here’s my wedding ring…August 27, 2009
I have always been interested in the stories that surround my parent’s immigration to Australia….this year the urge to know details has become even stronger. I did a workshop at the Immigration Museum recently, and found out the name of the boat they came out on – the General Howse. The National Archives have sent me the microfilm pages of my dad’s papers. There’s a photo of him and everything. I learnt that Bonegilla – the migrant camp where they stayed when they first arrived, is open to the public. When I get a chance I will go and have a look.
One of the stories that captures my imagination is the one where Dad’s mum sent my mum her wedding ring to welcome her to the family – even though she had never met her. In my journal I pictured it being sent in the mail. Mum since tells me it actually came with Dad’s sister when she came to Australia….
(Remember the Student Nurse book I found in the Op Shop – you can see it’s coming in handy now…)