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Frank's Diary
11.2.50 Grand morning, clear sky, warm sun.....passed Gibraltar, saw porpoises...."
Frank and Ada Flowers and their four daughters migrated to Australia under the £10 pom scheme and they arrived in Melbourne in March 1950. Their brother Donald sailed on the ship “TSS Cameronia” from Glasgow. He was required to stay in England to finish his two year compulsory national service in the air force. He joined the family in 1951. The Flowers family lived with their sponsored family on a berry farm at Wandin Yallock, Victoria, for a short time.

"It was a real culture shock; we had never seen an outside “dunny” let alone used one and there were only rain water tanks. Water was scarce at that time and we had to use the same bath water as other family members. The bathroom was outside in a shed along with two troughs for washing clothes. Frank and Ada bought a poultry farm in Croydon, (very different from being in the Navy during the war, and after working in the Foreign Office in London). They provided fresh eggs to the local grocer shop as well as the Egg Board, they also grew dahlias which were sold to the florist shop. The farm was eventually sold, and Frank worked in several jobs eventually finishing up selling real estate.
Ada was the kind of lady who liked to work outside the home and also be independent. She had several jobs to help with expenses.

They eventually retired to Umina, NSW due to Frank’s ill health. After Frank passed away Ada stayed for several years and then due to her frailty, returned to Melbourne to be closer to family members. Ada passed away in 1998 at Amaroo Nursing home in Ringwood aged 92.

Many things have happened since we migrated from the UK in 1950 and originally settled in Victoria. Our family is now scattered over many parts of Australia; last count there was about 62 of us; including husbands, wives, children, grand children, and great grand children.
 
My personal opinion is that the opportunities and life styles we have here in Australia could not have been achieved if we had remained in the UK."
This summary was placed on the “Asturius” website by Frank’s daughter Doris, who lives with husband Max in Perth WA. They are both retired and have three sons and one grandson.
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