A history of the Ukrainian community in Tasmania

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THE Ukrainian community in Tasmania has celebrated 70 years since the first Ukrainians settled in Tasmania with a newly published book – ‘With Ukrainian Greeting: A history of the Ukrainian Community in Tasmania’.

The Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania released ‘With Ukrainian Greetings’ to tell the story of the first Ukrainian settlers in Tasmania and the journey of the community over 70 years.

It includes information about the 340 Ukrainians who came to Tasmania as displaced persons after World War II, and how they contributed to transforming Glenorchy socially and culturally.

“Today, Glenorchy is widely accepted as a diverse multicultural hub, home to a wide number of immigrant communities,” Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania president Marina Ladaniwskyj said.

“Ukrainians were employed in expanding industries as part of government employment schemes, such as the Electrolytic Zinc Company, HEC, Glenorchy Council labour force, the Cadbury Factory and Silk and Textiles.”

Ms Ladaniwskyj said the book used graphics, patterns, photos and narratives to convey the feeling and experiences of refugee settlement in an accessible and meaningful way, making an important contribution to Tasmania’s migration and settlement story.

“It explains how a relatively small number of refugees, displaced from their country of origin, showed great determination to work, raise their families and ultimately become part of Australia’s multicultural community, while actively keeping their culture alive with a freedom of expression which was not possible in pre-war Europe,” she said.

“It also explores the maintenance and development of identity through themes such as the building of community, making a home in a new land, food, music and dance, religion, and education.

“It is an opportunity for third and fourth generation Ukrainians to reconnect with their heritage and explore what being Ukrainian means for them.”

Only a handful of the original Ukrainian settlers remain, but the legacy of those who have now passed is remembered through this book.

Oral histories of second and third generation Ukrainian descendants and rich archival material including photographs and administrative records inform the publication.

Ms Ladaniwskyj said the Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania had been a focal point for the Ukrainian community since the first branch was established in Hobart in 1954.

“The early settlers worked hard to establish educative and cultural programs to support the community in their new land and raised funds to build community halls (Domivka) in Moonah and Launceston,” she said.

“A Saturday Ukrainian School, folk dancing group, scouting group and choral groups were soon established – Moonah continues as the centre of cultural activities today.

“The Association brings together a variety of perspectives with a common goal to support community members and promote Ukrainian culture in the context of a vibrant multicultural Australia.”

The book can be purchased for $48 plus postage by contacting the Association on ukesintas@gmail.com.

Caption: From left, Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania president Marina Ladaniwsky and Senator Catryna Bilyk with the publication ‘With Ukranian Greetings, a history of the Ukranian community in Tasmania’.

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