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Suitcase - Wood, circa 1940 Object Reg. No: SH 960149

Wooden Suitcase made by an Italian POW interned in the internment Camp No. PWCH V29, near Albury, circa 1942. Over 1000 Italian POWs were interned in this camp. Most of them had been captured in North Africa and transported for internment in Australia in 1941. Some of these POWs were assigned to work as mechanics or labourers in the nearby Australian Military camp at Bandiana, close to Bonegilla. The POWs befriended the Australian soldiers who would allow them to take scraps of metal and wood to make objects like this.
Rectangular wooden suitcase, with metal handle and two metal clasps, all rusted.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Anonymous, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 154.00 mm (Height), 375.00 mm (Width), 634.00 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, internment camps, italian communities, italian immigration, world war ii 1939-1945, prison camps, prisoners of war
Themes this item is part of: Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Place & Date Made: Bandiana, Victoria, Australia, 1940

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