Benalla Migrant Camp 1949-1967

Kurt and Elfriede Arndt

ARNDT Kurt and Elfriede

Germany 1956

Arndt Story

Written from notes taken by Sabine Smyth during phone calls with Paul in Oct-Nov 2012 and adding some extra information after an email from granddaughter Tracey was received in November 2020.

Paul, his sister Waltraut and his parents Kurt and Elfriede Arndt arrived in Australia from Germany on the migrant ship Fairsea in 1956. Her granddaughter Tracey Horsburgh remember ‘she was very sea sick coming to Australia’.

Kurt and Elfriede lived at Benalla Migrant Camp for three years after being transferred from Bonegilla, where they stayed for five weeks only.

Elfriede worked at Latoof and Callil, and Kurt worked for the Benalla Railways his whole life.

Kurt and Elfriede ARNDT
Kurt and Elfriede Arndt - Germany

Benalla Migrant Camp School Pupil Register

Name Date of Birth Parent Camp Date
Paul Arndt Wednesday 18th August 1948 Mr Kurt 02/08/1956
Waltraut Arndt Friday 1st August 1952 Mr Kurt 04/02/1958

Records in Benalla Cemetery for ARNDT

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
Kurt Paul ARNDT 1976 55YRS LAWN External Link
Elfriede Marianne ARNDT 2015 93YRS LAWN External Link
Paul Kurt ARNDT 2020 71 YRS LAWN External Link