Benalla Migrant Camp 1949-1967




Decker Family Story submitted by Monika Squires nee Decker via email 24/11/2018


Parents Johannes, Rosa, and the three children Erna, Konrad and Monika left Germany on the Fairsea ship in late November 1953 arriving in Freemantle, then Melbourne in January 1954.

They were trained to Wodonga, straight to Bonegilla for only a week, then to Benalla camp, where they stayed until some time in 1955 when they moved to Molyullah, to work for Frank Harrison, of Harrison's Hardware (former Benalla Business), on his farm.

While at the camp John (Johannes) worked as a security guard and Rosa worked at the hospital. Rosa later worked at Latoof and  Calill in the factory, over the road from the camp. Erna moved to Melbourne to be a nanny for a doctor and Konrad went to the camp school. Later John purchased some land from Mr Harrison on O'Deas Road and built the family home on the property. In 1958 Max was born and in the early sixties Konrad joined the police force.



Decker - Germany

Benalla Migrant Camp School Pupil Register

Name Date of Birth Parent Camp Date
Conrad Decker Tuesday 6th January 1942 Mr Johannis 02/02/1954

Records in Benalla Cemetery for DECKER

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

Name Died Age Burial Location
Johannes DECKER 1994 81YRS LAWN External Link
John DECKER 1994 SIDE FENCE External Link
Rosa DECKER 2008 88YRS LAWN External Link