WHEN Jane Belfield (1932-2013, pictured) arrived in Australia on a migrant ship in 1954 at the age of 19 she was living her dream of travel and adventure.
That she was pregnant with her first child and travelling alone, with her husband obliged to follow later on a Merchant Navy ship, she took in her stride – as she did with the many hurdles in her life.
She was to travel extensively over the course of that life; living almost half of it in Papua New Guinea, forging an enviable career, and acquiring countless friends and admirers along the way.
Newly married, she’d given up a cherished position as an editorial assistant in London to travel across to the other side of the world and live on a sheep farm in Western Victoria. But writing was always her first love, and she fulfilled a lifelong ambition when she graduated in journalism in the late 1960s.