EMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA
ON THE SHIP TANGO MARU
|visits since 21 March 2004|
On 1 October 1924, Basil Goulevitch and Jan Shemlovski arrived in Townsville on the ship SS Tango Maru. They had both travelled ahead of their families to raise money to bring their families to Australia.
Jan Goulevitch arrived in Townsville, in the hold of the ship S.S. Tango Maru arriving on 1 April 1925. Jan was 6 years old and his sister Katherine was 3 years old when the ship left Yokohama, Japan. They travelled with their mother Josephine who was 26 years old at the time and their friends the Shemlovski family. They lived in 2 holds on the ship during the voyage with the other refugees and migrants.
On arrival in Townsville they stayed overnight at Bordujenko's house which was opposite the railway station about 3 houses away from the Newmarket Hotel. They caught a train to Ayr the next day. The family lived in Ayr for many years.
Jan Goulevitch told me that when his family first saw the sunburnt wharfies in Townsville they thought that Australia must have been full of black people.
The Passenger List for the Tango Maru shows the following passengers arriving in Townsville, Queensland on 1 April 1925.
|HONG KONG||(Port of Embarkation)|
|Mr. Loong Woong||56, Merchant||Canton||Chinese|
|Mrs. M. Scott||32, Wife||Manilla||British|
|Mr. Sangoro Nakayama||53, Blacksmith||Wakayamakek||Japanese|
|Mr. Atowjiro? Sugimoto||36, Cook||Wakayamakek||Japanese|
|Mrs. Josephine Goulevitch||26, Wife||Shanghai||Polish|
|Master, Yan, Goulevitch||4, Son||Shanghai||Polish|
|Miss Katerina Goulevitch||2, Girl||Shanghai||Polish|
|Mr. Leo W. Shemlovsky||36, farm labourer||Shanghai||Polish|
|Master Yosef Shemlovsky||2, Son||Shanghai||Polish|
|Mrs. Anna Shemlovsky||26, Wife||Shanghai||Polish|
|Master Albin Shemlovsky||2, Son||Shanghai||Polish|
|Mr. E.V. Jerelieff||24, Metal dealer||Shanghai||Russian|
|Mr. Leo P. Bashenin||28, Merchant||Shanghai||Russian|
|Mr. ?.?. Lyoff||36, Painter||Shanghai||Russian|
NOTE: The entry for the Goulevitches had Russian typed as the Country of Origin but it had been crossed out and the word Polish written on.
The 1989 Townsville phone directory shows a number of Shemlowski's living in and around Ayr, including two with the initials Y. and A., which could be Yosef and Albina Shemlowski perhaps.
The master of the ship S.S. Tango Maru was Mr. V. Arakida. The ship was on a voyage from Yokohama to Townsville.
|Built||1905 in Nagasaki|
|Gross Tonnage||6893.04 tons|
|Net Tonnage||4238.48 tons|
|Port of Registry||Tokyo, Japan|
|Steam Ship Line||Yokohama, Australia 1923|
The Tango Maru was part of the Nipon Yusen Kaisha passenger liners in the 1930's. The Tango Maru was eventually sunk by American aircraft in the China Sea on the 11 March 1942.
© Peter Dunn 2004