- 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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OPEN to public access.
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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."