HOW I BECAME AN AUSTRALIAN
I am recalling the years after the Second World War, my time as a Prisoner of War and my later migration as an unskilled labourer to Australia. Especially for the younger generations I also include some historical background.
I shall take you back to pre-war Germany, to prison camps in England, recall my migration to Australia and later as an Australian Accountant to South Africa, with a final return to Germany.
Coming from a Hamburg Taxation Department, I chose a radical change of life to first become a construction labourer, then a miner, and later a stockman, before I went back to town to become Office Manager and later qualified as an Accountant (A.A.S.A. and C.P.A.). I met many different people in the outback of Australia, in offices and head offices in Adelaide, Durban and in Germany and of course, socially in lodges and as friends in the many places where we (my wife and I) came to stay for a few days or perhaps years.