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We are Sailing the Suez Canal on Our Way to Australia

Gina Sinozich2003

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

In 1957 Gina Sinozich and her family fled Communist Croatia as refugees, eventually travelling to Australia on board SS NEPTUNIA. This painting shows the ship travelling through the Suez Canal with four Arab men on shore. NEPTUNIA's voyage opened the artist to new lands such as Egypt, where she bought a souvenir from a vendor selling wares on the banks of the Canal. This is one of a series of 14 paintings completed by the 73 year old artist documenting her personal experience as a Croatian refugee travelling to Australia.

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  • Title: We are Sailing the Suez Canal on Our Way to Australia
  • Creator: Gina Sinozich
  • Date: 2003
  • Location: Sydney
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This painting is representative of the passenger ships that carried European migrants and refugees to Australia following World War II. It highlights ship routes through the Suez Canal and the exposure of passengers to different cultures on the voyage. This painting also represents the personal experience of Croatian refugee and artist Gina Sinozich and her family on board SS NEPTUNIA in 1957.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • Dimensions: 480 x 626 x 45 mm, 1.58 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gina Sinozich

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