‘I had a happy childhood’

Jacques van der Merwe artist. Immigrant Portrait of Samoa
Jacques vdMerwe artist. Sculptor, visual art, fine art

D.O.B. // 1961
DATE INTERVIEWED // 13-12-2012
COUNTRY OF BIRTH // SAMOA
COUNTRIES LIVED // SAMOA, NEW-ZEALAND, SAMOA, AUSTRALIA
DATE OF ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA // 01-01-1981
KIND OF ENTRANCE // IMMIGRANT

Sonẽ came to Australia via New Zealand in 1981. She visits Samoa frequently. Sonẽ is married to Vahid Eshragi.

I was born in Apia, Samoa. I had a happy childhood and I remember my grandparents and my extended family.  Samoans have very big families, extended families. There were at least fifty people in our household. That is the nuclear family in Samoa.

I came to Australia through New Zealand. I did my high school in New Zealand and stayed there for five years with family. I went back to Samoa after I finished high school.

This was common because previously Samoa was under New Zealand. So they had this opportunity to further education to gain scholarship to go over there.

I met my husband on the road in Apia.  (Laughter)

 came to Australia via New Zealand in 1981. She visits Samoa frequently. Sone is married to Vahid Eshragi.

I was born in Apia, Samoa. I had a happy childhood and I remember my grandparents and my extended family.  Samoans have very big families, extended families. There were at least fifty people in our household. That is the nuclear family in Samoa.

I came to Australia through New Zealand. I did my high school in New Zealand and stayed there for five years with family. I went back to Samoa after I finished high school.

This was common because previously Samoa was under New Zealand. So they had this opportunity to further education to gain scholarship to go over there.

I met my husband on the road in Apia.  (Laughter)