First in an occasional series in which PNG Attitude's most prolific contributors profile themselves and their backgrounds....
MY FATHER CAME FROM Waterford in the southeast of Ireland. He was a bootmaker and cobbler in the family tradition. My mother was a country girl from Suffolk in England. They met and married in England at the end of World War II.
I was born in Oxford in 1948 where my father was working at the Morris Motor Factory. We then moved to Suffolk, where my maternal grandparents were farming.
We migrated to Australia in 1956, partly because of my poor health and after a brief stint in a migrant hostel settled in Elizabeth, a new ‘satellite’ town just north of Adelaide in South Australia. Elizabeth was full of ‘ten-pound poms’ who were encouraged to live there to provide workers for the new factories like General Motors Holden.