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'The main thing is to shut them out': the deployment of law and the arrival of Russians in Australia 1913-1925: an histoire

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Brisbane, August 1915

    On Tuesday 10 August 1915, a 25 year old Russian named

    Neplen Matanakes was allowed to disembark from the SS

    Empire in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland

    in the recently federated Australia. A year into World War I, Neplen's

    journey had started a few weeks earlier in the Chinese Russian city

    of Harbin. Like other Russians before him, Neplen made his way to

    the Japanese seaport of Dairen (or Dalny), also located on the Chinese

    mainland. He then joined the SS Empire at Kobe, Japan, on one of its

    regular round trips to Australia and, after brief stops in Hong Kong

    and Manila, the steamer arrived in Darwin on 1 August 1915. The

    three unnamed Russians on board were mentioned in dispatches

    telegraphed south. Brisbane was the SS Empire's first capital city

    landfall in Australia and, by disembarking here, Neplen followed the

    path of thousands of other Russians who arrived in Australia

    through its most northerly state capital.

    Brisbane was bustling the week Neplen arrived. The 'Brisbane

    National Show', or 'Ekka', was in full swing and the streets were

    filled with visitors from the Bush. Vaudeville, plays and silent movies

    were showing in its theatres, trams were rattling through the city

    and suburbs. The Parliament Building, a partial replica of the

    Louvre, spoke of a wealth borne of agriculture and mining. Grand

    timber mansions sat on the verdant hills that clung to the

    meandering Brisbane River; built on stumps and clad with wide

    verandahs to manage hot, humid monsoonal summers, the houses

    added to an impression of languid torpor.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2013). ''The main thing is to shut them out'': the deployment of law and the arrival of Russians in Australia 1913-1925: an histoire. Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, XXI (Part 2), 133-163.

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 133

End Page


  • 163

Volume


  • XXI

Issue


  • Part 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Brisbane, August 1915

    On Tuesday 10 August 1915, a 25 year old Russian named

    Neplen Matanakes was allowed to disembark from the SS

    Empire in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland

    in the recently federated Australia. A year into World War I, Neplen's

    journey had started a few weeks earlier in the Chinese Russian city

    of Harbin. Like other Russians before him, Neplen made his way to

    the Japanese seaport of Dairen (or Dalny), also located on the Chinese

    mainland. He then joined the SS Empire at Kobe, Japan, on one of its

    regular round trips to Australia and, after brief stops in Hong Kong

    and Manila, the steamer arrived in Darwin on 1 August 1915. The

    three unnamed Russians on board were mentioned in dispatches

    telegraphed south. Brisbane was the SS Empire's first capital city

    landfall in Australia and, by disembarking here, Neplen followed the

    path of thousands of other Russians who arrived in Australia

    through its most northerly state capital.

    Brisbane was bustling the week Neplen arrived. The 'Brisbane

    National Show', or 'Ekka', was in full swing and the streets were

    filled with visitors from the Bush. Vaudeville, plays and silent movies

    were showing in its theatres, trams were rattling through the city

    and suburbs. The Parliament Building, a partial replica of the

    Louvre, spoke of a wealth borne of agriculture and mining. Grand

    timber mansions sat on the verdant hills that clung to the

    meandering Brisbane River; built on stumps and clad with wide

    verandahs to manage hot, humid monsoonal summers, the houses

    added to an impression of languid torpor.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2013). ''The main thing is to shut them out'': the deployment of law and the arrival of Russians in Australia 1913-1925: an histoire. Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, XXI (Part 2), 133-163.

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 133

End Page


  • 163

Volume


  • XXI

Issue


  • Part 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia