Duldig Studio – Museum and Sculpture Garden

80th Anniversary Event: arrival of the Queen Mary in Australia

"Laugh but don't Forget"

Duldig Studio – museum + sculpture garden is hosting a public webinar to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the arrival of the Queen Mary in Australia.  

On the 18th of September, 1940, a converted troopship, formerly the luxury passenger liner, the Queen Mary, departed Singapore for Australia. On board were 266 people, originally German, Austrian and Italian refugee families, many Jewish, who had been designated ‘enemy aliens’ by the British Government at the outbreak of the war. Little did the passengers know that, despite assurances to the contrary, on arrival they would be interned ‘behind barbed wire’ in Tatura, Victoria. 

The docking of the Queen Mary in Sydney on the 25th September 1940, was widely reported in the press, and the stories of these ‘enemy alien’ refugees will now be told by survivors and their descendants in a once only online event organised to celebrate the 80th anniversary of their arrival in Australia. 

The celebration is open to all and will be moderated by Dr Seumas Spark, Monash University and co-author of the acclaimed publication ‘Dunera Lives Profiles’. This book lists 221 men, women and children sent to Australia on the Queen Mary as well as ten children who were born in internment. 

Thursday 24th September 2020, 3.00pm - 4.30pm (including Q&A)

Cost: $5 

Moderator: Dr Seumas Spark, Monash University & co-author of Dunera Lives: A Visual History (2018) and Dunera Lives: Profiles (2020)

All guest speakers are Queen Mary internees or their direct descendants and include:

  • Jennifer Huppert, President, Jewish Community Council of Victoria 
  • Rabbi Ronnie Figdor OAM, CEO, St Kilda Hebrew Congregation
  • Jayne Josem, Museum Director, Jewish Holocaust Centre
  • Professor George Fink, Professorial Research Fellow, Florey Institute; Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne
  • Janet Arndt, Dunera Association
  • Eva de Jong-Duldig, Founder, Duldig Studio - museum + sculpture garden


Lyndel Wischer - Museum Director 

Email: director@duldig.org.au; Mobile: 0404 078 105

Duldig Studio: 03 9885 3358; Website: duldig.org.au


Dunera Lives: Profiles  - Published by Monash University Publishing, 2020

By Ken Inglis, Bill Gammage, Seumas Spark and Jay Winter with Carol Bunyan

Dunera Lives: A Visual History - Published by Monash University Publishing, 2018

By Ken Inglis, Bill Gammage, Seumas Spark and Jay Winter with Carol Bunyan

Cost: RRP $39.95 each or $69.95 for the two volume bundle buy - Attendees can purchase Dunera Lives publications at a 20% discount through Monash University Publishing. A link and discount code will be supplied after registration.

Header image: Ludwig Meilich, 'Laugh and Forget', 1941. Collection Miriam Gould.

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Thursday 24 September, 2020
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