The Invited - New Zealand 
(18) The Polish refugee children are welcomed on board the American troopship "General Randall" in Wellington Harbour on November 1, 1944, by Prime Minister Peter Fraser and the Polish Red Cross Delegate in New Zealand, Countess Wodzicka.  The Prime Minister is holding Julian Osko and the three children just in front of him are Brona Jasionowicz, Stefania Krawczyszyn and Ryszard Tymicki.  The children held by the three New Zealand soldiers are Franciszek Szpetner, Marysia Bartniczak and Zefia Portas (now Mrs Z Januszkiewicz). (also on front cover)
(18) The Polish refugee children are welcomed on board the American troopship "General Randall" in Wellington Harbour on November 1, 1944, by Prime Minister Peter Fraser and the Polish Red Cross Delegate in New Zealand, Countess Wodzicka. The Prime Minister is holding Julian Osko and the three children just in front of him are Brona Jasionowicz, Stefania Krawczyszyn and Ryszard Tymicki. The children held by the three New Zealand soldiers are Franciszek Szpetner, Marysia Bartniczak and Zefia Portas (now Mrs Z Januszkiewicz). (also on front cover)
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(19) The welcoming party of New Zealand soldiers on the platform of Pahiatua Railway Station on November 2, 1944.  They helped the children with their luggage onto waiting army trucks that took them to their new home.
(19) The welcoming party of New Zealand soldiers on the platform of Pahiatua Railway Station on November 2, 1944. They helped the children with their luggage onto waiting army trucks that took them to their new home.
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(20) The first night in what was to be the children's home for the next few years.  The Pahiatua Red Cross Society prepared all the dormitories just before the children arrived.  There were fresh flowers on the tallboys and friendly members of the New Zealand Women's Army Corps to help the small children into bed.
(20) The first night in what was to be the children's home for the next few years. The Pahiatua Red Cross Society prepared all the dormitories just before the children arrived. There were fresh flowers on the tallboys and friendly members of the New Zealand Women's Army Corps to help the small children into bed.
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(21)Willing hands help with the first meal in the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua after the long train trip from Wellington.
(21)Willing hands help with the first meal in the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua after the long train trip from Wellington.
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(22) Two New Zealanders use a gate-post vantage at Pahiatua to get to know the newly-arrived Polish children at first hand.  The frequent association with the local children was to benefit the Poles both physically and socially.  It did not take them long to realise that the New Zealanders were always ready to give them a friendly hand.
(22) Two New Zealanders use a gate-post vantage at Pahiatua to get to know the newly-arrived Polish children at first hand. The frequent association with the local children was to benefit the Poles both physically and socially. It did not take them long to realise that the New Zealanders were always ready to give them a friendly hand.
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(23) For many Pahiatua soon became a place where they could forget their earlier black childhood.  Some of those in this happy group are R. Bialostock (in black on left), J. Niedzwiedzki (arrowed) and B. Lemow (sixth from left in back row).  Among those in the front row from left are J. Mazur, Z. Sierpinski, M. Powierza, K. Niedzwiedzki and A. Rybinski.
(23) For many Pahiatua soon became a place where they could forget their earlier black childhood. Some of those in this happy group are R. Bialostock (in black on left), J. Niedzwiedzki (arrowed) and B. Lemow (sixth from left in back row). Among those in the front row from left are J. Mazur, Z. Sierpinski, M. Powierza, K. Niedzwiedzki and A. Rybinski.
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(24) The Pahiatua Camp contained dormitories, dining rooms, recreation hails, schools, a library, gymnasium, hospital, chapel and administrative building.  It had family cottages for the staff and tar-seated streets divided it into four sections.  The man in the centre of the picture is Mr S. Zaleski who became administrator of the camp after the first Delegate of the Polish Ministry of Education and Social welfare, Mr J. Sledzinski, was transferred in 1945.
(24) The Pahiatua Camp contained dormitories, dining rooms, recreation hails, schools, a library, gymnasium, hospital, chapel and administrative building. It had family cottages for the staff and tar-seated streets divided it into four sections. The man in the centre of the picture is Mr S. Zaleski who became administrator of the camp after the first Delegate of the Polish Ministry of Education and Social welfare, Mr J. Sledzinski, was transferred in 1945.
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(25) On another occasion when Prime Minister Peter Fraser visited the Pahiatua Camp to be greeted by children in gay native costume he was accompanied by another great friend of the Polish people, the New Zealand Catholic Metropolitan, Archbishop O'Shea.  The archbishop is the man with the beard on the left of the group.  Others from left to right are the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr Peter Fraser; Archbishop Panico, Apostolic Delegate to Australia and New Zealand; the young man in costume is unidentified; Mr Foss Shanahan, Secretary to the Prime Minister; Father Kavanagh; Father F. Herlihy of the Columban Missionary Society; Father E. Sweeney, parish priest of Pahiatua; and Father W.J. Heavey. The children in costumes: Back row: Maria Dac, Janina Ratuyzna, Maria Antoniak, Henryk Wotk, Zofia Demkowska, Stanislawa Lasak.  In front: Krystyna lzydorczyk, lrena Wierzbicka, Danuta Holownia, Barbara lzydorczyk, arena Bilek, lrena Szczepanska, Jozefa Aniecka, Janina Wasiukiewicz, - Lakoma. Front: Anna Lewkowicz, Krystyna Dygas, Heryka Holender, Zofia Dobronska, Zofia Portas, Zofia Debczynska, Stefania Krawczyszyn, M. Dudek, Maria Bartniczak, J. Szesna.
(25) On another occasion when Prime Minister Peter Fraser visited the Pahiatua Camp to be greeted by children in gay native costume he was accompanied by another great friend of the Polish people, the New Zealand Catholic Metropolitan, Archbishop O'Shea. The archbishop is the man with the beard on the left of the group. Others from left to right are the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr Peter Fraser; Archbishop Panico, Apostolic Delegate to Australia and New Zealand; the young man in costume is unidentified; Mr Foss Shanahan, Secretary to the Prime Minister; Father Kavanagh; Father F. Herlihy of the Columban Missionary Society; Father E. Sweeney, parish priest of Pahiatua; and Father W.J. Heavey. The children in costumes: Back row: Maria Dac, Janina Ratuyzna, Maria Antoniak, Henryk Wotk, Zofia Demkowska, Stanislawa Lasak. In front: Krystyna lzydorczyk, lrena Wierzbicka, Danuta Holownia, Barbara lzydorczyk, arena Bilek, lrena Szczepanska, Jozefa Aniecka, Janina Wasiukiewicz, - Lakoma. Front: Anna Lewkowicz, Krystyna Dygas, Heryka Holender, Zofia Dobronska, Zofia Portas, Zofia Debczynska, Stefania Krawczyszyn, M. Dudek, Maria Bartniczak, J. Szesna.
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(26) The New Zealand soldiers who helped run the camp in the early days of its career even provided monkey bars and see-saws for the children to play on.  These children, with staff member Mrs Rubisz, were part of the kindergarten group.
(26) The New Zealand soldiers who helped run the camp in the early days of its career even provided monkey bars and see-saws for the children to play on. These children, with staff member Mrs Rubisz, were part of the kindergarten group.
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(27) On Sundays the children put an their best clothes and set out for the camp chapel that they had made in a large recreation hall of the Pahiatua complex.
(27) On Sundays the children put an their best clothes and set out for the camp chapel that they had made in a large recreation hall of the Pahiatua complex.
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