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Title Date of Arrival Culture Related Ship Accession Number Language More Information
Train Ticket issued to Piotr Czypak, April 16 1928 (No Restriction) April 16 1928 DI2013.786.5 English

Donated to Pier 21, July 9 2008, by Ted Caypak.
Ted Caypak's father, Piotr Włodzimierz Czipak (Czypak) was born in 1912 in Kamionka Strumiłowa, Poland. Piotr arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 27, 1928 on board SS Estonia, destined for Glaslyn, Saskatchewan.

Tourist Class Ticket for passage on board MS Italia, November 1956 (No Restriction) November 1956 DI2013.1932.3 English

Donated to Pier 21, October 23 2004, by Vivienne Mann.
Vivienne Mann (née Stacey) immigrated to Canada from England at the age of 12 with her mother, Helena, and her sister, Estera, on board MS Italia, arriving at Pier 21 in November 1956. They travelled onward to Toronto, Ontario to join her father, an expert shipwright and cabinet maker who had immigrated in May 1956 through Canada's Assisted Passage Scheme for skilled tradesmen.

Timesheet for Willem Smit, October 19 1973 (No Restriction) October 19 1973 DI2006.4.100 English

Donated to Pier 21, July 5 2004, by Ed Smith.
Ed Smith was born Adriaan Smit in 's-Heer Arendskerke, Netherlands on August 4, 1945. After the Second World War, he immigrated to Canada with his parents, Willem and Apolonia, and his brothers, Nicolaas and Marrinus. They travelled on board SS Waterman, sailing from Rotterdam on June 24, 1952 and arriving in Halifax on July 2, 1952. The family made their way west, initially bound for Winnipeg, Manitoba but eventually settling in the Regina area in Saskatchewan. The family changed their surname from Smit to Smith.

Tickets issued to the Bandsmer family, October 22 1948 October 22 1948 DI2016.418.2 English

Donated to the Museum by Rudy Bandsmer, October 10 2008
Rudy Bandsmer was born in Ukraine and fled to Germany with his parents, Otto and Maria (Mika) Bandsmer, in 1943. They immigrated to Canada from Germany on board USAT General Langfitt. They arrived at Pier 21 on October 22 1948 and took the train to Abbotsford, British Columbia where they bought a farm.

Ticket issued to Velta-Benita and Ingeborga Saulite, December 5 1950 (No Restriction) December 5 1950 DI2014.460.3 English

Donated to Pier 21, September 1 2009, by Dr. Inga Patterson.
Inga, her mother, aunt and maternal grandparents were Displaced Persons from Latvia who fled the communist invasion at the end of the Second World War. Inga's father died in the war. Her mother, Velta-Benita, met her second husband at the camp and they decided to immigrate to Canada.

Ticket issued to the Meijer family, July 1957 (No Restriction) July 1957 DI2013.1558.13 English, French

Donated to Pier 21, July 19 2008, by Helen Meyer.
Helen Meyer (Meijer) immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with her father, H. J. Meijer, her mother and her two sisters. They arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 1957 on board SS Waterman and made their way to Montreal, Quebec.

Ticket issued to the McNair family for use on board RMS Aquitania, May 1948 (No Restriction) May 1948 DI2013.1172.2 English

Donated to the Museum by Ernest McNair, August 14 2005
Ernest McNair immigrated to Canada with his wife, Daisy, and son, Ernest Jr. They arrived at Pier 21 on June 1 1948 on board RMS Aquitania. They then took the train to Montreal, Quebec.

Ticket issued to the Larsen family for passage on board MS Stockholm, March 23 1957 (No Restriction) March 23 1957 DI2014.634.7 English

Donated to Pier 21, August 19 2010, by Poul Larsen.
Poul (Paul) Larsen was born in Denmark in January 1931. He immigrated to Canada with his wife, Anny Larsen, and their son, Peter, as well as with his brother, Svend Larsen, and his wife. They departed from Copenhagen on board MS Stockholm and arrived in Halifax on March 31, 1957, destined for St. Catharines, Ontario.

Ticket issued to the Filipps family for travel on board SS Olympia, December 5 1954 (No Restriction) December 5 1954 DI2014.543.6 English

Donated to Pier 21, March 22 2006, by Karl Filipps.
Karl Filipps was born in Germany and both his parents, Martin and Katharina Filipps, were born in Yugoslavia. The family arrived at Pier 21 on board SS Olympia on December 15, 1954 and took the train to Windsor, Ontario.

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