Sale Migrant Camp

    West Sale memorial unveiled


    Wikipedia - Post-war immigration to Australia
    West Sale Migrant Memorial Concert - Listen to this Segment

    See below extract for the website

    The West Sale Migrant Holding Centre was located at the disused RAAF Base in Fulham between 1949 & 1953.
    It provided accommodation for women & children while their respective husbands worked & lived at work camp sites
    across Gippsland.

    Over 700 families displaced by the war in Europe called West Sale home. Until this decade there were virtually no formal
    local records of this facility existing as well as a generally low wider community awareness. Given that most of these migrants
    settled in Gippsland & have made significant economic, cultural & spiritual contributions, it was felt that a formal
    acknowledgment would be appropriate.

    The project began in 1999 with a reunion for those who stayed in West Sale & their descendants. This was a healing
    & joyful occasion for many.

    In 2002 the West Sale Heritage festival was staged at the site of the former camp. It attracted over 4000 people from
    across the state & overseas. The history of the site & its people was documented & a book published in 2002 - Titled
    “We came with nothing” by Ann Synan and a radio series called “Footprints In The Tar” by yours truly. The book and
    the radio series received the Victorian Community History award in Victoria for 2003.

    The centrepiece of the project was to establish a permanent memorial in West Sale to those who contributed so much
    locally & wider Victoria.

    West Sale Migrant Memorial Project publicly recognises the contributions made in the development of Gippsland by migrants
    who came to the area in the 1950s, following World War Two.

    Now the driving force behind the project Don Santowiak is at it again - this time with a commemorative concert planned
    for the 18th March.

    If you’d like to put your name on the list for the concert - give Don a call on 5135 9517

    I have just spoken to two people who were involved heavily in the construction of the memorial. They are posting a book
    which they wrote about the Sale Migrant Camp.

    NOTE: they say in the article above, that the Air Force Base was disused – however, while I was there it was a fully
    operational air force base. I remember watching the planes with my father under a row of very tall pine trees.

    I have attached two photographs:

    Sale Foot Bridge Click to enlarge
    My father, the tallest on the bridge , As Refugees they were contracted for two Years to build bridges, culverts etc in Gippsland for the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

    Sale Michael 3 years oldClick to enlarge
    Passport photograph of me with the Refugee stamp in Germany at a British Camp.

Radio Broadcast relating to the opening of the Memorial 
Listen to this Segment

Michael Karaszkewycz

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