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The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia is pleased to invite you to the book launch by Edward Kremzer, Hon. Consul of the Republic of Poland of:

On the Rough Waves of Life
written by Mieczysław Drelich
translated into English by Leszek Drelich

Book cover

Saturday 24 April 2021, 2pm
St Therese School/Parish Hall
24 Hopkins Street, Moonah TAS 7009


For more information: ph: 0437124393
RSVP:  [email protected] or ph: 0437124393

Join us at the St Therese School/Parish Hall for the book launch of On the Rough Waves of Life followed by refreshments, and Q & A with Leszek Drelich, and a book signing.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the launch (cash sales only).

On the Rough Waves of Life was originally self published in 1995. It is an autobiography by Mieczysław Drelich, a Carpathian Brigade veteran, and history of the Polish soldier migrants in Australia, and their journey to Tasmania.  It provides an insight into the life, experiences and journey of a true war hero and a pioneer of a multicultural Tasmania.

About the author:
Mieczysław (Mietek) Drelich was born in Dębina near Lublin in 1918. He joined the Polish Army in 1937.  As a member of the Carpathian Brigade, he participated in the Battle of Tobruk, and was awarded the Virtuti Militari and the Cross of Valour for war service following the Siege of Tobruk. He arrived in Australia on the 'Asturias' in September 1947 and was a prominent member of the Tasmanian Polish community.

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The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia was established in 1991 as an initiative of a number of people who saw the importance of collecting and preserving historical materials that reflected the individual and community life of Polish immigrants living in Australia. The organisation was incorporated in 1992.
The aims of the organisation are to:
Current Activities and Projects

The Polish Soldier Migrant Project:
In 1947 and 1948 Australia accepted a very specific Polish migrant. Over 1,500 former members of the Polish military based in the United Kingdom arrived in Australia aboard the “Asturias” and the “Strathnaver”. These men represented various military services including the Carpathian Brigade, the Air Force, Armoured Division and the Second Corps. A sizeable number worked on the Hydro-Electric Scheme in Tasmania; but many were sent to various parts of Australia. These men were vital to the establishment of Polish community structures in the following decades. They also represent a significant prelude to the massive post-war Polish migration from the displaced persons camps scattered throughout Western Europe.
The Polish Museum and Archives in Australia is seeking to document this unique group of Polish soldier migrants in the form of a publication and is currently conducting research. You can register your details here.


Collections Project:

The Polish Museum and Archives continually seeks significant objects, documents and photographs that relate to the story of Polish post war migration experiences. It would be a lost opportunity to make our mark on the multicultural mosaic of Australia and for our own sense of cultural identify, if we were to lose these treasures, just because their true significance was not recognised at the time.

Oral History Project:

The post-war Polish immigrants are today our senior citizens. It is therefore important to document the experiences of these early pioneers. Such experiences include:
It is vital that these stories be recorded and passed down to future generations of Polish Australians. They should also be documented as part of the greater multicultural Australian experience.

If you would like to donate an object to the collection, please contact the President,
or fill in the form here.

If you would like to share your story as part of our oral history programme,
please contact the President,
or fill in the form here.


If you would like to make a financial donation please forward your cheque or money order to the Polish Museum and Archives in Australia, or direct deposit to BSB 063100, account no 1020 3665, name of account: Polish Museum and Archives.