Rosanna Grattan
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John Frank Christina
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My great grandfather John Frank Christina went to Australia in about 1914 from New Zealand.He originally came from Austria(Northern Italy) and immigrated to NZ in 1868, where he naturalised in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tonia (from NAA) Mar 20, 2012.


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At 10:58 on March 19, 2012, Tonia (from NAA) said…

Hello Rosanna

It is possible that your great grandfather may have been interned as an alien during WWI.  When war broke out in 1914, the government enacted legislation that allowed them to hold citizens of enemy countried in internment camps.  However, internment was not applied universally.  Some enemy aliens merely had their movement restricted and they were only required to report weekly to police. 

Your great grandfather was naturalised in NZ in 1884, however, the local authorities may or may not have recognised his NZ/British citizenship. 

The National Archives of Australia holds records relating to the internment of aliens during WWI and WWII, and if your great grandfather was interned, we may have a record relating to him.  I recommend you submit an inquiry to our National Reference Service using the online form at  One of our reference officers will search the collection on your behalf.



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