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From Sydney to Melbourne

From Sydney, the family traveled by train to Shepparton where they lived with Feiga and Nachum Rosenbaum for about 12 months, first working with their son Joel in the orchard, and then helping collect scrap iron to be sold in Japan.

   

 

Zelda Kaman with sons Maurice (left) and Norman (right),
Shepparton, Australia, 1938.
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In late 1938, Eliezer's family moved to Melbourne. At first they lived in Carlton, where Norman attended the Lee Street School. After a few months,  the family moved to Glenferrie Road, Malvern, where Eliezer opened his first Australian business: a fruit shop. There, during WWII he had to display a sign stating that enemy aliens owned the store.


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L-R: Maurie, Zelda, Norman and Leslie Kayman,
Malvern, Australia, 1942.

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Eliezer at his second café on Elizabeth Street,
near Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, cir 1950s
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During this period, Eliezer taught himself English by reading newspapers and copying the words in the newspaper margins. To help him remember, he would compile long lists of English words, which he would keep on hand to refer to.

In 1950, Eliezer sold his fruit shop and bought a café on Elizabeth St, near Franklin Street, Melbourne. Later he sold that café and bought another similar business further along Elizabeth Street, near Lonsdale Street, which he ran until he retired in 1961.


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