Museum and Archives in Australia
Archiwum Polonii Australijskiej
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
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
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.
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:
Activities and Projects
The Polish Soldier
and preserve documents, medals, objects, photographs and other
materials that have historical significance to the Polish community and
the wider community in Australia.
materials available to members of the general public and academics for
research and other activities, such as exhibitions.
cooperatively with organisations that have similar goals.
reference materials and books about the history and experiences of
Polish immigration to Australia.
support for the Polish Museum and Archive’s activities from mainstream,
government and non-profit organisations and individuals.
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
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.
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:
post-war Polish immigrants are today our senior citizens. It is
therefore important to document the experiences of these early
pioneers. Such experiences include:
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,
life in Australia - life in migrant hostels, the two-year work
homes, community structures and cultural life.
on Polish migrants’ lives today.
in the form here.
If you would like to share your story as part of our oral history
programme, please contact the President,
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.