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Memento : Issue 17
may 2001 memento Ann was amazed to find that no commemorative publication of this important ship and its special passengers had ever been written. So she decided to write it herself. Her research revealed a surprising fact. 'In keeping with the views of the times about the employment of women, all women coming to fill shortages in fields such as nursing, typing and waitressing were to be single. At least two of the women from the Heintzelman presented the authorities with an unexpected problem. 'Despite the medical examination before being accepted for settlement in Australia, a further medical after their arrival at Bonegilla, described on a Department of Health file, showed that two women had been pregnant before they left Germany. 'My mother was one of them. When she and the other woman gave birth in 1948, we children must have been the first to be born in Australia to non-British migrants sponsored by the Federal Government. 'Not quite the first children born from the First Fleet, but a milestone nonetheless.' As more of these records are sorted and details entered on our database, we hope more researchers will find their own family connections. Ann can be contacted by email at email@example.com. Between 1947 and 1953, more than 170,000 displaced persons were brought to Australia, most travelling by ship from Germany and Italy. 11 To encourage research and promotion of our collection, each year the National Archives offers two fellowships in honour of Frederick Watson. Watson was editor of Historical Records of Australia from 1912 until 1925. He was also a firm advocate of the public use of government archives. We are looking for applicants with scholarly credentials in 20th century Australian history, politics, social studies or a similar subject. Applicants should have a postgraduate degree, an established record of publication or a well- established knowledge of the workings of the Commonwealth government. Fellows are provided with office accommodation, a grant-in-aid and reimbursement of some research costs while they undertake a research project using the Archives collection. In return, they must actively promote the Archives and the collection. Our collection is extensive and varied. Our first Fellow, Dr Michael McKernan, researched the postwar experiences of survivors of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. He was later to say that the element of personal material he found in the collection not only surprised and delighted him but gave him an additional insight into the sufferings of families of prisoners and significantly shaped and indeed altered his approach to his project. To wards the end of his Fellowship. Dr McKernan recounted some of the prisoners' experiences in a very moving public lecture. The book based on his research will be published later this year. Prospective applicants can find more information about the Fellowship under 'About Us' on our website at www.naa.gov.au. Before lodging an application it is very important for prospective applicants to contact Ted Ling at the Archives on (02) 6212 3936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their intended research proposal. Applications close on 29 June 2001. rederick fWatson Fellowship