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Scheyville, 1960: Myriam's friends, Willie, Maya, Helen etc.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Scheyville, 1960: Myriam's friends, Willie, Maya, Helen etc. Reply with quote

Myriam is looking for Dutch friends she knew, in Scheyville, 1960/1961.
Myriam is Belgian and her parents migrated to Australia in 1960. They were in Bonegilla camp and then were sent to Scheyville where they stayed till it closed. They were accommodated near the Dutch people, in the blocks not far from the school. Her best friends were Dutch girls, Helen and Marion whose parents had left Indonesia, after experiencing the Japanese camps.

Helen's mother used to make those Dutch sweets, "Hopjes", on Wednesdays. Myriam liked them very much! They had a TV and Myriam was allowed to watch Rin Tin Tin, with Helen.

There were also Willie, Maya and Dinnie, three sisters whose mother had died. They were alone with their father. They wereMyriam's very, very close friends. She writes:

"En zo heb ik mijn eerste nederlandse woorden geleerd en ik denk dat mijn liefde voor Holland stamt uit die tijd. Nou, mijn nederlands is niet zo goed maar ik heb het zo graag geleerd omdat ik een echte emetionele bond had met dit land en taal."

When Scheyville closed Myiram and her parents were sent to Villawood Hostel, where they stayed for two years and after much consideration, her parents decided to return to Belgium. Myriam was heartbroken.

Now, she is living in France and the rest of her family is living in Belgium (The southern part as they are Walloons).

They have lots of pictures and some films (Her parents used to film a lot at that time, in Australia) from that time and they watched them recently with the children and grandchildren.

Myriam writes: "It's quite funny (not the right word) to try to explain things that are unexplainable unless you experienced them yourself. But anyway, we pass on the message."

Myriam would like to find her freinds from back then and send them a copy of these films because they appear several times in the films and even more in the pictures.

(Myriam, now living in France, contacted me, Jo Mulholland (Was Joop Mul), after finding my report on my participation in the recent Scheyville 100 years celebration, on the site: Schoolfriends.

Can you help her?!? jo @ ozcloggie.com
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