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Trunk - Wood, Stud Detail, Greece, circa 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 7854

Summary:
Rectangular shaped trunk made from wood and lined on the exterior with metal sheeting. The trunk was brought to Australia by Nick Karathanasopoulos, when he returned to Australia with his wife and daughter. Nick had first migrated to Australia in the early 1920s. Nick and his family travelled on the 'Strathmore' and were the only non-service people on board. During the journey they were detained in Port Said due to the war for four months, hence the transit reference on the trunk. The reference to Pavilion L'Esplanade on the lid of the trunk suggests that Nick was addressing his luggage to his brother George, who was living in St Kilda at that time. It is likely that Nick and his family stayed with George when they first arrived.
Description:
Rectangular shaped trunk made from wood and lined on the exterior with metal sheeting. The trunk has a domed lid, and features decorative stud work. The sides of the trunk also have stencilled images. The Inside of the trunk is lined with purple and white striped fabric. There is extensive text which has been painted onto the Lid in white.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Joe Grimwade, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 63.5 cm (Height), 48.0 cm (Width), 87.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, greek immigration, greek communities, luggage, religions greek orthodox, world war ii 1939-1945, caf s, military history
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Karathanasopoulos Brothers, Greek Migrants, 1920s
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Written on lid in white: For / Nick Karathanasopoulon / Pavilion / L'Esplanade St Kilda Melbourne / Australia / Transit / Port Said
Studded onto lid: 18 KK 93
User: Mr Nick Karathanasopoulos, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 1943
Place named: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 1943
Place Made: Greece, circa 1940s

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