Summary

Affidavit of support for Wasyl Krechkiwsky from his uncle Nikolav, dated 11 September, 1954. It relates to Wasyl's request for information regarding the possibility of migrating from Australia to the United States where his uncle was in residence in Chicago where he had migrated to and was subsequently a naturalised US citizen. Nikolav states the reason for Wasyl's wish to emigrate that 'he has no relatives or anyone in Australia whereas here he will have some' and that he would support him financially if required. Wasyl first commenced his enquires in 1948 and his uncle notes on the affidavit that 'for the past five years we are trying to bring my nephew to this country. We beseech you to help us at your earliest convenience or tell us what steps we should take.' The application must have been unsuccessful as Wasyl never left Australia.

Wasyl Krechkiwsky was born in Ukraine in 1923 and after years spent in a German labour camp during World War II and then in German training camps after the War where he undertook training in motor mechanics, he migrated to Australia in 1948. Wasyl was employed at the silver-lead mines at Zeehan in Tasmania and from the1950s he worked for General Motors Holden and possibly later Nissan in Dandenong where he lived. A photograph of Wasyl behind the counter of a milk bar also suggests he owned and/or worked in a milk bar sometime during the 1950s.

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