Initially Mum was very homesick. The journey had been hard, life in camp very difficult for her, they were always scraping to get by, Dad was not home much because he was working hard to get the family settled and ahead. Pressure and guilt flowed from family back in Germany. When her Father died, they sold up what little they had and went back. Three weeks later, Mum knew without doubt that her heart and their future lay in Australia. Dad’s boss, Ray Bowcock, had taken his measure and believed in him. He provided the assistance needed to come ‘home’ and the dignity needed to ‘work off the loan’. Once back, they knew this is where they belonged and where they wanted to be. They spent the rest of their lives involved in and committed to the local communities in which they lived, passionate ambassadors for Australia.

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