Informal outdoor portrait of German Prisoner of War internees at Tatura camp. Identified are: ...

Accession Number P09601.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Victoria, Tatura
Date made 1943-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Informal outdoor portrait of German Prisoner of War internees at Tatura camp. Identified are: E35276 Johannes Oskar (Hans) Muhlhaus (centre front wearing dark shirt); Raimond Kaufmann (front right wearing shorts, worked with Hans Muhlhaus in England); between them may be Paul Wieting and/or Georg Erler. Hans Muhlhaus, an engineer, had been working in England since 1929, setting up and later managing a Manchester office of Siemens Schuckert GmbH which dealt with mining equipment. He later moved to Sheffield and in 1937 he met Nora, who he married in 1937. After the fall of France, he and other people of German, Austrian and Italian origin were gathered up and interned in camps in Britain. On 2 July 1940 Muhlhaus was among 1200 German and Italian internees aboard the Arandora Star when it was torpedoed by German U-Boat U-47; over 800 people died in this incident which happened off the Irish coast. On 10 July he was sent to Australia aboard the Dunera, along with over 2500 internees. The voyage on the overcrowded ship was uncomfortable and difficult. Men who travelled on this ship became known as the Dunera Boys. During his period of internment in Tatura he taught English and engineering and kept up to date with mining engineering through books suppplied by the Red Cross. Hans Muhlhaus returned to Sheffield after the war but was not able to return to his previous job; he found employment at an engineering firm in Cornwall and stayed there until retirement. Hans Muhlhaus died in 1998.