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Overcoat - Josef Blau, Dark Blue, Wool, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: HT 27946

Dark blue, double-breasted, woollen overcoat made by Josef Blau in Vienna, circa 1930s. It was 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.

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 coat along along with a trunk, is the only surviving item of his migrant belongings.
Dark blue, lined, double-breasted, overcoat made of wool. Pockets on front at hip with flaps. Six black buttons on front; three black buttons at the cuff of each sleeve. Printed label attached on inside at collar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr. Robert Salter, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 1190 mm (Height), 670 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, jewish immigration, luggage, refugees, clothing trade, brought goods, flinders lane rag trade, jewish communities
Themes this item is part of: 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: clothing
Inscriptions: Label: " JOSEF BLAU / WEIN II. / GREDLERSTRASSE 4 "
Place Made: Vienna, Austria, circa 1930s
User: Mr. Robert Salter, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1938

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