Letter from A Gray, Staff & Industrial Officer, Department of Works and Housing, to Katarina Pimenowa dated 11 April 1950. The letter states that the Commonwealth Government has discovered Katarina has technical training and they would like to interview her to see if she would be suitable for a job with the Department of Works & Housing.

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

Yellowing paper on Department of Works and Housing letterhead. Black typed text with black pen signature.


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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