New life new country
Fatma Coskun came from a small village amongst the mountains of Corun. However, financial hardships drove her and her husband to Australia to start a new life.
In a small village amongst mountains and valleys in Corum, I was born as the seventh child of poor farmers. Because my father did not have the opportunity to go to school, he sent my two older brothers to the city to go to school. With my twin sister, we went to the city to look after them.
I didn't go back to the village. I got married. We lived with my husband's family. Then we decided to move out. We were having a lot of financial hardship, because of the cost of living. We decided to migrate to Australia.
After waiting three years, we were very happy to hear, that it was our turn on the waiting list. When we went to the village to say goodbye to my family, my mother and father were very sad to hear the news. We became even more sad when my father, with tears in his eyes, said "I wish I could help you. Go work hard and be happy".
It is impossible to forget the look on his face. On the 5th August 1972, when we went to the capital city Ankara, for final visa processing, the officer said to us "I'm very sorry. By mistake we called you instead of another family with the same surname". My husband and I were shocked. Our two sons were unaware of anything and just looking at us. We thought, how can we go back? Because we had sold everything and didn't have anything other than our suitcases. We said to them, "Please don't send us back".
After waiting a couple of hours they called us in. We were told, "Your process has been completed and you are flying out tomorrow". My husband was over the moon. We were in Melbourne within 24 hours. I was very anxious. "What was going to happen in the future".
On the second day of arrival, we started to work. And our daughter was born. Because we were working we did not have any financial problems. We could afford everything we wanted. Time flew and twenty years went by. Then we invited my father, and mother to visit us in Australia. They liked it here very much. They did not want to leave. When my father was going back, he said "Daughter, I wish you had invited us 20 years ago. How beautiful this country is. We would live here, we would not go back".
We had no problems anymore. Our children got married. We have two grandchildren. We are very happy. We love Australia very much.
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Story education resources
Education Museum Victoria: Drama and Cultural Diversity
These resources for Years 2 - 12 students focus on immigration and cultural diversity through drama based activities. School-based activities are provided for before or after an excursion to the Immigration Museum , or may be used as an additional resource for teaching immigration and/or cultural diversity themes in classroom programs.
Education ACMI Generator - Immigration Stories
Diverse digital stories about the immigrant experience in Australia.
Immigrants who arrived in Australia from countries as varied as Ethiopa, Italy and Vietnam describe the sacrifices made, the experience of arriving in a new country and how immigration impacts on the next generation. Each digital story and theme is accompanied by education resources suitable for VELS 4-6.