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Safe Haven: Records of the Jewish Experience in Australia


1903 – 39

The following records provide information on immigration case files and migrant selection documents for the period before the outbreak of World War II.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, CLASS 3 (NON-BRITISH EUROPEAN MIGRANTS), 1939–50
Canberra
Series: A434
Quantity: 12.27 metres
Recorded by: 1939–1939: Department of the Interior (I) (CA 27); 1939–1945: Department of the Interior (II) (CA 31); 1945–1950: Department of Immigration (CA 51)
J E Nathan – Admission of relatives, 1938–45 A434, 1945/3/773
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, SECOND SYSTEM, 1923–34
Canberra
Series: A458
Quantity: 49.77 metres
Recorded by: 1923–1934: Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Solomon, Henry F, 1933 A458, 2/4/998
GENERAL AND CLASSIFIED CORRESPONDENCE, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1902–
Melbourne
This, the main correspondence series of the Collector of Customs in Melbourne, probably began in 1902 after the passing of the Immigration Restriction Act 1901. The variation in subjects dealt with reflects the changing functions of the Departments of Trade and Customs and Customs and Excise. Functions include immigration restrictions, shipping, prosecutions, exports and imports. Because of extensive culling by the Department, the extant files (up to the 1930s) relate almost exclusively to immigration restriction. No early records have survived, and the earliest date found in subject and name index cards held by Department is 9 April 1923.
Series: B13
Quantity: 54.90 metres
Recorded by: 1902–1985: Collector of Customs, Melbourne (CA 789)
Isaac Landau, Russian deserter, ex 'Hanau', c1922 B13, 1922/16658
Jacob Catz, Palestinian, requests permission to come to Australia, c1923 B13, 1923/8520
Myer Polonsky, wife and 3 children (Russia) arr per s.s. 'Ville de Strasbourg' 22 May 1923, c1923 B13, 1923/9937
Request by Mr Alick Mushin for permission to bring Mr Elie Warhaftig (cousin) to Australia, c1923 B13, 1923/11850
Application by Mr Maurice Patkin for permission to bring members of his family to Australia – no record of arrival, 1924 B13, 1924/15988
Lazor (Lejzor) Goldberg, ex 'Baradine' 23 Nov 1925, deported on same vessel 23 Jan 1926, 1926 B13, 1926/1262
Mrs Sarah Schwartz, Russian, ex 'Hobson's Bay', arr Feb 1927, 1927 B13, 1927/4801
Rev E Kowadlo re permission for the wife of his brother to enter Australia. Mrs Noech Kowadlo arr. Melb per 'Commissaire Raine', Jan 1934, accompanied by husband, 1933–4 B13, 1933/16671
Dr Fritz Loewe and party arr. Melb per 'Strathnaver', March 1937, 1937 B13, 1936/28523
Admission into Australia of Simon Gurewitz and Wulf Gurewitz, brother and nephew of Rabbi [Gurewicz], 1936 B13, 1936/14981
Mr Kurt Rosenthal and wife arr. Melb per 'Irion', Oct 1937, 1937 B13, 1937/9815
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'V' (VICTORIA) PREFIX, 1924–62
Melbourne
Series: B741
Quantity: 29.88 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1946: Investigation Branch, Victoria (CA 907); 1946–1960: Commonwealth Investigation Service, Victoria (CA 916)
Jack Buckstein – Polish Jew, request to sponsor Chaim and Asril Kudinski to Australia [4 pages], 1927 B741, V/3397
Nochum Krivoschow, a Russian Jew, request for his family to come to Australia [4 pages], 1927 B741, V/3408
Isidore Alexander COHEN alias Leonard Meyers – Report on, 1928–47 B741, V/5670
LIST OF PASSPORTS COLLECTED, 1927
Melbourne
The series is a list of passports collected by boarding inspectors under authority of the Immigration Act. Information recorded includes date of collection, number, date and place of issue of passport, name and nationality of migrant, name of ship, date disembarked. Entries include:
Series: MP412/2
Quantity: 0.06 metres
Recorded by: 1927–1927: Collector of Customs, Melbourne (CA 789)
Isaac JOSEPH, British subject, arrived per 'Ballarat' 15 Jan 1927 MP412/2, whole series
Jacob WARSHAWSKY, British subject, arrived (from Jerusalem) per 'Osterley' 28 March 1927 MP412/2, whole series
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS RELATING TO IMMIGRATION RESTRICTION AND PASSPORTS, 1898–1948
Sydney
Most of the files in this series deal with the entry of Chinese immigrants. However, there are occasional files dealing with procedural matters or other immigrants or visitors.
Series: SP42/1
Quantity: 51.12 metres
Recorded by: 1901–1945: Collector of Customs, Sydney (CA 785); 1945–1948: Department of Immigration, NSW Branch (CA 957)
BETROS, Isaac and BETROS, Moses [Correspondence of the Collector of Customs relating to immigration restrictions] [8 pages] [box 7], 1900–04 SP42/1, C1904/1319
ALIEN PASSPORTS AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, 1925–45
Perth
This series consists of passports, identity cards, travel and landing permits, taken from aliens under the Immigration Act.
Series: PP9/4
Quantity: 9.72 metres
Recorded by: 1925–1945: Collector of Customs, WA (CA 808)
BERNSON, Nehouma – Passport and/or Travel documents, 1925 PP9/4, BERNSON, NEHOUMA
EPSTEIN, Edith – Passport and/or travel documents, 1921 PP9/4, EPSTEIN, EDITH
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1918–59
Perth
Series: PP302/1
Quantity: 23.76 metres
Recorded by: 1919–1946: Immigration Branch, WA (CA 908)
Nathan Epstein, 1934 PP302/1, WA4279
Morris Berinson – Form 40 [Immigration], 1921–28 PP302/1, WA1114

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Chapter 3
Immigration Case Files and Migrant Selection Documents