Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday will mark 67 years since the first migrant ship arrived in the Hunter

From the Maitland Mercury report:
It may be 67 years on but Vitaly (Victor) Lupish, remembers disembarking the MV Fairsea at Newcastle’s Lee Wharf as if it was yesterday.
Aged 14, with no English and eyes as big as saucers, Mr Lupish set foot on Australian soil to begin a journey that would shape the rest of his life.
Friday marks the 67th anniversary of the arrival of the Fairsea which carried 1896 refugees from Europe to Australia. It was the first migrant ship to Newcastle.
Mr Lupish said every year at this time he stops to pause and recall that day he and his family entered a brave new world, a move they would never regret.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, 17 Aug 2016.