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Displaced Persons in Australia or whether to trust archival documents

Just finished reading a very interesting book about Displaced Persons in Australia. ”Displaced Persons” or DPs were people who became stranded in Germany at the end of World War Two …

Charles Gricoli -the plot thickens

There is no question about Charles Russian ancestry but how to prove it? First time I have heard about British Child Migration Scheme was five years ago.  My kids were …

Kartzoff -Medal of Order of Australia – year 1977

If you enter the surname Kartzoff into Trove online library you will get about 18 entries on this surname in 1917. All were about General Kartzoff who was killed in …

Faminsky – a fight against odds

Based on Australian records Aleksandr Alekseevich Faminsky (Александр Алексеевич Фаминский) was born in Nizhny Novgorod around 1897/98.  Nothing is known at this stage about his parents and early childhood.  Australian …

Many lives of Nicholas Boonin

“Fate made Nicholas Boonin a soldier, and then left him without a country to fight for”, starts the The Mail article on 20 December 1924. It tells a story of …

200 year old story – Russian convict in Australia

Most family historians in Australia are proud to have a convict in their family ancestry since modern history of Australia started from convict transportation in 1787. But not many Australians …

Australia through Russian spectacles – year 1910

The newspaper ” Queenslander”  published a very interesting article on 13 August 1910 about the life of Russians in states of NSW and Queensland in Australia.  Apparently there was a …

From Ukraine to Wishing Well shelter at sandy beach of Manly

Have you ever been to Manly and walked along the Promenade?  And if you did, I am sure you have not paid an attention to the little house in the …

A voice is calling – singing ancestors in the family

If you have a singer in the family tree, than this story might be of interest to you.  It is an attempt  to reconstruct the life of a forgotten Russian …

Varvara K – a woman with many names

“A bride at 15: a mother a year later; next a Russian prima donna, and at the same time member of a secret society; then a woman soldier fighting and …

Rimsky-Korsakoff -Refugee in a strange land

Nicholas Korsakoff never dreamed about living his retirement years in Australia.  This was simply not in his plans. I came across his story while browsing the Trove library.  It was …

Russian roots of Randwick Ritz cinema

Randwick Ritz cinema is an iconic cinema loved by the local community and everyone who lives in Eastern suburbs in Sydney. The 1937 building of the cinema was bought by …

Russian burials – Eastern suburbs memorial cemetery, Sydney, Australia

Eastern suburbs memorial cemetery in Sydney, otherwise known as Botany cemetery, is a resting place for nearly 300 Russians.  The first Russians buried here were the refugees, who came to …

A life full of surprises – Klatchko/Klyachko/Клячко

The name of Michael Emmanuilovich Klyachko (Михаил Эммануилович Клячко) was familiar to me through the database of Russian Anzacs.  His arrival to Australia and participation in World War I took …

Russian German genealogy – the case of one surname

Waldemar Franz von Kroeber arrived to Australia in 1909 and 6 years later fought in the World War I as an Anzac.  I have found him and his short life …

Russian Princess from Australia

How many Australian-born Princesses do you know? If the answer is one, than you are wrong.  Crown Princess of Denmark, born  Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, became the Princess in 2004, but …

Lydia Mortill – files from RGALI archive

Remember the story of Lydia Mortill? Two weeks after publishing the first article about her I have contacted the RGALI (Russian State Archive of Literature and Art) and obtained a …

What’s in the name – Ludmilla?

There is a suburb in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia called by the Russian name Ludmilla.  This is the story of Ludmilla Holtze, but most importantly of her family. Holtze family …

Russian Wharf in Launceston

My last holidays were spent in Tasmania, driving around the little island at the end of the earth.  It is a beautiful place with amazing nature and mouth-watering local produce. …

Life and times of Anatol Kagan

After many years of research I came to conclusion that anyone born in Imperial Russia at the end of 20th century or at the beginning of 21th century was part …