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Keys - Trunk, circa 1900s Object Reg. No: HT 2701 1

Two keys for 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.
Two rusted metal keys. Plain flat metal, round-shaped one end and key slots at other end.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr. Robert Salter, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20 mm (Width), 47 mm (Length)

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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: luggage
User: Mr. Robert Salter, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1938
Place Made: Vienna, Austria, circa 1900s

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