Walter, 98 years
My greatest achievement - Getting out of the war alive and in one piece.
I have 5 children of my own and 2 foster children.
My saddest moment was when my wife died – 13 years ago
It was a large bay liner. 7 weeks on the boat. 150 kids. We came in to Fremantle. We were behind all these big boats. We had to wait for 4 days at least in the port. I met a man in Fremantle and he said "Are you in Sydney for the first time" and we said yes. And he said "make sure you tell Australians how bloody good they are!" This was good advice I thought! We first stayed in a camp, in the north shore near Linfield in an old air force base, filled with all sorts of people.
We were delighted in Australia, enough to know we did the right thing to move. It was difficult to get used to the temperature at first. And the teachers would call the headmaster by his first name – they would call across the playground "hey Don" – that amazed me. Calling your headmaster by his Christian name! We always called our headmaster "mister" in England.
I came to the Teachers College in ’82. The Queen came to the Teacher’s College, I had to escort her... She overstayed her time by three quarters of an hour."