I am looking for any information about my father John Fredrik Myhre, a Norwegian seaman who arrived in Adelaide in January 1965. In his latter years he lived in a seaman’s mission in Fremantle. He died on 1st March 1984 aged 62, although his age was registered as 65, and is buried in Fremantle cemetery. His Norwegian relatives received a letter from him in 1978 advising that he was in Australia but heard nothing more from him.

I am interested to know anything about his life in Australia, at some stage he gave up going to sea and became a labourer.

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Jean,   I did a search on Record Search on this NAA site to check for his Naturalisation Papers but couldn't find any listing - he must have been naturalised because he is on the electoral roll

There is however a record for him for WW2 Service which is not online as yet but can be requested for a fee

MYHRE JOHN FREDERICK : Service Number - WX14367 : Date of birth - 31 Aug 1919 : Place of birth - NARVIK NORWAY : Place of enlistment - CLAREMONT WA : Next of Kin - MYHRE ELSA

His arrival is listed in Adelaide (South Australia) on the ship Barranduna on 6th January, 1965 but he was obviously here previous to that if he enlisted in WW2 - if he was a seaman then he would not be listed on any passenger index

Also he is listed in the 1977 and 1980 Electoral Rolls living in Fremantle in Western Australia - I can get the addresses for you if you need them -  many of the South Australian electoral rolls are not online so it is possible he may have lived there for a while

Note his birth date is 1919 (not 1922) according to his war record

Bit more info on his war service on the Nominal Roll from the Australian War Memorial Site


Details of his Award


National Archives Record search link if needed



Thank you so much Elizabeth. I have only discovered my Norwegian relatives this year, I’m now 65, and found out a little about my father’s family. Elsa was his younger sister and they had an older half brother. Following the death of their mother, her third husband literally put the three children on the street. Ralf, the older boy was 18 and old enough to go to sea, my father was only 16 so lied about his age, hence the discrepancy in his date of birth. Their sister Elsa was only 13 at the time. Sadly, we were too late to meet her as she died in January this year just before I made contact with our half cousin.


Jean,  I don't know if this person is connected to your Father but he is also buried in Fremantle Cemetery

Kare Johan MYHRE  died 1975 aged 51 years - he was also born in Norway and arrived in Australia in 1948

info found in Metropolitan Cemetery Board Records in Western Australia and his arrival & ships name is listed in NAA Record Search if you want to check it out (link in previous message)

I am checking the addresses that your Father John lived in for 1977 & 1980 and will post them tomorrow (Electoral Rolls in WA)

MHYRE is an unusual name here in Australia so I thought he might be related somehow as buried in the same cemetery


Thank you Elizabeth, I will ask my Norwegian relatives if they know of a Kare Johan Myhre as I understand our grandparents had several children, so he could of been a cousin. I wonder if Kare has any living relatives.

Unfortunately I never knew my father and have long wished to know what happened to him. It seems that he had returned to Larvik on ship leave after our parents divorced. This was between 1953 and 1962 when his family assumed he travelled to Australia.

I have tried contacting the sailors mission in Fremantle but as they never replied assumed they have no records.

Thank you again for all your help.


Jean,   I have found some more very interesting information for you on your Father so I will send you a friends request with my email address so I can send it by email as I don't want to post it all on this forum



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