Another wandering Russian - Ekatarina Vladimirovna Cheremisinov although I know of her only as Catherine V. Tscheremissinoff, granddaughter of Anna Vasilievna Truveller.
Born St Petersburg 1890. Graduated from university, St Petersburg, and received a gold medal for her efforts in learning French and Italian - she was already fluent in Russian and German. She apparently left S. P. (?1916) and went to friends in Shanghai for about 2 years and there learnt Chinese/?Cantonese. She left Japan (how long she was there is not known to me) and arrived in New Zealand (probably via Sydney) in mid-1919. She taught French at Grammar School Epson (Auckland) but soon shifted to "Sonnen" girls school, in Hamilton, teaching languages. By 1921 she was a qualified teacher at Wellington Girls school teaching French and drama. She also undertook a three year study at Victoria University of Wellington and gained a Batchelor of Arts in German and English - She did not learn English until arriving in N.Z.
She was close friend of the family of General Tarbeyeff who was in Wellington at that time.
However by 1928 she fell foul of NZ educational bureaucracy and perhaps jealousy by the other teaching staff. She left N.Z. for Melbourne where she taught for a short time before shifting to Sydney. I suspect she became a British citizen during this period. She left Sydney for England on 2/3/1931 intending to further her studies there. However, she learns of family and old friends in Paris and soon marries (17/10/1931) M. M. Arapov a Russian emigre and childhood friend who had property in the south of France.
Yes, Catherine was granted naturalization in Australia shortly before she left the country. I'll edit this to add the images I found.
I don't know a lot about Anna Truveller's children. I am aware of 7-- Nikolai 1868, Sergey 1871, Elisabeta 1874, Anna 1875,then three for whom I have no birth year information: Martha, Vladimir and Mikhail. For Vladimir, I have 3 children in addition to Catherine: Olga, Vladimir and Maria. Maybe there were more?
Reading about the Russian emigres in the South of France - there was a large number, mainly those caught up in the Salonika portion of the war in 1917-18 and on the signing of the treaty were repatriated by the French to Nice. It was also a staging post for the injured from southern Russia. Most refused to return to Russia in 1918-19. General Tarbeyeff was one of them. His daughter who was born in St Petersburg, was there until 1917 and experienced all of the revolution. However, she got permission to visit her injured brother in France and there married Onslow Benge of the New Zealand army. She came to NZ in 1919 and then brought her parents out from France in 1920. It is this family which were close friends of Catherine Tscheremissinoff. General Tarbeyeff died about 1927 in NZ. Catherine must have known all about the situation in the south of France.
check the blog "visiting family history" of Onslow Benge's grandson
Thank you for that, NZJ,what an interesting blog post.
I am wondering if perhaps Catherine and the General's daughter were at school together in St Petersburg. A bit more I've found online details Catherine's struggle to fight her dismissal and also the next leg in her journey.
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5 April 1932 "When she left Sydney for Europe last year it was Mlle. Tscheremissinoff’s intention to study for a time at the Sorbonne in Paris, and then proceed to England. Fate intervened. however, and she married an old friend, a cousin of her mother’s, who had also spent some time in New Zealand. Madame Arapoff is now living with her husband on a vineyard, “L’Azur,” Quartier des Moulieres, La Seyne sur-mer (Var). Madame Arapoff and her husband speak of visiting Australia at some future date, and will, assuredly, renew their many friendships in the sister Dominion across the Tasman Sea, if they make the long journey."
On this basis I am guessing she might be the second wife of M. Arapoff who had a winery on Waiheke Island, NZ and gained several prizes for their quality of grapes. He arrived in Marseille after leaving NZ and then Sydney (28/12/1928) on the "Commissaire Ravel". Travelled with probable son, Vladimir (by first wife)
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