Via Migration

Migration is part of my English, Belgian and Ulster heritage.  It is also part of my Australian life.

Migration is part of my husband's Italian heritage.

During my childhood, my family made a temporary migration every summer from provincial, central England to the coast of north Wales.  We lived in a tent for several weeks in a field on a farm, overlooking the sea.

In my teens, my family left the dilapidated cottage we rented in rural England.  We went to live in a basic holiday chalet in the Highlands of Scotland.  We inhabited the uninsulated chalet over an entire winter.

We then moved into a more solid rented house.  My parents never owned any property when I was growing up.  They never had a mortgage and we never seemed to have much money.

When my mother was a child, her family migrated from Shropshire to Staffordshire.  It was not a very long journey in geographical terms but it was a major upheaval in her parents' lives nevertheless.

When my father was a child, during the Second World War, he moved with his mother and younger brother from South Wales to London to Devon and then back to London.  His father had moved as a child from Northern Ireland to Devon.  His mother had grown up in London but her father's parents had migrated from Belgium.  After the war, my father and his family moved to Staffordshire.

I was a migrant again when I moved from the Scottish Highlands after finishing high school.  That was when I went back to Staffordshire and lived with my grandparents while studying at a technical college.

I then migrated from Staffordshire to London when I finished college, having been offered my first full-time job - at the BBC.

Winters in England are something I do not miss while living in Australia!  When I lived in London, I liked to travel to somewhere warmer every winter, whenever that opportunity arose.

I migrated from England to Australia when I married.  I am a migrant in Australia.  I was also a internal migrant in England. 

In Belgium, my ancestors migrated from Flanders to Brussels and then travelled on to London.  The family member from near Antwerp left the area before 1845.  The family member from Lier probably left there in the late 1860s.  My great, great grandparents arrived in London some time in the mid 1870s.

I met my husband in South America on one of those journeys.  His family, in earlier generations, migrated from Italy to Australia.

Migration is part of my husband's Italian and Australian heritage.  In Italy, some of my husband's ancestors left Viggiano in Basilicata in the late 1870s and early 1880s.  Another left later in the late 1880s, possibly escaping conscription.  Those leaving earlier became travelling musicians and small traders in Australia.

One of my husband's other ancestors left Lombardy before the First World War, possibly also escaping subscription.  He followed an uncle and an older brother to Australia.  Several younger siblings followed later.  They mainly established ice cream factories in Australia.

Other ancestors of my husband came from the Veneto region.  They came to Australia in the 1920s, escaping poverty, memories of war and confrontations with Fascism.

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