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Certificate - Crossing the Equator, Issued to Zofia Antoniszyn, 17 Apr 1949 Document Reg. No: HT 5323

Crossing the Equator certificate issued on board the U.S.A.T. General Ballau to Zofia Antoniszyn on 17 April 1949. Zofia Antoniszyn was born in 1909 in Czestochowa in Sosnowiec in south west Poland. Displaced by the war, Zofia and her son, Stefan, left Poland in 1947 and went to Germany where they received displaced persons status. In 1949 Zofia and Stephan migrated to Australia on the General Ballau. Stefan describes as the voyage as 'luxury' and 'like a holiday', they were given American food and a carton of cigarettes every week. They stayed at Bathurst Migrant Camp for a couple of months and then came to Melbourne.
Landscape format certificate that is printed on one side only (colour). The front of the certificate includes a decorative illustration that includes images of Neptune, horses and mermaids and a green sea border. The written text appears in the central register of the certificate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Stefan Anthony, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 52.0 cm (Width), 41.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, certificates, shipboard travel, polish communities, polish immigration, shipping industry, crossing the equator ceremonies
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: recreation
Inscriptions: 'IMPERIUM NEPTUNI REGIS/ TO ALL SAILORS WHEREVER YE MAY BE: and to all Mermaids, Whales, Sea Serpents, Porpoises, Sharks, Dolphins, Skates, Suckers, Crabs, Lobsters and all other Living Things of the Sea/ GREETING: Know Ye: That on of Latitude 00000 and Longitude...85 (degrees) E... there appeared within Our Royal Domain the...U.S.A.T. General Ballau... bound...South...for the Equator and for...Sydney, Australia...'
Issued To: Zofia Antoniszyn, 17 Apr 1949
Place & Date Issued: USAT General Ballau, 17 Apr 1949

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