Challenging journeys, all interesting and diverse, will feature at the Nambour Museum’s Open Day on 12 April, to coincide with Queensland Heritage Month.
Secretary Barbara Want said the stories will complement the museum’s memorabilia that shows the many remarkable efforts of the district’s pioneers and elder citizens.
“These people settled the area, many travelling thousands of miles in difficult circumstances to come to live in the district,” she said.
“As well as the story of the journey of Jim Benescovsky who was born in Czechoslovakia, we have chronicled the trips of many of the district’s forebears who came from the Orkney Islands, Finland, Africa, Vanuatu, England – £10 poms – Germany, Ireland and many other places.”
Jim said he was proud his story will be a part of the open day.
“I was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1932. I remember clearly when the Germans invaded the country,” Jim said. “It was quiet for the first few years until about 1942 or 1943, when the bombing started and everyone fled to the cellars.
“After finishing school, I began an apprenticeship in glass blowing, a job I loved. The Russians started building the Iron Curtain to keep people in Czechoslovakia and in December 1948 with nine friends, I attempted an escape, with eight of us being successful. We were taken to refugee camps in Munich, Bad Abling and finally Senegali in Italy. Life was very hard during these times. “
After travelling by boat, the General Stewart, to Australia, Jim landed in Melbourne and eventually found his way to Nambour where he has worked on cane farms, at Colless’s Sawmill, Moreton Central Sugar Mill, Palms Corner Garage and at Rod Smith’s Spare Parts. He married Sonia Suosaari and have three children. The couple now enjoy a quiet life in Nambour, respected members of the community.
Jim is like many others whose interesting stories will be in display in the museum which will open from Saturday, 12 April from 1-4pm, admission is $4, afternoon tea extra. A stall will operate on the day and a raffle will be conducted.
Nambour Museum's Open Day
Nambour Museum, 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour
12th of April 2014
Admission is $4, afternoon tea extra
Phone 5441 2083 for information.
Nambour Museum, Nambour
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