Kiss Family Collection


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The Migration Museum holds roughly 15 personal items and an additional collection of photographs, relating to Anna and Kalman Kiss. The collection was donated by their foster daughter Anna DeBono.

Kalman Kiss was in the Hungarian army and his uniform is the most recent addition to the collection. The collection also includes passports, a marriage certificate, postcards and other personal papers. Two small embroidered mats complete the collection. These were made by Anna Kiss in her home in Adelaide, Australia, to a traditional Hungarian design.

Anna and Kalman Kiss were Displaced Persons (DPs) following the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Their story is similar to many people displaced by the events of the Second World War and its aftermath. After time in a Displaced Persons camp in Europe they migrated to Australia, bringing with them few possessions. Their personal papers illuminate a little of their story. While Anna was not able to bring many mementoes of Hungary with her she filled her home with Hungarian crafts, some that she made herself as the mats in this collection show, and some bought as souvenirs on later visits to her former home country. The collection, particularly through the photographs, shows Anna and Kalman established a new life in Australia, where they took up citizenship, while maintaining strong connections with their Hungarian culture.

A Migration Museum collection. Access to collection items held in Museum Stores is by appointment only.


Administrative records; Cards; Certificates; Correspondence; Diplomas; Genealogical documents; Government records; Identity badges; Identity cards; Identity devices; Identity photographs; Legal documents; Licences; Pages; Passes; Passports; Personal papers; Photocopies; Statutory declarations; Textiles; Tickets; Transfers; Travel documents

Anna DeBono; Anna Kiss; Kalman Kiss; Migration Museum, South Australia

Craft working; Documents; Migrants; Photographs

Cultural Heritage, Traditions; Hungarian; South Australia

Handicrafts; Migration; Personal identity; World wars

Coverage Spatial

Hungary; South Australia; Australia

Coverage Temporal



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