'Mama taught be sewing'

Quilt by Marguerita Dobrinin

Emelia with husband Leonid and two children before leaving Harbin Emelia Dobrinin was born in Omsk to a miller. After the Russian revolution, she moved to Harbin, a predominantly Russian city now then in Manchuria. After suffering the privations of Japanese occupation during the Second World War, Emelia, her husband and two children, were offered passage to Australia thanks to STUMF. They settled with other Russians in Yarwun, a small Queensland hamlet near Gladstone, where they grew paw paws. Emelia made Russian pastries for the opening of Turn the Soil. Below is a quilt made by her daughter, Marguerita, who runs Gladstone's craft shop. The Dobrinin family with Russian neighbours in Queensland, Australia