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Amusing life stories of Russian Australians presented in Brisbane

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Amusing life stories of Russian Australians presented in Brisbane


Photo: Polina and Vassily Gubar photo in the John Oxley library

Unique showpieces  telling about outstanding Russian Australians were presented in the frames of the Russian Culture Week in Brisbane, Australia. The program has opened with Australian first/time screening of Tobol historical drama, and concluded with the sound of tolling bells of the oldest Russian Orthodox church in  Australia, Yedinenie newspaper reports. 

Exhibition presenting human angle stories of Russian Australians called success in Queensland. Photographs, archive documents, posters and clothes of Russian immigrants are on view. One of the highlights is the story of famous in 1930-50 fashion designer Polina Gubar. Her daughter contributed to museum collection some dresses and jewelry created by the mother.

Another particular person is Afanasy Bobulev, who moved to Australia from Siberian city Irkutsk in 1913 and created a local choir. His grand daughter has published a book telling dramatic story of his life. 

Many were amused by the presence of famous Australian sculptor George Virine's artefacts at the exposition. Despite that some think he was French, Virine is a Muscovite who moved in Australia with his wife in 1951 and changed his name to avoid putting in danger of Stalin's  regime his relatives who stayed in USSR.

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