Nelly Gustavson’s father, Anton, barely escaped being sent to Siberia. Whether or not to leave Estonia was an easy decision for him. Eighteen-year-old Nelly was onboard the Walnut with her parents, Anton and Rosalie, her four-year-old little brother Peter, and sister Marie and her son Raagnar.
After arriving in Canada, the family moved to Ajax and finally settled in Toronto.
Eighteen year-old Nelly at the Pier21 immigration barracks - 1948.
From the left: Marie Valge (Gustavson), ? , Peter Gustavson, and Nelly Hubel (Gustavson) at the Walnut's 50th Reunion.
Nelly Hubel and Vivi Kivi became close friends during their time spend together.
"Walnut Voyage 1948 - Recollections from Nelly Hubel and Vivi Kivi"
If browser doesn't automatically download, watch video on YouTube. The music in the video is used with permission and is written and © by Dr. Roman Toi. "Armas Jeesus Õnnista" - directed by Rosemarie Lindau. Sung by Cantate Domino Choir - St. Peter's Toronto Evangelical Lutheran Church
Are you a Walnut passenger? A family member? Would you like to share your story? Please contact us, we'd love to add your memories to our collection.