Collection 1605 - Hay Internment Camp Internee Letters

Handwritten letter from Fritz Johne to Ruth Swann referring to his library work and meeting Ruth ... Handwritten letter from Fritz Johne to Ruth Swann mentioning his library work and the Australian ... Typed letter from Clara Weiss to Ruth Swann requesting for Clara’s son to be released from a Conc... Handwritten letter from Gunter Weiss to Ruth Swann referring to his internment in Britain and Aus... Handwritten letter from Paul Fent to Ruth Swann referring to his wife in Britain and describes ca... Handwritten letter from Paul Fent to Ruth Swann noting the lack of personal belongings in the cam... Handwritten letter from Paul Fent to Ruth Swann thanking her for the English dictionary and indic... Handwritten letter from Richard Ullmann to Mrs Allan mentioning the activities in the camp Handwritten letter from Richard Ullmann to Ruth Swann referring to Richard’s correspondence and h... Report on Visit to the Internment Camp, Hay, N.S.W. 11 November 1940 by Dr E Sydney Morris, Chair...

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Hay Internment Camp Internee Letters


  • 1940-1942 (Creation)

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0.02m; 1 small box

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Letters from internees to Ruth Swan. Report on Internment Camp (1940) by Dr Sydney Morris of the Society of Friends, Sydney.


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Information from Elizabeth Plimer, niece of Ruth Swann:

"The Swann family owned and occupied Elizabeth Farm House, Parramatta (built in 1793 for John Macarthur), from January 1904 until December 1968, a period of 65 years in all. My aunt, Ruth Swann, was one of the leading members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Sydney, and was awarded a scholarship to study at Woodbrooke College, Selly Oak, Birmingham in the late 1930s. Woodbrooke was a Friends' tertiary college, the scholarship was given by English Friends, and was tenable for one year from September 1937.

"While there, Ruth met a number of refugees from Nazi Germany and surrounding countries, mostly Quakers or Jews. Fritz Johne was one of these and is mentioned in Ruth's letters home in 1938. Dr Richard Ullmann was a renowned poet and philosopher, who had already spent some time in Buchenwald concentration camp.

"The Mrs Allan, to whom one of the enclosed letters is addressed, was a well-known member of the Sydney Friends, as was Miss (Margaret) Pierce. These and many other Quakers worked extremely hard to make life bearable for the refugees who were sent out to Australia, as internees, by mistake.

"The remaining content of the letters is self-explanatory."

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