These are powerful stories that define Tasmanian migrant history. There were turbulent years in the migrants’ lives as the storm clouds of Europe after WW II left European countries in ashes and ruin. People mourned for their lost families and children who had been sent away. Many left behind European war-torn cities, captures and escapes, forced marches, work camps and underground dangers. For some there was no turning back.
Nine nationalities are represented here and included is one Polish soldier’s story of fighting in the desert side-by-side with the Australians at Tobruk.
The author’s detective work produces some interesting facts about the island and its people. Letters documents and interviews, and in some cases, unusual research have been used. Some of the material has not surfaced before.
Many of these migrants endured appalling trials to call Tasmania home and this book records their place in Tasmanian history.
TASMANIA – an island far away (migrant stories) ... by Marilyn Quirk .
Published June 2010 Regal Press – Launceston.
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GENRE: Biographical, historical. 290 pages
Many photograph and maps.
ISBN: 1 876261 54 4
The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance from Hydro Tasmania and George Otlwoski to bring this book to publication.