Hi everyone, I see that a lot of people have written about their experiences in Bradfield Park. Mum Dad and me arrived in Melbourne in 1952. We went to Yallourn and were allocated a house here. Mum and Dad could not settle there and decided to move on to Sydney. Although I was only 6 years old I can still remember seeing Sydney Harbour Bridge for the first time and became quite frightened because I thought that you had to go over the arch!! It must have been Christmas because I also remember worrying that Santa would not find me because we had moved. Needless to say - I did not have to worry. We stayed for a brief period in Balmain, and somehow went to live in Bradfield Park Hostel. Most of the parents went out to work and I can remember having the Key round my neck.
I too attended Bradfield Park School, and I stayed there until we returned to Belfast in 1956 (because Mum never got over her homesickness) BIG MISTAKE!!! I had lots of great friends , and was devastated to leave them, but as I was only 10 I had no option. It has been great over the last year or so to be in contact with some of them, and I hope that more of them will discover the site. I would dearly love to visit Australia one of these days, and have a great big reunion with my bestest friends.
Below: Marie with her mother on the ship to Australia in 1952