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FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

2: The tales of Esther Katz | Name: Esther Katz Birthday: unknown Country of birth: Potchefstroom, South Africa Cultural background: South African-Jewish

3: The reason why she left was because she got married to her husband, Julian, and they had kids. Julian had enough and said, " “we’re getting out”. Her husband was strongly against the government and the apartheid system. In the end, they basically did not want to raise their children up in South Africa.

4: South Africa, was officially the Republic of South Africa. It is a country located at the southern of Africa. It is divided into nine provinces and has 2,798 kilometres of coastline. South Africa is a very multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation that has a vast amount of diverse cultures and languages.

5: There is eleven official languages that are recognised in the constitution of South Africa. Two of these languages are of European origin: South African English and Afrikaans, which is a language that originated mainly from Dutch that is spoken by the majority of white and Coloured South Africans.

6: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

7: South Africa During the period that Esther was situated in South Africa, an Apartheid system was in place. Apartheid is an Afrikaans word for a system of racial segregation which is enforced through legislation by the National Party governments. They were the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, of South Africa. When you translate Apartheid, it literally means 'the status of being apart'. Apartheid was developed after World War 2 by tan Afrikaner-dominated National Party and Broederbond organizations. There were basically four racial groups that you could be put into which were native, white, coloured, and asian. Apartheid was the spark at lit a bush fire. There were significant internal resistance and lots of violence.

8: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.

9: A few things Esther brought with her.

11: Our Journey

12: Esther had three children while she was in South Africa. And her husband was a doctor, even before they got married. This meant that they traveled a lot for his job, even to England. Her husband was trying to look for another job in London after they had made they decision to get out of South Africa. After his failed attempt to get back into London, they recommended that he should apply for a position in Melbourne, Australia. He then got the job. The move was paid by the hospital in Australia. Her family were very well taken care of.

13: Our Journey

14: Esther traveled over the Dominion Monarch. There was segregations based on gender. Esther and her three daughters shared one cabin which was rather cramped. Her husband, Julian, was on the other side of the boat but would try to sneak a visit here and there. Esther would cut pieces of crepe paper for her daughters as costumes because there would be a big fancy dress party held on board. The whole trip took around two weeks. She still to this current day, has the tickets used and the suitcases. Julian used to be in the army, so he had many friends all over the world. He had contacted his old friend, Jack Guild. When Esther and he family arrived to Melbourne, the whole of Jack Guild's family was there, waiting to meet them. Jack and his family helped out a lot and at least one member of their family came to visit every single day with food. Esther lived in a good neighbourhood, because since day one, they came to visit her and her family. She had good friends from day one.

15: Our Journey

16: Esther lived in a government house in Kew, Melbourne, which was surrounded by rows of identical houses. Their house was behind the mental hospital where all the other psychiatrists and doctors lived. He life was like an adventure in Melbourne, not a day was dull. Her children attended the local school which was so close and convenient that they did not have to cross the road. Esther was a good parent and was always there at home when he kids came home from school, her kids never came home to an empty house. Esther really loved her life in Melbourne as well as her family. Esther's husband has been a great contributor to the health system in hospitals around Melbourne as he has been referred from place to place for his great skills.

17: Our Journey | The Journey

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