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Trunk - Canvas & Wood, circa 1900s Object Reg. No: HT 2701

Wooden trunk brought out to Australia by Robert Salter, a Jewish refugee who migrated to Australia from Austria, in 1938, just before the German annexation of Austria. Robert had used the trunk in Vienna to carry samples from his father's sportswear manufacturing business, which he managed. In Australia Robert established women's fashion label Elegance and again used the trunk to carry samples of his work while establishing his business.

When Robert arrived in Brisbane on the 'New Zealand' he found that his application for residency had been rejected. However with the help of William Maloney, an MP who befriended him, Robert was finally able to obtain permits for himself, his parents and fiancee. This trunk along along with a coat, is the only surviving item of his migrant belongings.
Painted canvas over timber frame and sides; wooden hoops circling vertical circumference; leather handles and straps; metal clips down two side edges release at two hinge points to enable front to fold down to reveal interior. The interior is lined with striped fabric; metal clothes hanging bar running length of interior with hanging curtain.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr. Robert Salter, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 154 cm (Height), 56 cm (Width), 11.2 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing trade, flinders lane rag trade, jewish immigration, refugees, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, brought goods, luggage, jewish communities
Themes this item is part of: Robert Salter Collection, Robert Salter, Austrian Jewish Migrant & Tailor, 1938, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Plaque on exterior: 'Mr Salter, Wien'.
User: Mr. Robert Salter, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1938
Place Made: Vienna, Austria, circa 1900s

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