“Interviewees’ testimonies bring historical interpretations to life. Recorded life stories are intensely private, often funny, and occasionally heartbreaking. Many of the English-born immigrant interviewees with whom we spent time talked frankly about their fears, expectations, and family separation anxieties.” Author Murray Watson looks at some of the rich data—and some of the surprises!—that social historians can unearth when they ask people to tell their own story.
“When we first told acquaintances that we intended to emigrate from the UK to Australia with our dog in tow, we had to contend with expressions of astonishment and disbelief. The less charitable people suggested it would be cheaper to shoot him. Our belief was that if we’d had children we’d have had to take them with us, so Odo was emigrating too, whether those people liked the idea or not.” Rachel Amphlett looks at the challenges and rewards of emigrating to Oz with a beloved pet.
In the second part of her guide to emigrating to Australia, Elizabeth Grey looks at housing, healthcare and other aspects of settling in – including those spiders!
To date over a million Brits have chosen to dodge the drizzle and head Down Under for a brighter life in a cheerier climate. Elizabeth Grey explains why, and what’s involved.
A handy list of expat expos around the world in 2011
How to cope with a life-changing move of going overseas.