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NAURU, PACIFIC ISLANDS. 1942-02. CIVILIANS EVACUATED FROM NAURU AND OCEAN ISLAND BY THE FREE FRENCH DESTROYER LE TRIOMPHANT ON THE SHIP'S QUARTERDECK. (NAVAL HISTORICAL COLLECTION)

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My Grandfather

By Jenny Lee | Nauru | 19 Apr 2024

My Grandfather can be seen far left of this image. He was transported back to Australia to be employed by the Australian Army for a short while and then employed by the United States Army, working at the Bulimba Boat Yards, Brisbane. When he was discharged in 1945 he moved to Warwick, where he met his wife, later moving to Melbourne. He went on to play his part in Chinatown and the establishment of the Chinese Free Education Society and to become a successful businessman. He told us as children he was working on an Island and was saved in the nick of time when the Japanese started dropping bombs, others weren't so lucky. This photo was quite a find and confirmed that Island to be Nauru.

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