the boys in the bands
Music was big in the Tatura internee camp, everybody wanted to be in a band and nobody minded having their photo taken.
We’re looking for Tibor Kaldor – we think he was a flute or clarinet player. We know he was an internee. We know he had a connection with a music school in Melbourne, a Ms Smith of Windsor. Close to where he lived.
This scene shows internees at Camp 1 who adapted one of the huts to house the camp orchestra. Dr George Gruber (standing) had been travelling in Australia as conductor of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir when the Second World War (1939-1945) began. Trapped in Australia, Gruber and the boys, were offered a position by Archbishop Daniel Mannix at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. Gruber’s eventual internment upset many of the boys as he was their only family in Australia.
One of the choir boys, Olav Schappacher recalled: One day we were celebrities, the next we were nothing.
Gruber’s eventual internment upset many of the boys as he was their only family in Australia.
TATURA, VIC. 1943-06-15. BAND LEADER DR. G. GRUBER STRIKES UP THE BAND PRIOR TO BEGINNING THE HOMEWARD JOURNEY, DURING ONE OF THE REGULAR ROUTE MARCHES UNDERTAKEN BY INTERNEES OF NO. 1 CAMP, TATURA INTERNMENT GROUP (GERMAN). PICTURED ARE:- G2096 H.K. LESSING (1); W4029 B. SHILLOW (2); Q4 F. BITZER (3); E3501 A. BERKENHOFF (4); S3060 P. LAUCKE (5); Q211 W.K. MARGGRAF (6); E35218 J.C. MOSER (7); N1013 W. SCHUMACHER (8); V2073 A. SCHUSTER (9); N1072 W. OTTO (10).