Benalla Migrant Camp 1949-1967

June Cracknell


Australia (Teacher) 1956-1959

Cracknell Story

Chris Dunster, whose mother June Cracknell was a teacher at the camp in 1956 submitted the following story (in January 2014) :

"Mum arrived at the camp with 3 children, aged 5,4 and 1. She took up the position as Teacher and was there until about 1959. We lived on site and while Mum was teaching we were looked after by the women in the camp. I was 1 year old when we arrived.

Apparently we three children spoke fluent Russian while we were there. Mum met my Stepfather Bill Humphries at the community dances held at the camp. They married in 1960. I believe we moved out from the camp in 1959 and lived in the Black Swan Flats in Arundel St Benalla. Mum was amongst the first teachers at Benalla West Primary which commenced operation in 1960. Mum always spoke fondly of her time at the camp.”

June Cracknell - Australia

Benalla Migrant Camp School Pupil Register

Name Date of Birth Parent Camp Date
Peter John Cracknell Thursday 5th July 1951 June 05/02/1957
Terence Kimberley Cracknell Saturday 8th November 1952 June 04/02/1958

Records in Benalla Cemetery for CRACKNELL

Please note that the records retrieved from Benalla Cemetery do not mean that the individual listed was a camp resident, they merely share the surname.
They are presented in that they may be of assistance for genealogical purposes.

Name Died Age Burial Location
Elaine Ellen Mary CRACKNELL 2002 87YRS LAWN External Link

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