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Vladimi­r and his family (Jirina his wife, and Marcella his daughter) found asylum in Australia following the 1968 Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Their first port of call was the Bonegilla migrant camp in Victoria where they spent two months learning English before moving to the migrant hostel in Broadmeadows, Melbourne. Vladimi­r got his first job in a small ceramics studio in Melbourne. He then moved to Sydney where he worked for ACI Glass designing patterns for glassware. He met Mrs Anne Dybka, whose husband Rudolf had a ceramics studio in Parramatta. They started Studio Dybka Tichy and moved to a larger studio in North Parramatta. Here Vladimi­r designed many architectural murals including works for the first Centrepoint Tower Building, the Macleay College building in Foveaux Street, the interior of St Paul's Catholic Church in Albion Park, and a large mural for the Orange Ex-Services' Club. When he retired he continued to work from a small studio in his house.

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