Saturday, October 6, 2018

How A Young Man From War-Torn Germany Found His Utopia On The Other Side Of The World Part Three

"It's been a long while till I'll see you again..." these words were hautingly beautiful when I heard them today and I sadly remembered that on this day eleven years father passed away, suddenly. There were no goodbyes, in an instant he was on his next journey, without me. We had shared a unique experience back in 1975/76 when we visited the area of his birth Bamberg, Germany. (Discussed in Part One). He shared with me, then, a lot of his experience as a young boy growing up in Bamberg, Germany.

However, part of his story, that he didn't share with me, has been the nature of my research for the past two years. It's taken a while, because of my health and the lack of information that I've been able to find. But today, I think it's time to tell the rest of what I've found...if you missed the second part, or need to refresh your it is

Once Arno arrived and had cleared all the immigration details in Fremantle, He was then taken to Holden Migrant Holding Centre/Camp for processing.  The centre was located 96km (60 miles) from Perth and The Department of Immigration was responsible for the camp.

Alien Registration. 

Due to the World Wars, the Australian Government at this time, required all non-British immigrants to be registered. Alien registration forms may include: Name of Ship, Date of and Port of Arrival into Australia. Date and Place of Birth. Occupation, marital Status, a physical description, or a photograph, and, place of residence and in some instances who the employer was.

Luckily for me, my mother pulled down from storage, some papers of Dad's, and inside the stash of paperwork, was a 'gold nugget', a piece of my Dad's history, that I had never seen before...his "Certificate of Registration.

Certificate of Registration 

Within this 'passport' type document, is a wealth or treasure trove of information, that opened up a huge puzzle for me...
What I found was so joyous, as I knew nothing about those early years...I had it totally wrong...wrong...wrong...!!!  So the whole purpose of recording this story is so I can get it into a timeline and correct all the misconceptions that I had and replace them with facts.

Personal Information & Ship Arrival Details

Arno arrived in Fremantle on the 18 October 1953. I couldn't imagine what his first impression of Australia could have been.  So, I did what any researcher would do...I went there.  It took me longer than I imagined, but to stand at the spot where my father, with his battered brown suitcase arrived by himself in a foreign country, not able to speak a word of bought tears to my eyes and a big lump to my throat...

Fremantle Immigration Wharf

Fremantle Immigration Wharf

Fremantle Immigration Wharf

 Wharf at Fremantle - Where Immigrants Arrived in 1953

Immigration Museam, Fremantle, Western Australia

I can only imagine Dad's first thoughts...Where do I get a beer???  I also think that if he could have, he would have found the nearest pub and had his first Aussie Beer...
National Hotel, Fremantle

Instead, he was taken by train, directly from the wharf and leaving late in the night traveling to 'HOLDEN' which was stamped in large red letters in his Certificate of Registration, arrived in the early hours of the next day.With the arrival of the train in Northam, they were quickly transported aboard a bus and taken to the Holden camp. Where they were given a hot meal, and allocated quarters. 

His paperwork was issued in Perth on 20 October 1953. He was a tall strapping lad 6' 4" (195 cm), so he probably wasn't going to be sitting around for long waiting for work.  The Migrant Camp was rough and ready. Huts had been transfered from the Army Camp in Northam to the Holden Migration Camp, in Northam. Where the newly arrived immigrants were assigned employment. 

Source: Trove 
West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Monday 19 September 1949, page 8 (Accessed 07 Oct 2018)

Information about meals at Holden Camp
Source: Trove Northam Advertiser (WA : 1895 - 1918; 1948 - 1955), Friday 10 July 1953, page 1

West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), Monday 30 August 1954, page 3

With his skills, as an electrician (Arno, had immigrated as an unskilled labourer in the Australian Government Assisted Passage scheme), he was quickly snapped up to work (as a labourer) for the Kwinana Construction Group, in Kwinana, on 26 October 1953. He was involved in the work of the construction of the largest oil refinerery.The Kwinana Refinery, operated by BP, is located on the shore of Cockburn Sound at Kwinana, near Fremantle, Western Australia. It was constructed by the then Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and completed in 1955. It is the largest oil refinery in Australia, with a capacity of 138,000 barrels per day (source: Wikipedia).


In July 1954 Arno was working in Rockingham and living in Smythe Street. Then in January 1955 we find that he is working for the Public Works Department in Broome, Western Australia. It's here where Armo is told that to get his electrical qualifications, his best option is to go to Victoria, where the licencing will give him the ability to use his licence in other states of Australia. Since his best friend Theo Kello is now living in Melbourne, he boards a ship and arrives in Melbourne in August of 1955.  Living at 13 Princess Terrace, St Kilda, Victoria.

In Part Four, I will cover the final chapter of Arno's life and we will finally get to find how a young man from war-torn Germany, found his Utopia on the other side of the world.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Daniel Frank Kelly


1886 - 1916

'No Known Grave'

Photo supplied by Maggie Goss

   Daniel Frank Kelly was born in November 1886 in Sebastian, Victoria, Australia. 


The eldest child and son of Michael Kelly and Margaret Mary Mulvahill, Daniel was a hard working lad and was working as a Butcher at A W Brown Butcher Marong, Victoria, Australia, in 1913.  He was also involved in the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society (HACBS) a church based support network that had been established by Irish immigrants.
By 1914 as the clouds of world war one were rumbling in Europe, Daniel was living and working in Raywood, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia and Daniel was still working as a butcher.

War broke out on the 28 July 1914,when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo.The Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia on 1 August 1914.

      He didn't rush off for the 'adventure of a life time', he waited until the stories of great battles were being reported in the newspapers of the day and finally signed up on the 12 July 1915, 'The Great War' had been going at that time for nearly a year. He was 28 years & 9 months old, 5' 9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair and 'clean shaven'.  At that time he had been working for A W Brown Butcher Marong, Victoria for three years. He would have been considered an ideal candidate for the armed forces because of his 'stable' work history.

His service number was 3049 and he was assigned to Depot Coy 51, 6th Battalion Infantary AIF 10/6 Reinforcement, Firstly as a Private and then Lance Corporal on 4 August 1916 when he was serving in France.

He proceeded to join the british expeditionary forces 26 March 1916 at Alexandria, then disembarked at Marsailles from the HMAT Ballarat.

Daniel was involved in the Battle of Pozières 23 July 1916 to 7 August 1916 which involvedmany battalions and divisions (see
He was listed as Wounded and Mission' on the 15 August 1916. His mother continued to write to the AIF and request information about the where abouts of her son...

 A Court of Enquiry was held on the 29 June 1917 where evidence was put forward to explain what had happened to Daniel Frank Kelly. It was stated that Daniel had been killed 15th August 1916, cause of death, 'Killed in Action' Place of burial - 'Particulars not yet to hand'.

Eventually details filtered back to Australia and Fr O'Carroll of Marong, through the Defence department and they were published.

It wasn't until the Red Cross investigated that more details and the following came to light during these investigations:


The results of these investigations shows that Daniel Frank Kelly was buried in the little cemetary to the right of the Chalk Pits in Sausage Gully, Pozières. He was hit in the back sitting in the reserve trench, whilst waiting to go into the trenches in Confirmation Wood (Eye witness report of W. Livingstone & Charles Stavely)

This ANZAC Day 

we remember 

Daniel Frank Kelly 1886 - 15 August 1916.

[1], Public Member Trees (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2006),, Database online. Record for Daniel Frank Kelly.
[2], Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2010),, Record for Daniel Kelly.
[3], Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2015),, Record for Daniel Frank Kelly.
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[4], Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2010),, Record for Daniel Frank Kelly.
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[5], Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2010),, Record for Daniel Frank Kelly.
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