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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives May 1 1951, Page 3

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - May 1, 1951, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Queen Mother interested in convention o or majesty Queen Mary was a a most interested to receive reports of the Jubilee citizenship convention. In a letter to mrs. F. G. Kumm National president of the Owca who sent a copy of the convention programme to the Quern a lady in waiting said the Queen was deeply interested in Reading of All that had been accomplished in Canberra throughout the convention. Her majesty has never forgotten her wonderful tour in Australia with the late King and cherishes the memory of it As among her happiest and most fruitful recollections the letter stated. 10 child Ren in dutch family when dutch Carpenter or. J. Van Duin reached Sydney in the motor vessel Siwajak with his wife and 10 children newspaper reporters meeting the ship began checking on whether his was the largest family yet to reach Australia from the Netherlands. But or. Van Duin s Large family is beaten by at least one other family from Hollands the family of 40-year-old Hendrik Gulikers which includes the parents and 13 children. Mrs. Van Duin told reporters that caring for her Large family on the voyage had been a big business. I washed faces and hands Between 60 and 70 times a Day she said. Wanted More or. Slakes the following taken from 1 the Stuart weekly the Romeo Sheet published by the migrants at the Centre at Stuart Queensland Speaks for itself every now and then you meet people who show genuine interest not Only in their fellow australians but also in the migrant who comes to this country. So a pure Chance meeting of one of the youngsters of out Centre Helmut Stoer with or. Blake of Townsville led to the invitation of the former to spend a week end with the Blakes. H Kruk of Stuart \ Nad a similar invitation for the following week end. Stretching out a Friendly hand and opening the House certainly u the easiest Way to open the migrants hearts and make them m at Home. More or. Blakes Are my pick of the month of the numerous Good Neighbour stories received this month this is my Choice As the Best. J ack was a clerk in a government office in Canberra. The room he worked in was right alongside the typing Pool and morning and afternoon Tea was on a Community basis. That was How he come to meet Joan the British migrant i typist. They got to talking and it was t Long before Jack s wife invited Joan to visit them. The girls got on Well together and soon Joan was a regular visitor. When Jack and his wife wanted to go to the pictures Joan was always Happy to come and baby sit for them. Joan fell in love with Australia and wanted her Young brother to join her. He was a Farmer in Wales but he needed a nominator to enable him to travel under the assisted passages scheme. Jack said that maybe he could arrange something. He had a brother on the land in Queensland. He could and soon Joan s brother was in Australia working on Jack s brother s farm. Well that s about All there is to the Story except this. Last week Jack s wife received a letter from Joan. She s working in Perth so that she can see More of her new land. Joan wrote to say she was homesick. Homesick for Britain no homesick for the Friendship of Jack and his wife homesick for Jack s Little boy for whom she used to baby sit homesick for a most unassuming and quite Ordinary family who in a most unassuming and quite Ordinary Way proved themselves to be Good neigh Bours. The editor new australian sings Lead in Aida a new australian Era est Marshaus Timber worker by Day won distinction when he Sang opposite world famous australian Soprano Marjorie Lawrence in a performance of Verdi s Aida recently. Aida was presented by the Melbourne National theatre during the arts festival commemorating the Centenary of Victoria and the Jubilee of the Commonwealth. Marshaus a robust Tenor took the leading male role of Rhadames. He had been rising daily at 5.30 . To learn the English libretto. Marshaus said he was Hon poured to sing with Marjorie Lawrence whom he considered the world s Foremost Singer. He thought it would be his Best role in opera and Hopes later to be attached permanently to the National theatre opera company. Marshaus who came to Australia a Little under two years ago has Sung in opera at Lubeck Germany. During the festival Marshaus has been under studying Van Dixon English Tenor. Marshaus during performances in Aida other than that in which he took the Lead ing role has been Leader of the priests chorus which was composed of 20 latvians the latvian choir was discovered by or. Schildberger conductor with the National theatre. It had been giving performances in Melbourne and the singing reminded or. Schildberger of the Don Cossack choir so he took them and trained 20 of them for not Only did he teach them the music of the opera and movements on stage but he also had to teach All of them the English before they could take their parts. Problems As two As vital now years ago Good Neighbours 9 patriotic work assimilation problems were As vital today As thay were two years ago the National coordinator of voluntary assimilation activities or. J. T. Massey told delegates at the coordinating committee meeting of Good Neighbour councils and a settlers leagues in Sydney last month. H2 said these were mainly problems of accommodation language difficulties and differing traditions. Dix said or. Massey u ,. / tie assimilation problems Are being tackled Reso iut Cly by Many thousands of australian men and women in Church and voluntary Ora he said the Good Neighbour movement was one that com mended itself at Oner to All thinking people and which proved attractive to All classes of society when their attention was j drawn to it. J. This is a movement that Isis concerned with the development of our country he added. As such it is a patriotic movement. But it is More than that j although it is not concerned with any one religion the principles upon which it is based Are Basic to All religions. As such the Good Neighbour movement is a religious movement. It is a cultural movement because of the efforts it makes in merging the age old cultures that our newcomers have brought with the More vigorous and younger culture that is or. Massey said that assimilation committees throughout Australia should remember that it was their function to bring help and Friendship to All newcomers irrespective of the countries they had come from. It is not our Job to say who will come Here he said. That s the Job of our government. When we find newcomers in our midst whether they come from Britain Germany Italy or anywhere else it is our express task to work Tow aus their Happy assimilation into our Bathurst sponsors Eisteddfod prize Bathurst Eisteddfod officials have been heartened by the offer of migrants at Bathurst Centre to sponsor the operatic aria at this year s listed Difoyd. Prize Money of �235 is awarded in this contest. The migrants will raise the Money by staging concerts cabarets and u other entertainments. The president of the Eisteddfod Aid. Parnham said the assistance was wonderful and would help the society immensely. The Secretary or. Larson Aid the gesture was evidence of the desire of the migrants to become Good australian citizens it was All the More worthy because the migrants knew that the contest was open Only to British Artistes. i i Iii i i i ii ii a meet a new Australia Kazimiras Miel a v Days is typical of the Many new australian professional men who served out their contract in directed employment and then returned to their professions. A Kaunas architect or. Mill Days became an instructor in mathematics in a displaced persons Camp in Europe where he was selected for Australia in 1947 an d a $ aboard the first transport bringing new australians the general Heintzelman in november of that year. He was placed in employment in a Quarry and worked out his contract time in that occupation. When his contract expired he joined the architectural Branch of the victorian railways where he has made Many friends and has settled in Well with the australian Community. His work is directed towards the preparation of plans for railway improvements and constructional de Igns. Are you doing n p m r w j i jul i i Misof m Ai at the Jubilee citizenship convention in january delegates adopted a wide variety of resolutions aimed at assisting the assimilation of migrants into the Community. The Commonwealth is giving attention to those resolutions which it has been asked to implement. But there were Many resolutions calling for activity on the part of voluntary organisations the churches and other Public bodies. Below we publish two such resolutions and ask Are you doing anything to help along these lines Resolution that each Church and organisation a Industrial voluntary or otherwise publishing a journal should be requested to include a Good Neighbour column for the Benefit of to members and migrants. The value of this suggestion is self evident. Already some organisations have adopted the idea. The Large majority however have not. To editors who May be wondering whether they would be Able to find material to fill such a column in their journals we would say remember that any material published in the Good Neighbour May be republished by you with or without acknowledgement. Likewise without charge we will Supply you with stereos of by blocks appearing in the let the Good Neighbour help you implement the convention Resolution and Start your Good Neighbour column. Resolution that voluntary organisations should urge migrants to attend the English classes provided for them and endeavour to increase their knowledge of English by personal Contact with australians. In its monthly newspapers the department of immigration continually publishes reminders to migrants about facilities provided to help them learn the language. Good Neighbours will know hat continuation classes can be arranged wherever six or More migrants wish to attend classes. The local school master will arrange them. Correspondence courses can be obtained by migrants who Are Unble to attend classes. These can e arranged through the Commonwealth office of education in Sydney or universities commission offices at the University in ther states. There Are also broadcast engish lessons
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