In late March, 1949, a baby girl was born to a Polish immigrant en route to Australia aboard the Yugoslavian ship SS Partizanka.
Because her birth and the berthing of the Partizanka at Fremantle on Tuesday nearly coincided, and because she is the youngest migrant ever to arrive in Australia, this baby girl was named after the liner that brought her here.
Records suggest that the baby was named Helena Partizanka Dinerman.
The word partizanka means “partisan” in Serbo-Croatian.
- “Youngest Migrant.” Daily News [Perth, Western Australia] 31 Mar. 1949: 9.
- “A Language Difficulty.” Argus [Melbourne, Victoria] 4 Apr. 1949: 3.
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