Black and white photograph showing Ivan Kucan and friends in work gear, building a house in Newport, 1951.

According to the family, in 1949 the Kucan family migrated to Australia as displaced persons after World War II. They had stayed in a displaced persons camp in Austria for four years but their country of origin was Ukraine. During the first two years in Australia, they lived in migrant camps in Bonegilla and Benalla. The men had to work off the cost of their passage in a contract to the government. After their contract was finished, Ivan and a group of five friends came to Melbourne looking for land on which to build their homes. They all purchased land in the same street in Newport and helped each other build their homes.

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Four men standing in front of a work bench with a clamp out in the open. The two to the right are wearing overalls. To the right are building materials and a tree. In the background buildings can be seen.

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Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.

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