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Gina Sinozich

From Istria to Australia – Gina’s journey

Like many refugees, artist Gina Sinozich abandoned her homeland for a country she knew almost nothing about. In 1957 she and her family arrived in Australia from Istria, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. It was only decades later, when she was 70 years old, that Gina completed her first painting.

In 2003 the Australian National Maritime Museum commissioned a series of paintings illustrating Gina’s journey to Australia on SS NEPTUNIA. They tell an intensely personal and powerful story of courage, loss and hope – one that evokes the experience of millions of European refugees and migrants after World War II.