COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Alek Schulha
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I acknowledge Alek Schulha, for his dedication and passion in preserving the memory and historical significance of the Greta Migrant Camp. From 1949 to 1960 the camp housed more than 100,000 displaced persons from 18 war-torn European nations. The roots of Australia's modern multicultural society are found within the stories of those who came to the camp. Alek's parents, Peter and Nada, came to Greta in 1949, and worked as a bus driver and a hospital interpreter, respectively. Alek was born in the camp in 1951, and went on to work as a Newcastle Herald journalist, and author the best-selling book, Beneath the Shadows of Mount Molly Morgan. For this project he undertook thousands of hours of interviews, to document the triumph and tragedies of life in the migrant camp. Alek also serves as the Vice President of the Hunter Multicultural Communities, and I offer my thanks for his outstanding commitment to community service in the Maitland region. The land where the camp once stood was recently sold. I share Alek's hope that the new owners will add a monument that celebrates the Greta Migrant Camp, to share the site's historical significance with future generations.