Gina Sinozich was born in Senovik, a small village in Istria in 1928.
During World War II her father and brothers fought at the frontline while Gina and her mother remained at home facing the harsh impact of war on the homefront. After moving to Rijeka, Gina met and married Eugen Sinozich, who was a member of the Yogoslav partizans, the main anti-fascist resistance movement, which fought against the occupation of Yugoslavia by Axis forces during World War II. From 1945, Croatia was giverned by the Communist regime of Josip Broz Tito.
Life was very difficult, with endless, daily queues for necessities. Dreaming of a better life for themselves and their children, that wasn't subject to the harshness and brutality of war and the oppression of Communism, Gina and Eugen secretly migrated to Italy in 1956 and then Australia in 1957.