Giuseppe & Anna Sartore
|First name||Giuseppe & Anna|
|Country of Origin||Italy|
|Date of Birth||1913 & 1914|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1947|
|Submitted by||Firmino Sartore|
At the end of the war in 1945 my Dad returned to Turin from prison of war camp in Germany, and after some time back at his old job decided to go to a new country.
My mother remembered she had an uncle in Australia and in due course made contact. He was able to sponsor us to go to Ingham in North Queensland. At 7years old I had no idea of what to expect nor did my parents but all were happy to try a new place.
Our journey started with a 3-day train ride from Turin to Naples to board a ship called Toscana. The voyage to Sydney lasted for 30 days and as a young boy I enjoyed every day, not so much Mum & Dad as the accommodation was in separate dormitories, but the food was good so all in all the voyage was good.
We entered Sydney harbour at dawn on a rainy day in 1947 and spent one night in a fleea-infested hotel room before boarding a train for again a 3-day trip to Ingham. At some point the train stopped and we were invaded by mosquitoes.
My Mum & Dad became proud hard-working Australians remembering the old country but happy to live in and integrate into the new.
My parents lived to see 3 grandchildren but not 4 great-grandchildren, as for myself after 64 years it may be time to visit the land of birth for one time.