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Hay Internment camp, Australia: camp magazine

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1556 WL 862
Held at: Wiener Library
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Full title: Hay Internment camp, Australia: camp magazine
Date(s): [1941]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 folder
Name of creator(s): Hay Internment camp, Australia


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Hay internment camp was located outside of the town of Hay in the Riverina district of southern New South Wales. It was constructed in 1940. The first arrivals were 2036 Jewish internees from Nazi Germany and Austria - mostly professionals who had simply fled for their lives - along with 451 German and Italian POWs. They were transported from England on-board the HMT Dunera, and they became known as 'the Dunera Boys,' which was applied, in particular to the Jewish refugees.

The refugees (and POWs) were transported to Hay via train and then placed in the camps behind barbed wire. They remained active, holding physical education courses and concerts, teaching the children and printing their own money.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to Hay Internment camp, New South Wales, Austrlia, [1941] comprising a copy of Boomerang magazine, including articles from inmates on topics such as the Pioneer Corps, a commentary on the internment of aliens, health in the camp, teaching languages and the camp debating society, 1941 and woodcut image of Camp Hay, New South Wales, 1940s.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Detailed description on the Wiener Library's online catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Two separate accessions.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Jewish Central Information Office

Allied Materials

Related material:

See Wiener Library Document Collections: 741, 1076, 1233 for further material on the Hay Camp for refugees.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Mar 2008

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