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Jonas Mockunas
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Jonas Zeleniakas
An earlier post [click link here] featured Kazys Brazauskas ('Key Braz', 1898-1980) who had served as a volunteer in Lithuania's independence movement after WW1 and settled in Australia from 1927.  A very similar path was followed by Jonas Zeleniakas ('John...

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Nineteenth and early twentieth century migration
Another recently published book is a great source for understanding the context of early Lithuanian emigration. The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World by Tara Zahra (2016, W.W. Norton and Company) deals with...

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Anzacs from Ukraine: Part 2
We know that some emigrants from Lithuania also made their way to Australia via the Far East before the First World War in parallel with those from Ukraine described by Elena Govor in her 2017 book Falling Stars : an earlier blog post linked here lists exam...

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Anzacs from Ukraine: Part 1
A new book appeared earlier this year which I think would be of value to anyone interested in late nineteenth/early twentieth century migration from the former Russian empire to Australia. Dr Elena Govor's Falling Stars: the story of Anzacs from Ukraine is ...

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Ignotas Laurinavičius 1827-1917
Ignotas was my paternal greatgrandfather who died 100 years ago, on 2 June 1917. As a young man he experienced serfdom (it was not abolished in that part of czarist Lithuania until the early 1860s), then worked as a forester or forestry warden. He married M...

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Jonas Mockunas 1917-1975; a birth centenary
February 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of my father's birth.  Here are some photos and a few facts about his life to mark that occasion.   Kaunas, c1936  Jonas Mockūnas snr grew up in the independent republic of Lithuania between the Firs...

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Earlier arrivals and post-WW2 migrants
When the USS General Stuart Heintzelman docked at Fremantle in November 1947 with the first transport of displaced Balts to Australia those on board had little or no knowledge of what lay ahead for them. Contacts with earlier arrivals, in particular from th...

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The First Balts to Canberra
'First Balts to Canberra' was the title of a talk given by Ann Tundern-Smith to the Canberra and District Historical Society on 14 February 2017.  The talk focussed on the first large group of non-British European migrants to reach Canberra in 1947.  It rep...

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Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians
Neighbouring Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are often collectively called the 'Baltic States '. By Hayden120 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons While the three ...

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Arrivals from England
England was the intermediate point for possibly the largest number of early Lithuanian-born migrants arriving in Australia. Many sailed from British ports having spent a shorter or longer period in England during the late 1800s or the early 1900s. Most stop...
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