My feet have just touched ground after a long anticipated journey to Australia, a country that I have always heard so much about through out my life. My father grew up there and returned to England in his twenties. I believe he always wanted to return but never had the opportunity, even for a holiday.
As an anniversary and birthday celebration my long suffering husband and I embarked on this voyage of discovery! I had always intended to see where my father had lived and went to school in Melbourne, and I was welcomed to his old school, Trinity Grammar, Kew, Melbourne, and taken on a tour of the old building just before the original assembly hall and class rooms were replaced by more user friendly new ones. Timely or what?!
Earlier in the year I posted about my Grandmothers art work in Melbourne Victoria Read here. and I asked if anyone in Australia had a painting of hers, well I was in luck!
Lo and behold I was contacted on my way out, by a very kind art lover who said his family had bought a water colour by Bess Golding in the 1920’s and it had hung on the family home wall until the 70’s and still remains in the family. It was lovely news, especially as it is hanging on the wall next to one of her contemporaries Australian water colour artist, Harold Herbert, who she much admired.
Everyone was so kind and helpful through out this personal expedition, and had time to spend helping me find a bit of my past. I have fallen in love with Australia, but whether I will ever return is doubtful, even with modern travel the journey is long but worth it!