Letter from Anna Hardmack to Robert Salter dated 22 December 1938. Anna thanks Robert Salter for his Christmas gift and sends her best wishes for his reunion with his fiancée. Robert migrated to Australia from Austria, fleeing Vienna just before the German annexation of Austria in 1938. Robert had applied for residency in Australia five months before leaving Vienna but could not wait for approval as he was in danger of being arrested.

He journeyed on 2 ships from Rotterdam to Melbourne via Indonesia and Brisbane, but found when he arrived in Brisbane that his application for residency had been rejected. With the help of William Maloney, a federal Member of Parliament who befriended him, Robert was finally able to obtain permits for himself, as well as for his parents, his fiancee Ida and his friend who had accompanied him on the journey.

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Folded letter hand written on one half only, headed Federal Members Room, House of Representatives, from Anna Hardmack to Robert Salter, Carlton, dated 22 December 1938.

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