We Arrive in Melbourne

Gina Sinozich2003

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

The Sinozich family left Italy on board SS NEPTUNIA as Croatian refugees on 19 June 1957 docking in Melbourne, Australia on 16 August 1957. On arrival they boarded a train for the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre in rural Victoria, carrying their limited possessions - three suitcases and no personal family mementoes or photographs. This painting, by Gina Sinozich, shows passengers disembarking from the vessel, including the four members of the Sinozich family who are identified by their marked suitcases.

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  • Title: We Arrive in Melbourne
  • Creator: Gina Sinozich
  • Date: 2003
  • Location: Sydney
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This painting is representative of the arrival of European migrant ships to Australia during the 1950s and 1960s. It also provides an insight into the personal experiences of the artist Gina Sinozich, a Croatian migrant, on board SS NEPTUNIA as it docked in Melbourne on 16 August 1957.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • Dimensions: 603 x 900 mm, 2 mm, 1.54 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gina Sinozich