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The Story of The Dunera Boys
Hired Military Transport Dunera was a British passenger ship built as a troop transport in the late 1930s. As the storm clouds of war gathered in the late 1930s, thousands of German refugees – either Jewish or politically opposed to the Nazis – fled to Britain for sanctuary.
Little did many of them know they would soon be deported to Australia in one of the more notorious incidents in British maritime history, later described by Winston Churchill as “a deplorable mistake”. As a wave of fear over a German invasion gripped the nation at the start of World War II, thousands of foreign nationals were kicked out over fears that they might be enemy spies They were put on the ship HMT Dunera, which had a capacity of 1,600 including the crew. It set sail from Liverpool 79 years ago on 10 July 1940, without the passengers – later known as the Dunera Boys – knowing where they were going. Read More
Recent Dunera Reunions
Reflecting on my 16th trip to a Hay Dunera reunion, I could not help but reminisce about previous such occasions in Hay. The journey to Hay is obviously the same each year, yet I marvel at the changing landscape from the undulating […]
Twenty-five people attended the reunion at the Sydney Jewish Museum, including Rachel Travers and Julie Lippmann, widows of Dunera Boys Walter Travers and Henry Lippmann. Sydney committee member John Ebert opened the event, welcoming all and especially the first- time visitors. Peter Felder reported on the […]
A highly successful visit to Tatura was held on 15 April 2018. About 25 Dunera members and friends gathered, on a blustery autumn day, at the Tatura World War II Wartime Camps Museum. Sadly there were no Dunera Boys in attendance. While […]