Karien Dekker, Thornbury

"I was teaching social planning … I've gotten used to the Australian-English accent but in my first weeks I had real trouble understanding some of the [students], especially those from regional Victoria." "Because I do so much research about how disruptive migration can be for your networks, I was very much aware of the dangers." … Continue reading Karien Dekker, Thornbury

Jocelyn, Brunswick

'He decided to improve his English by reading Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.' In this episode we meet Jocelyn from Brunswick, whose father migrated with his family from The Netherlands. Listen to the interview here. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. A rare photograph of the family photographer, Jocelyn's father, Kees. Next episode: We meet … Continue reading Jocelyn, Brunswick

Lori Cucinotta, Preston

‘Going to Japan helped me come out of my shell’. In this episode Sharon interviews Lori Cucinotta from Preston. If you haven’t heard Sharon’s interview with Lori’s mother, Rosa Cucinotta, listen to that interview first. Listen to the interview with Lori at Podbean. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. Next episode: Jocelyn, Brunswick For Season … Continue reading Lori Cucinotta, Preston

Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

'From the moment I stepped foot in this country, on this land, I fell in love'. In this episode Sharon meets Rosa and Lori Cucinotta, in Rosa's kitchen in Preston. Lori interprets as Rosa tells her story. Listen to the podcast at Podbean. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. Rosa as a young woman Two … Continue reading Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

"Australia gave me a second chance at realising my potential." An audio snippet from this interview with Heather Anne:  Heather Anne, could you start by giving us a sense of a typical day for you? A typical day for me since recent illness forced me to slow down a bit would be getting up rather … Continue reading Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

Hermine, Westmeadows

“They were not very nice to us, I must say, the Australians. They used to call us all names. We were all ‘Nazis’, you know, coming here from Germany.” An audio clip from this interview with Hermine: So, what is a normal day like for you? I sit here, I do some cooking and do … Continue reading Hermine, Westmeadows

Jose Luis, Preston

"Life is less social here. Not because Spanish people are more social by character but because of how we live in big cities. Here we all have our own separate houses. In Spain, if you live on the fourth floor of an apartment building, and there are four apartments on each floor, you have to … Continue reading Jose Luis, Preston