Jan Haggart's Stories
I was born in Carshalton, Surrey.
I went to primary school at the Catholic school in
Morden and then to high school at The Ursuline Convent,
Wimbledon. I was evacuated to St. Helens in Lancashire in 1943
and remained there for two years, a most unhappy time.
We have lived in Australia since I was fourteen years of age, I am
64 now and have always considered moving to Australia just
another forcible removal from what I loved. The first I knew of our
planned emigration was when my dad told me we were going to
move to Australia about 3 or 4 weeks before we sailed. I
remember being extremely homesick for some time.
I have three grown children and ten grandchildren, who are all
thoroughly Australian and would never want to live anywhere
else now, but I still remember the time just after our arrival in
Sydney and how miserable I was.
Some years ago I studied counselling and did a major
assignment on child migrants, who of course had no choice
about where they wanted to live. I talked to quite a number of
people who had had the same experience and found they all had
similar memories to mine.