Bonegilla, Scheyville, Villawood, Matraville - hostels I lived in.  by MrJoop
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The National Parks and Wildlife Service organised a “reunion day”, some time ago, on the site of the former migrant hostel, in Scheyville.
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The SBS TV program: “Immigration Nation”, has me thinking even more (Is that possible?) about the immigration experience and……………
………..how pleasant it would have been to have met up with some fellow Dutch-born immigrants who passed through the hostel, in Scheyville, in the mid-fifties.
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There WERE lots of groups of people sitting in the shade, under the trees getting together.
The day looked very successful.
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It’s just that I did not run into any “Dutchies”, there.
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Talking about what it was like and how it’s gone since then, is such a fun thing to do!
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There should be so much more of it before we kids who arrived in the fifties get to be less mobile.
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It’s pleasing to report that about a year or so ago, I was one of these ‘kids’ from the hostel, in Pozieres Ave, Matraville, who were invited to have a party and reminisce.
Our parents, who’d been in their 20s, 30, +, in the mid-fifties, had all got to know each other in that hostel and had become friends.
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Who’s up for a reunion???!!!

In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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