Summary

Letter from the American Consulate in Melbourne to Wasyl Krechkiwsky, dated 1 April, 1954. It relates to Wasyl's request to migrate 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. The letter refers to a quota number (Polish) with which he has been issued and his appointment for formal visa examination at the Consulate. This letter is almost identical to another letter, suggesting that the appointment time may have been changed.

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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