement Of Significance:
This item is part of a collection which enables the documentation of the experiences of post World War II German migrants who came via the Australian/West German Assisted Passage Scheme. This was one of many agreements established between the Australian Government and the governments of numerous European countries to encourage post-war migration. This agreement was ratified in 1952. The collection also links to the history of the Kiewa Hydro-Electric Scheme which employed many post-war migrants and which receives less attention in comparison to the better known Snowy Mountains Scheme, both managed at the time by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. Finally a number of the documents relate to one of the best known migrant ships the Dutch Nederland Line MV ?Johan van Oldenbarnevelt?.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Patrick Schneider, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 300 mm (Height), 210 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: german immigration, assisted immigration, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: rules & regulations
Inscriptions: Title: 'Accommodation Arrangements Upon Arrival in Australia'
Reverse Title: 'Wohnraumbeschaffung nach Ankunft in Australien'
Issued By: Commonwealth of Australia, Cologne, Australia, Aug 1954

Issued by the Australian Embassy in Marienburg, Koln (Cologne), Germany. Marienburg is an area of the city district Rodenkirchen in the city of Cologne.
Issued To: Mr Guenter Schneider, Germany, Aug 1954
Organisation Named: Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre, Bonegilla, Victoria, Australia

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