Australian passport issued by the Commonwealth of Australia to Alexander Caurs dated 28 August 1986.

Alexander was born in Latvia in 1926, and migrated to Australia in 1948. He married Kateryna Caurs (nee Pimenow) who was born in 1915 in Luzk, Poland. A mechanical engineer, 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.

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 type. Several pages contain red and black official stamps.


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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