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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Photograph of the Zwaagstra family plaque on the Wall of Honour at the Museum, circa 2000s (No Restriction) 2000s DI2010.20.59 English

Donated to Pier 21, April 17 2010, by George Zwaagstra.
George (Sjouke) Zwaagstra immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with his younger brother, Broer, and his parents, Sjouke Sr. and Anna Zwaagstra, on board MV Georgic, arriving at Pier 21 on April 27, 1951. George's older brother, Pier, who had immigrated to Canada in 1950, met the family in Halifax. George first found work on a farm, then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photograph of the Zavarella family in Halifax, 1968 1968 DI2017.34.29

Donated to the Museum by Luigia, Nunziata, and Maria Zavarella, November 28 2009
Luigi Zavarella was born in Pratola, Italy in 1945 and his sister, Nunziata (Tina) Di Benedetto, was born in 1940. They immigrated to Canada with their father, Giovanni Zavarella, after their mother passed away in March 1959. They arrived at Pier 21 on November 30 1959 on board SS Conte Biancamano. They were met by their older sisters, Domenica and Concetta. Domenica arrived in 1958, sponsored by Concetta who arrived in 1956 with her son, Rocco, to join her husband, Giovanni Cianfaglione. They settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Domenica and Tina worked at the Halifax Infirmary and Luigi found work as a barber. He worked at various barbershops, and later worked at Saint Mary's University for 19 1/2 years. Tina's husband arrived in Canada on September 26 1960 and they were married on October 8 1960. Luigi married his childhood sweetheart, Maria Zavarella, also from Pratola, on June 19 1967. Maria arrived at Pier 21 on May 14 1967 on board SS Queen Anna Maria.

Photograph of the Young family, 1950s (No restriction) 1950s DI2013.753.1

Donated to Pier 21, by William Young, July 30 2008.
William Young's father, Ko Young, was born in Kwangtung, China in 1895. He came to Canada circa 1914 and then spent time in China afterwards. Ko returned to Canada, arriving at White Rock, British Columbia on May 30, 1949.

Photograph of the Young family, 1950s (No restriction) 1950s DI2013.753.3

Donated to Pier 21, by William Young, July 30 2008
William Young's father, Ko Young, was born in Kwangtung, China in 1895. He came to Canada circa 1914 and then spent time in China afterwards. Ko returned to Canada arriving at White Rock, British Columbia on May 30 1949.

Photograph of the Wyslouzil brothers, Johann (Hans) and Dagobert on board SS Fairsea, circa 1951 (No Restriction) c. 1951 DI2013.672.3

Donated to Pier 21, March 12 2013, by Johann (Hans) Wyslouzil.
Johann (Hans) Wyslouzil arrived in Canada from Austria on board SS Fairsea with his older brother at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 4, 1951. They left from Bremerhaven, Germany on November 25, 1951. They settled in Ottawa, Ontario where Hans worked as a cook in various restaurants. Eventually, Hans’ parents and two other brothers also immigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa.

Photograph of the Wolf family, June 1951 (No Restriction) June 1951 DI2015.261.1

Donated to Pier 21, March 14 2004, by Phyllis Rutt.
Phyllis Rutt (née Wolf) immigrated to Canada from Austria with her mother and three sisters Josephine, Sylvia and Olga on board MS Anna Salen, arriving at Pier 21 on May 14, 1951. The family travelled onward by train to Leamington, Ontario where they were met by their immigration sponsors. They spent the next five years paying back their travel costs by working in the onion fields and picking tomatoes in the summer.

Photograph of the wives of the Georgetown Boys, c. 1965-1970 (No Restriction) c. 1965 to 1970 DI2013.653.26

Donated to the Museum by Linda Kelejian on June 18 2002 Percy Kelejian was born as Puzant Kelejian on 10 October 1910. He spent his youth in Ayintab, a city in the Aleppo vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (now Gaziantep, Turkey). He immigrated to Canada and started going by the name “Percy” after his arrival. He worked as a clerk for a few years after arriving in the country, and became a naturalized citizen on 15 April 1932. He married his wife, Victoria Kamberian, on 24 November 1934 in Toronto. The two lived in the greater Toronto area and had two daughters, Linda and Anita.

Photograph of the Witvoet family at Pier 21, May 25 1950 (No Restriction) May 25 1950 DI2013.1578.3

Donated to Pier 21, June 24 2003, by Thelma Reitsma.
Thelma Reitsma (née Tetje Witvoet) immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with her mother and her six siblings, and likely her father as well. They arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 25, 1950 on board SS Volendam.

Photograph of the Wink residence, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, December 21 1969 (No Restriction) December 21 1969 DI2014.685.1

Donated to Pier 21, February 27 2014, by Peter Seixas.
Peter Seixas was born in New York City in 1947 and grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Peter taught for one year at a North Philadelphia school since teachers were deferred from the Vietnam draft. In the summer of 1970, Peter took a cross-country road trip with a college friend and ended up in Powell River, British Columbia where a group of Swarthmore College graduates were starting a farming commune. Peter stayed for three years, later moving to Vancouver to begin teaching. Peter married a fellow Swarthmore grad who had also lived on the commune. He went on to complete his Masters and PhD, eventually obtaining a position in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Education.

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