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    1950s Takacs bust of a proud Aboriginal man. I posted one of the same mould 6 years ago but this one is brown, the other was darker.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Very much of it's time but still a fantastic piece of Australian ceramics.
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Nandor and Sandor Takacs (TAKÁCS)
      Nándor is a Hungarian form of given name Ferdinand.
      Sándor is a Hungarian given name and surname. It is the Hungarian form of Alexander.
      Takacs Name Meaning. Hungarian (Takács): occupational name from takács 'weaver'.

      At the end of WWII Displaced Persons Camps were established in Germany Austria and Germany to temporarily house refugees and former inmates of the Nazi Concentration Camps. Between 11 to 20 million people were ‘displaced’.

      One of these DPC’s was IRO camp in Butzbach (in Hessen, Germany).

      The Arolsen Archives provide info about those who were persecuted by the Nazi regime and were under Allied control in Germany after 1945. Both Nandor and Sandor are listed in the files at the Arolsen Archive and in 1949 they were at Butzbach, a Resettlement Centre in the state of Hesse under US control.

      People like Nandor and Sandor had the choice of “Emigrate or Stay?”.

      They chose to emigrate and were moved to Naples and from there were transported to Australia on board the Fairsea, an Italian liner under IRO control. He was one of 800 new Australians on board the Fairsea on 3 Dec 1949 when it left Naples for Sydney.

      Alexander Takacs was in fact Sandor Takacs. Sandor was listed as a ceramic worker and travelled with his elder brother Nandor - a baker. In Australia Nandor was known as Fred.
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      Alexander was a sculptor and soon set up a series of businesses here in Sydney. His brother worked with his brother at Pates Pottery and with the early businesses and then went south to Yass, married, had three daughters and settled in Queensland.

      In 1968 Alexander was on his way to Queensland when he was killed in a car crash. But his wife Camilla ended up on the Gold Coast with a few others who had worked with Alexander. I reckon the moulds went with them. You’ll find dated pieces in the early 70’s that probably came from the Takacs Studio made by the family and friends. Therefore that other piece with the sticker, Nigel.
    4. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      That's fantastic info on the Takacs, Kevin.
      Your research skills are exceptional, as all in the Aussie pottery group are aware.
      The Takacs today would probably be locked up by Morrison, Dutton, Hawke, Andrews et al.
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
      KAREN the ships were huge and were very unhealthy. Very R=+Y Princess.

      The Fairsea arrived in Sydney on Dec 31 1949. It was originally due on December 19 but was delayed until after Xmas. Measles may have been the problem.

      On that day about 3000 new Australians arrived on four boats. Takacs was on the Fairsea. It was a difficult trip.

      TWO Polish boys died aboard the International Refugee Organisation ship Fairsea on the way around the Australian coast to Sydney. Edward Dobosy, 14 months, died on Boxing Day and was buried at sea. Ryszard Wyrzykowski, 2 years 10 months, died on Thursday night. His body was brought to Sydney for burial.
      The chief nursing sister aboard the Migrant Steamer ship, Sister E. A. Neville, said the two boys died from broncho-pneumonia after measles, which was rampant throughout the voyage from Naples.
      She said one adult and 14 children were to be taken from the ship, which arrived yesterday, to Prince Henry Hospital. Fifteen measles cases were to be admitted to hospital at Bathurst.”
    6. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      Tough times and people really suffered for the new life.

      Look at us now in lockdown, nothing like what others went through and are still going through because of war.
    7. jearve jearve, 2 years ago
      Yes, Kevin's the man!

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