Our Lecture Room in the Ship Neptunia

Gina Sinozich2003

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This painting by Gina Sinozich shows an English lesson being given to refugees on board the liner SS NEPTUNIA as it travels from Genoa, Italy to Melbourne, Australia in 1957. The artist, her husband Eugen and their two children Gina and Eugen, attended weekly English classes on board the steamship to prepare themselves for their new life in Australia. Here they are shown sitting in the class and are identifiable by the initials E and G.

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  • Title: Our Lecture Room in the Ship Neptunia
  • Creator: Gina Sinozich
  • Date: 2003
  • Location: Sydney
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This painting represents one of the many challenges post World War II migrants and refugees faced on coming to Australia - learning the language of their new homeland. It is also a personal record of Gina Sinozich's story as a displaced Croatian refugee travelling to Australia on board SS NEPTUNIA in 1957.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • Dimensions: 460 x 605 mm, 2 mm, 0.76 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gina Sinozich


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