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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Voucher issued to Feliks Maziarski, April 1 1949 (No Restriction) April 1 1949 DI2014.563.3 English

Donated to Pier 21, June 10 2007, by Christopher Maziarski.
Christopher (Krzysztof) Maziarski immigrated to Canada with his parents, arriving at Pier 21 on April 4, 1949. His parents were born in Poland and left after the Second World War. They met and married in Scotland where Christopher was born. They settled in Hamilton, Ontario.

Vaccination Certificate issued to Olive Wells, July 14 1965 (No Restriction) July 14 1965 DI2015.154.16 English, French

Donated to Pier 21, March 5 2015, by Beverly Wells.
Beverly Wells' mother, Olive Wells, immigrated to Canada from England as a War Bride with her son Gord to join her husband Bill in Montreal. They arrived at Pier 21 on board SS Drottningholm in August 1945. Olive and Bill met while he was in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, married and went on to have eight children.

Vaccination Booklet issued by the Department of National Health and Welfare Canada to Mrs. Olive May Wells, April 17 1958 (No Restriction) April 17 1958 DI2015.154.15 English, French

Donated to Pier 21, March 5 2015, by Beverly Wells.
Beverly Wells' mother, Olive Wells, immigrated to Canada from England as a War Bride with her son Gord to join her husband Bill in Montreal. They arrived at Pier 21 on board SS Drottningholm in August 1945. Olive and Bill met while he was in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, married and went on to have eight children.

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration certificate issued to Boris Afanasiew, December 31 1946 (No Restriction) December 31 1946 DI2015.568.7 English

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2009, by Victor Afanasiev.
Victor Afanasiev's family lived in White Russia (now Belarus) until they were displaced by the Second World War. They came to Canada as Displaced Persons on board SS Volendam, arriving in Quebec on July 21, 1951. Victor donated his father Boris' papers.

Unemployment Insurance Commission identification card issued to Boris Afanasiew, July 25 1951 (No Restriction) July 25 1951 DI2015.568.4 English

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2009, by Victor Afanasiev.
Victor Afanasiev's family lived in White Russia (now Belarus) until they were displaced by the Second World War. They came to Canada as Displaced Persons on board SS Volendam, arriving in Quebec on July 21, 1951. Victor donated his father Boris' papers.

Traveller's Cheques issued to Henri Mekkelholt, February 19 1951 (No Restriction) February 19 1951 DI2013.1684.18 English

Donated to Pier 21, August 8 2006, by Henri Mekkelholt.
Henri Mekkelholt immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands on February 20, 1951. He arrived at Pier 21 on board SS Washington and later settled in Quebec. Henri was sponsored by his brother, a priest who came to Canada to increase his community. In 1953, Henri married a girl from Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, Quebec. He worked for Ogilvie before retiring in 1984 and buying a farm in the town of Granby in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Travel document issued to Matteo Orlando, 1961 March 27 1961 DI2017.274.14 Italian

Donated to the Museum by Maria Guarraci on July 14 2008
The Orlando family emmigrated from Italy to Canada in 1961.

Travel document from the International Refugee Organization issued to Julija Lietuvninkas and her two daughters, 1948 (No Restriction) October 1 to November 1 1948 DI2015.175.2 English

Donated to Pier 21, December 6 2013, by Vida Lietuvninkas and Roma Pingitore.
Vida Lietuvninkas and Roma Pingitore (née Lietuvninkas) immigrated to Canada from Germany with their parents, Vincas and Julija Lietuvninkas, on board SS Marine Flasher, arriving at Pier 21 in November 1948. The sisters were both born in Displaced Persons camps in Germany after their parents fled their native Lithuania in 1944 to escape the advancing Russian army at the close of the Second World War. While intending to settle in Saskatchewan, the Lietuvninkas got off the train in Montreal and ended up staying there as they had no money to get back on the train.

Travel Certificate for Canada issued to Olive Wells, June 5 1945 (No Restriction) June 5 1945 DI2015.154.4 English

Donated to Pier 21, March 5 2015, by Beverly Wells.
Beverly Wells' mother, Olive Wells, immigrated to Canada from England as a War Bride with her son Gord to join her husband Bill in Montreal. They arrived at Pier 21 on board SS Drottningholm in August 1945. Olive and Bill met while he was in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, married and went on to have eight children.

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