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From Timor-Leste to Australia: Seven families, Three Generations Tell Their Stories Paperback – 1 August 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wild Dingo Press (1 August 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0987381105
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0987381101
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.22 x 20.32 cm
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Jan Trezise grew up in Springvale South where successive groups of refugees and migrants settled in the surrounding areas. This early experience informed a lifelong activism in support of refugees. After graduating from university, Jan taught in both primary and secondary schools, becoming a principal at Eumemmerring Secondary College in Hallam, and in 1995, the inaugural Principal of Gleneagles Secondary College in Endeavour Hills. In addition, she has been actively involved in her local community all her adult life. When the Enterprise Migrant Hostel was established in Springvale in 1970, she welcomed and supported refugees and migrants to settle into the local community, setting up a program which linked local families to migrant families living in the Hostel. In the 1980s, Jan was an elected Councillor of the City of Springvale and in 1983 became the first female Mayor of that municipality. In her role of councillor, Jan worked towards developing policy to support a harmonious multicultural community. In 2002, Friends of Ermera was formed in the City of Casey to assist the people of East Timor in rebuilding their nation following many years of occupation and devastation. Jan became the President, a position she held for 15 years. Following consultation with the leaders in the District of Ermera, the group has focused on education and training programs for the people of the District. Many families from East Timor, who initially came to Australia as refugees or migrants have settled in the City of Casey. Jan has developed close links with many of these families and has played a key role in interviewing the families for this project.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best education
By Dr. Robert Rich on 8 August 2018
Before even starting to read, I was impressed. This book, published by Wild Dingo Press (a publisher that focuses on stories that make a difference), is the end result of a high school project. What a terrific concept!
Read this very powerful starting quote: “I would like to ask you young people who are interviewing me today and will write my family story, that when you grow up, please love each other. Listen to each other and understand each other, have sympathy. If you don’t, you will have an enemy everywhere you go and you will not be helped.
“I am not wise––I just have experiences in life. So thank you for listening to me.”
This wonderful man shows true wisdom in many places, e.g., “Despite the awfulness of those times, I consider myself to be fortunate to have lived through them.”
The students interviewed seven families. Some chose to write poems instead of prose, but clearly, regardless of the form, they were faithful scribes. In simple words, which are all the more powerful for being simple, they bring a culture to life, one that few Australians will be familiar with.
Not only is this education at its best, but it is enjoyable and interesting reading.
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