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This apron was taken to Austria by Anna Babij when she was deported from Ukraine during World War II. Decorative aprons were a traditional part of women's dress in many European countries. They are treasured symbols of family, cultural and national links, carrying these associations through the migration journey to Australia.

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Anna Babij, third left, wearing her apron in Ukraine in 1941 before she was deported to Austria as forced labour. Anna and the apron survived forced labour and time in a displaced persons' camp before coming to Australia in 1949.

Photo courtesy Katy and Anna Babij

Apron and photo courtesy Katy and Anna Babij