From Our Contribution
On 13 Nov 1937 Ivan, aged 17, arrived in Fremantle from Genoa Italy aboard the SS Romolo intending to reside at Boulder.
discharged 12 Jun 1946
On 13 Sep 1947 Ivan married Yvonne Emma Louisa Francis in St Thomas's Church North Sydney. At the time he was a stonemason living at 38 Campbell street, Sydney. The were to have three children. Yvonne died 16 Jul 1996 in Lane Cove.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 240 Pacific highway, Artarmon, NSW, stonemason, 1954 - 1980 at 688 Mowbray road, Lane Cove, NSW;
During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.
Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 2nd Company was based in New South Wales.