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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Travel Certificate for Canada issued to Mrs. Florence Beatrice Morfitt, August 3 1945 (No Restriction) August 3 1945 DI2015.251.3 English

Donated to Pier 21, December 9 2014, by Carol Martin.
Carol Martin's mother Florence Morfitt (née Hunter) immigrated to Canada from England as a War Bride on board RMS Aquitania, arriving at Pier 21 on March 22, 1946 and going onward by train to Edmonton, Alberta to meet her husband Al. Florence and Al met while he was serving in the Second World War in Warnham, England, marrying in 1943. They later settled in Comox Valley, British Columbia.

Transportation ticket issued to the Nielsen family for passage on board SS Stavangerfjord, March 1 1958 (No Restriction) July 24 1957 DI2013.1016.4

Donated to Pier 21, August 12 2006, by Tracie Gordon.
Ernok and Elly Nielsen immigrated to Canada from Denmark with their six children: Harris, 16; Bjarne, 14; Hardy, 12; Regitze, 10; Esben, 8; and Asger, 8. They travelled on board SS Stavangerfjord, arriving at Pier 21 on March 16, 1958. The Nielsen family then travelled by train to Edmonton, Alberta where the family initially worked on Ness Dairy Farm in Camrose. The family then worked on a few more farms until 1960, when Ernok worked on construction until 1966. The family purchased a farm in 1966 in Calmar, where they stayed until 1973 when they purchased a farm southwest of Stony Plan. Ernok and Elly stayed there until 1997, when they retired to Devon.

Transportation ticket issued to Ernok Nielsen, February 28 1958 (No Restriction) February 28 1958 DI2013.1016.5 English, French

Donated to Pier 21, August 12 2006, by Tracie Gordon.
Ernok and Elly Nielsen immigrated to Canada from Denmark with their six children: Harris, 16; Bjarne, 14; Hardy, 12; Regitze, 10; Esben, 8; and Asger, 8. They travelled on board SS Stavangerfjord, arriving at Pier 21 on March 16, 1958. The Nielsen family then travelled by train to Edmonton, Alberta where the family initially worked on Ness Dairy Farm in Camrose. The family then worked on a few more farms until 1960, when Ernok worked on construction until 1966. The family purchased a farm in 1966 in Calmar, where they stayed until 1973 when they purchased a farm southwest of Stony Plan. Ernok and Elly stayed there until 1997, when they retired to Devon.

Transportation License issued to Johannes Overwater, 1923 (No Restriction) 1923 DI2013.1562.11 English

Donated to the Museum by Brent Sedd, September 15 2005
Johannes (John) Overwater was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1895. He departed from Rotterdam, the Netherlands on March 28 1914 and arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 7 1914 on board SS Rijndam. He settled first in Prairie Grove, Manitoba and it seems that he later lived in the United States for a few years before returning to Canada, c. 1922-1925. Documents indicate he lived in Chicago, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio. Johannes married his wife, Martha, on July 24 1925 in Norwood, Manitoba.

Transportation Licence issued to Elsie Turner, February 22 1941 (No Restriction) February 22 1941 DI2013.911.26 English

Donated to Pier 21, October 14 2004, by Marilyn Turner.
After marrying Canadian soldier Frank Turner, Elsie Turner, an English War Bride, arrived in Canada in 1944. Frank re-enlisted in the army in 1951 and the family was posted to many locations throughout Canada and internationally.

Translation of a Letter by Jan Bouma Dutch S2012.942.1 English
Transcript of a Speech concerning the Holocaust by Sofia Dochmacka Bain (Displaced Person) May 5 1951 Jewish S2012.966.1 English
Transcript from an interview with John Halani, February 2014 (No Restriction) DI2014.687.1 English

Donated to the Museum by John Halani on February 22 2014
John Halani was born in Masaka, Uganda, into an Ismaili Muslim family of Indian origin, in 1936. When Ugandan president Idi Amin expelled the country's Asian population in 1972, John and his wife and two children came to Canada as refugees, settling in Vancouver. In 1996, he was appointed the honorary consul for Uganda and has participated in several health initiatives in Uganda in that role. He also remains involved in Vancouver's Ismaili community.

Train ticket issued to Private William Pineo, April 8 1940 (No Restriction) April 8 1940 DI2015.155.18 English

Donated to Pier 21, November 23 1999, by William Pineo.
Second World War veteran William Pineo shipped out for Europe through Pier 21. As the ships were leaving in June 1940, soldiers were serenaded with songs by Gracie Fields. William served in England for five and a half years before returning home. He married British War Bride Pamela (Pam) Pineo in England on December 25, 1943. They moved to William's hometown of Port Alberni in 1945 with their six month old son, Alan, and had a daughter, Linda, two years later. They moved to Nanaimo in 1956 and then to Hawaii in 1964. They returned to Canada in 1973.

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