Many years ago I had the chance to go to Australia I had an uncle there who was in the royal navy during ww2. Hiis ship was badly bombed by the Japs and had to limp ashore to the nearest safe port which was in Australia. He rather than come back to Glasgow's infamous * Gorbals * decided at eighteen to stay where he spent the rest of his life.
Many years later in the very late sixties ,when he was well settled and had a grown family himself he invited me over on the assisted passage scheme, whereby if you had someone to sponsor you, you could go and settle in Australia permanently hopefully from their point of view, as they badly needed all kind of workers. My uncle even came over to Scotland to meet me, and we hit it off immediately.
All the papers were signed and I paid my fare *assisted *from around five hundred pounds down to about sixteen pounds.
If you returned within five years you had to pay the Australian Government back the subsidized amount. Just as I was ready at the starting chocks someone reminded me that I could have been called up within six months to fight in Vietnam, as many Australians went there. Not commonly known or remembered today or even then.
I checked this found it to be true, and immediately cancelled the whole thing pretty well broken hearted.
A few months later I WENT TO London where I met the true love of my life Bronwen and we have been together ever since 46/47 years in total. I am a firm believer all these things are worked out before we come here so there it was then my dream and now no more. Alistair PS I have had a great life since I met Bron but up to that point with my parents was the worst time of my life.
Last edited by Alistair Hosie; 02-05-2017 at 01:33 PM.
Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease