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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


Lizzie Brown Posted on 05 Feb 2015 8:46 PM
I have in my possession a small wooden suitcase, that I purchase at a boot fair, that is exactly the same as your suitcase that was made by the Italian prisoners of war in 1942, displayed in your museum.
I live in Kent, England and was very excited when I found out the history of it.
Did any of the prisoners get sent to the Eden Camp, North Yorkshire, England in 1942 and would any one know how many of these suitcases were made.
I am very intrigued in the journey and history of this little suitcase and would really appreciate any information on it. Many thanks.

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