British Passport issued by the Commonwealth of Australia to Kateryna Caurs on 13 December 1968.

Kateryna Caurs (nee Pimenow) was born in 1915 in Luzk, Poland. A mechanical engineer, from 1946-49, she worked with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and later for the International Refugee Organisation (IRO). In 1950 Kateryna and her mother migrated to Australia. She married Alexander Caurs who was born in Latvia in 1926, and who migrated to Australia in 1948.

Physical Description

Blue covered passport with Australian Coat of Arms on Cover. Inside to booklet text is in black print with personal details in black pen. Several pages contain red and black official stamps. Page one contains passport number and name of bearer. Page two details profession, place and date of birth, height, colour of eyes/hair. Page three contains signature and photo of Kateryna Caurs and official Department of Immigration stamp.


Statement of Historical Significance:
The Caurs collection represents the experiences of wartime dislocation and post-war immigration of a family from three cultural backgrounds, Polish, Latvian and Ukrainian. The principle story represented in the collection is that of Kateryna Caurs (nee Pimenow) and is one not often told, that of a professional educated woman, a mechanical engineer, whose qualifications were recognised in Australia.

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