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Dunera affair

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 1176
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Dunera affair
Date(s): 1940, 1979-1987
Level of description: Collection level (fonds)
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Dunera, a military transport ship, transported over 2000 internees from the UK to Australia in 1940 and was used to transport German and Austrian immigrants to Australia during this period.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Dunera affair, 1940, 1979-1987, relate to the situation of the German and Austrian immigrants sent to Australia and notably include a memorandum sent from Internees Camp Office, No 7 Camp, Eastern Command to the High Commission for the UK, Canberra, setting out their grievances, 1940; letter regarding Julian Layton's activities as member of the Refugee Committee in the Jewish Chronicle, 1979; a history of the Australian Jewish Welfare Society with covering note to Julian Layton, 1981 and articles notably regarding the Dunera, particularly concerning 'Dunera Boys'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in original order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Finding aids:

A detailed description exists on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Papers were originally in the possession of Julian Layton, a former co-ordinator of efforts to help Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
March 2008

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