Crossing the Equator Certificate, published by Wittusen & Jensen AS, circa 1950. It was issued to passengers on the MS Nelly for crossing the equator on 3 June 1950. This certificate was given to either Nicolae or Barbara Condurateanu on their voyage to Australia in 1950.

Nicolae Condurateanu was a Romanian who was placed in a POW camp during World War II in Germany. He met his wife Barbara, also a Romanian, when she caught the wrong train and ended up in a German Displaced Persons camp, where Nicolae was Barbara had spent World War II in a Russian POW camp and was meant to have been on a train back to Romania. The couple married in 1948 at the A1 Heetre Camp and immigrated to Australia in 1950, where Nicolae worked in a Tea factory and Barbara at the Four and Twenty Pie factory. They had no family in Australia and had to rely on each other for support eventually purchasing a house and establishing a life in their new country.

Physical Description

Rectangular cream certificate with a boarder of sea creatures, and a picture of mermaids and king Neptune at the top of the certificate. There is extensive black text and the certificate has been signed and stamped in purple ink.

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