- Feddes, Fred
- PLACE OF BIRTH
- Groningen, The Netherlands
Fred’s parents began to actively explore the idea of emigration. In 1967 they visited their relatives who had migrated to Ontario, Canada. Under the guise of a summer holiday they investigated the options of moving there themselves. Two years later they decided to move to Australia.
As a devout Protestant family, they attended information evenings at the Protestant Christelijke Emigratie Centrale (CEC or Christian Emigration Center). The CEC had application centers and did the pre-selection in the Netherlands. Once selected the application file was sent to the Nederlandse Emigratie Dienst (Netherlands Emigration Service) and the Australian immigration officers, who did the final selection. The CEC also got them in contact with fellow church people in Australia who could offer practical advice and help.
The familie arrived Fremantle per Ellinis 7 April 1969
After a trip by train and bus of 5 days the family was housed at Glenelg Migrant Hostel read more
Fred remembers they were allotted a bedroom and a sitting area in Glenelgh Migrant Hostel. It was an interim stay for only a week while they waited for the house the church contacts had organised to vacate.
The rental house on Clapton Road that the church had found for them, belonged to an army man serving in Vietnam. When he returned early after being wounded, they had to move, and Fred’s parents bought a house on nearby Yarmouth Road.
Fred’s dad hoped to work with a radio station, but this did not happen. He ended up repairing radios as he had done in the Netherlands for Philips.
When Fred’s parents moved to Australia they intended to stay, but from the start they also regarded the NAMA two-year contract as a test period. Within six months they decided Australia was not the place they wanted to live permanently, and it would be better – if only for their children’s education – to return as soon as possible after the two-year period had ended. They started saving money for the return trip.
The family traveled by SS Australis, a sister ship to the Ellinis. Fred didn’t like the trip as much as he had done two years before. He felt less comfortable, and more conscious of the abrupt change.
Fred finished the School of Journalism in 1981 and was in involved in free lance writing.
Since 1985 Fred is journalist and publicist read more