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Farewelling the Radnik

Farewelling the Radnik

Following the Second World War the fervour for rebuilding Yugoslavia (a united state of Slavic peoples) was widespread in expatriate communities around the world. In New Zealand two ships sporting the communist red star – the Radnik in 1948, and the Partizanka in 1949 – carried 290 Dalmatians back to the Adriatic to help rebuild the country. It was a sad return. The country was poor, and most of the 290 came back to New Zealand, disheartened.

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Carl Walrond, 'Dalmatians - Immigration since the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1221/farewelling-the-radnik (accessed 21 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015