Peter reflects on the immigration debate
THE child of immigrant parents, Hamilton man Peter Jensen’s family came to Australia with nothing apart from two trunks of belongings.
His family fled the aftermath of the Second World War in Copenhagen, Denmark, sailing in an old ship ‘Largs Bay’ to reach Australia.
They left with mixed emotions.
Peter’s mother described her feelings in a diary written on January 15, 1957, the first day on board the ship that was to become their home for the next two months.
“We wave Denmark goodbye and I tell you Denmark waved back, the boat rolling up and down and from side to side. I have never dreamt of such a thing, but we all managed the seasickness, only Peter vomited, maybe because he shares his cabin with somebody else, who couldn’t manage the seasickness. George fell down on the deck and hurt his shoulder, because a big sea wave hit the ship, but he was lucky enough to stay on board, thank God,” his mother wrote.