Photo: Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid with Maie Barrow, Reet Simmul at the Archive, Sydney 2018.

Terry Kass Mander Jones Award

Dr Terry Kass receives the Mander Jones Award, 2019

As well as acting as chair of the Estonian Archives in Australia, Dr Terry Kass is a practising professional historian. At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Australian Society of Archivists on 18 September 2020, his recent publication, Unlocking land: A guide to Crown Land Records held at State Archives NSW received an award as the best finding aid to an archival collection held in an Australian institution published in 2019. The guide has been well received within the […]

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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visits the Archive, October 2018

On this Day Oct 21, 2018 – President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid visits the Archive

Two years ago today, the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, visited the Estonian Archives in Australia at the Sydney Estonian House. Archivists Maie Barrow and Reet Simmul introduced the collection and showed off some of the treasures in the Archive. The President praised the important work of the volunteers in collecting and preserving the history of the Estonians in Australia and showed great interest in the collection The index cards of the prewar Consulate hold information about the early Estonian […]

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Crowds gathered at the harbour hoping to board any remaining ships

The Great Escape 1944

This month marks 76 years since “The Great Escape.  In September 1944, over 75,000 people fled Estonian to escape the advancing Red Army. The EAA volunteers and Lachlan Bell curated “The Great Escape 1944” exhibition that is currently on display in the foyer of Estonian House Sydney.  This is also the first exhibition we have put online and is available for you to view anywhere in the world! The Great Escape 1944 – Online Exhibition Crowds gathered at Tallinn Harbour, […]

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Reet Simmul

Why I work at the Archives – Reet Simmul

Early Life I was born just one month before the first Soviet Occupation, so I could apply for an Estonian passport with my birth certificate. My mother, younger brother and I left on the “Minden” as Tallinn was burning. Since father was a mechanic as well as pilot he was ordered to stay, in case aircraft needed repairs. My aunt had married an Austrian, so we had a destination, Vienna. We lived there until the Soviets captured the city and […]

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