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Interview - Klara Donath, Escape from Hungary & Settling in Australia, Digital Audio Tape, No 2, 08 Apr 1999 Audiovisual Reg. No: HT 31463

Part two of a three part oral history with Hungarian born artist Klara Donath, recorded on 08 April 1999. Klara studied art and painting at university in Hungary, before she was expelled for her political views. She then trained and worked as a costume designer for the many theatres in Budapest. After escaping Hungary in 1956 and immigrating to Australia, Klara worked in a variety of jobs to support her family.

In Australia Klara has continued to create work in her chosen medium of textile art. Much of Klara's work draws upon her Hungarian cultural origins and Bartok's music is a constant source of inspiration for her.
Digital audio tape
Description Of Content:
Part two of a three part oral history with Klara Donath-Patay, a Hungarian born artist. Klara discusses her experience escaping from Hungary and settling in Australia. Klara left Hungary with a girlfriend; they travelled from Budapest to a small village on the boarder before crossing to a small Austrian village on the other side. When they arrived in the village Klara met Frank her future husband, who had left Hungary a few hours earlier. They moved from village to village eventually travelling to Vienna. Klara and Frank then immigrated to Australia, and were sent to Bonegilla when they arrived in Melbourne. Frank found a job working with Philips in Adelaide and they were formally married shortly after they moved there. They had a son, Peter, and Klara found part-time work as an illustrator for a weekly women's fashion column and a Department store.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Klara Donath, 1998
Klára Donáth-Patay
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: art, artworks, immigration, artistic practices, sculpture, migrants, artists, migration settlement, textiles, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Klara Donath, Hungarian Immigrant & Artist, 1956
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Life Stories
Tertiary Classification: oral histories
Format: Digital Audio Tape Recording; DAT Cassette
Date Recorded: 08 Apr 1999
Interviewee: Ms Klara Donath, 08 Apr 1999

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