The first exercise, set by Gwen, at Hazelhurst Art and Community Centre, was to copy one of her works. It hit the spot! It fitted in so well! Without pushing the theme too much ( Well! Maybe!), my parents and I migrated on what has been called ‘the wave’, in 1956. In other words, during the period when the largest numbers of Dutch people, worried about a third world war, about housing shortage and the future for the children, migrated to South Africa, Canada and Australia, in particular.
I have a mental picture of my parents and me (then 39, 39 and 12) riding into Australia, on the crest of that wave.
Since 2002, I have been judging beaches for the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge and one of the memorable presentations organised for me took place in the Manly Town Hall, when I was judging that beach.
One of the presenters and I had both had the experience of being taken to Manly Beach, not long after we arrived in Sydney, in the 50s.