How can I help?

How can I help?

Updated on Wednesday, January 11, 2017How can I help? By Sue Ellson I know from my own experience of life, that I have needed help from time to time. But it is not always easy for someone with my education, ability and persistence to ask for help. What I do know is that I don’t Read more about How can I help?[…]

New Year’s Resolutions for Newcomers

Updated on Thursday, December 29, 2016New Year’s Resolutions for Newcomers By Kathleen Alexander This article talks about: well formed outcomes describing and visualising goals resources needed and the benefits As I have lived in several different countries, I understand how moving to a new destination can be both exciting and daunting. That’s why the New Read more about New Year’s Resolutions for Newcomers[…]

Australian Citizenship Pledge

Australian Citizenship And What It Really Means

Updated on Wednesday, January 18, 2017Australian Citizenship And What It Really Means By Sue Ellson I was very honoured to be a conferree’s guest at Australia’s largest Australian Citizenship Ceremony held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on 19 June 2010. As a ‘refugee’ from Adelaide who moved to Melbourne in 1994, I could certainly relate to Read more about Australian Citizenship And What It Really Means[…]

How Do I Get Over Losing My Grandfather?

How Do I Get Over Losing My Grandfather?

Updated on Thursday, January 19, 2017How Do I Get Over Losing My Grandfather? By Sue Ellson Caroline’s question: On 23 March 2006, we received this question from Caroline (updated on 19 January 2017): How do you get over losing your grandfather? Sue’s response: Dear Caroline, Thank you for your question – it is interesting that Read more about How Do I Get Over Losing My Grandfather?[…]

The Value Of Having Friends - From The Perspective Of An Ex-Newcomer

The Value Of Having Friends – From The Perspective Of An Ex-Newcomer

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017The Value Of Having Friends – From The Perspective Of An Ex-Newcomer By Maureen I am of Asian origin and migrated to Australia from Singapore at the age of twenty-five. It seemed like a dream move. I had a secure job with an Australian bank and accommodation arranged before I arrived. Read more about The Value Of Having Friends – From The Perspective Of An Ex-Newcomer[…]

Moving Back To Melbourne From London

Moving Back To Melbourne From London

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017Moving Back To Melbourne From London By Jenny Five weeks before her thirtieth birthday, Jenny moved back to Melbourne after living in London for five and a half years. Here is her story… Five weeks ago, days before my thirtieth birthday, I returned to Melbourne after living in London for five Read more about Moving Back To Melbourne From London[…]

Australian Expatriate Returns To Brisbane After 12 Years

Australian Expatriate Returns To Brisbane After 12 Years

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017Australian Expatriate Returns To Brisbane After 12 Years By Heidi Willis After living in the UK for nearly 12 years, Heidi felt burnt out and homesick for her friends and family in Australia. This is her story of returning home to Brisbane… I am returning to Australia in two months after a Read more about Australian Expatriate Returns To Brisbane After 12 Years[…]

Living as a South African Emigrant in Perth

Living as a South African Emigrant in Perth

Updated on Tuesday, January 17, 2017Living as a South African Emigrant in Perth By Irene de Bruyn Moving from South Africa to Perth, Irene constantly finds herself comparing the differences and similarities of both cultures as she settles in to her new life. This is her story… Comparing Cultures I suspect it irritates the inside out of Read more about Living as a South African Emigrant in Perth[…]

The Story Of A Trailing Spouse

The Story Of A Trailing Spouse

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017The Story Of A Trailing Spouse By Ausra Larbey Packing up their children and their home, Ausra followed her husband from Australia to Norway and became a trailing spouse in the process. This is her story… I managed to become ‘a trailing spouse’ without realising it. Out of perpetual free Read more about The Story Of A Trailing Spouse[…]

Building A New Life In A New City

Building A New Life In A New City

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017Building A New Life In A New City By Sue Ellson Eleven years ago, Sue left her hometown of Adelaide and a large extended family to build a life of her own in Melbourne. This is her story… This month, it will be 11 years since I left my ‘home town’ Read more about Building A New Life In A New City[…]

Settling In To The Australian Lifestyle

Settling in to the Australian Life

Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017Settling In To The Australian Lifestyle By Stephen Kuhn Posted on the Americans Down Under Yahoo Group on 25 November 2004 and reprinted here with permission – the first part is the original post by Sue Ellson and the second part is a response by Stephen… You may be interested to Read more about Settling in to the Australian Life[…]

My Life Of Luggage As A Trailing Spouse

My Life Of Luggage As A Trailing Spouse

Updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2017My Life Of Luggage As A Trailing Spouse By Cheryl Ng Collett With a husband in the consulting business, Cheryl has packed up their belongings and moved around more times than she can count. This is her story… The phone rings and a voice on the other end tells my Read more about My Life Of Luggage As A Trailing Spouse[…]

A Chinese Migrant Finding Work In Australia

A Chinese Migrant Finding Work In Australia

Updated on Wednesday, January 25, 2017A Chinese Migrant Finding Work In Australia In November 2004, I was called on to provide some recruitment services for a friend and was very fortunate to interview Ms Tracy Nee. Unfortunately Tracy was not selected for the position, but since then, she has kept in touch, keeping me updated Read more about A Chinese Migrant Finding Work In Australia[…]

Returning to Outback Australia from the Middle East

Updated on Friday, July 10, 2015Returning to Outback Australia from the Middle East 03/11/2004 This story is very personal.  Of course, as you will see at the end, I have asked the author for their permission to publish it on the website.  It gives you a small taste of the types of queries we receive Read more about Returning to Outback Australia from the Middle East[…]

Online Forum Discussing Expatriate Life

Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015I feel it is important to publish this dialogue in a ‘website’ format so if you have not used online forums you can consider using them….they can be very supportive environments. Unfortunately, there seems to be a very low take up rate here in Australia. I have asked the group Read more about Online Forum Discussing Expatriate Life[…]

Returning Home to Australia with my Son

Updated on Friday, July 10, 2015Returning Home to Australia with my Son 01/03/2004 by Paolo Black We heard Paolo Black’s story read out on ABC Radio National on Monday 1 March 2004. His story captured our attention, so here it is for your enjoyment – obtained and published with Paolo’s permission. In 1980, when he Read more about Returning Home to Australia with my Son[…]

An American Woman Living in Australia

Updated on Saturday, August 15, 2015An American Woman Living in Australia 20/10/2004 by Maureen Whitaker This post has been reprinted with the permission of the author. It was posted on a very active Yahoo Group that we post on – Americans Down Under http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericansDownUnder/ ——————————————————————– Thanks for everyone who replied to my message. It is Read more about An American Woman Living in Australia[…]

A Poem About Moving

Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015A Poem About Moving 20/10/2004 by Rosemary Beavis   Moving is a death experience. Old props, old friends, old ways of doing things are gone and the barrenness is overpowering. It is like a seed falling into the dark earth. it lies there covered and one doubts if resurrection will occur. Read more about A Poem About Moving[…]

Expat Profile Kaz

Updated on Thursday, August 13, 2015Expat Profile Kaz    In the past                                            Now In the past My sister and I at Stephenson’s Falls, Marysville, Victoria, Australia Now Myself and some friends on top of Read more about Expat Profile Kaz[…]

Things I Miss About Australia

Updated on Monday, July 27, 2015Things I Miss About Australia 20/10/2004 by Saskia Growing up in Melbourne and now finding herself settled in to a life in America, Saskia still finds herself homesick for the quintessential reasons that many people call Australia home. This is her story…  There are countless things that I would love to Read more about Things I Miss About Australia[…]

Expat Profile Sue

Updated on Saturday, August 15, 2015Expat Profile Sue In the past                                                           Now   In the past:   Ellson’s Seaview Guest House on Kangaroo Island South Australia Read more about Expat Profile Sue[…]

Expat Profile Rita

Updated on Saturday, August 15, 2015Expat Profile Rita In the past                                                            Now In the past: Surrounded by mountains, lush forests and a beautiful lake… this is Read more about Expat Profile Rita[…]

Visiting Australia After Living Overseas

Updated on Monday, July 27, 2015Visiting Australia After Living Overseas 20/10/2004 by Saskia After moving overseas from Melbourne and raising a family and both Hong Kong and California, Saskia has now found peace with her life abroad and is content with the memories of her childhood home. This is her story… My husband’s youngest brother was getting Read more about Visiting Australia After Living Overseas[…]

Moving From Switzerland to Australia

Updated on Monday, July 27, 2015Moving From Switzerland to Australia 19/10/2004 by Irma Zimmermann After visiting Australia and discovering it’s varied lifestyle and cultural perks, Irma and her husband Oliver packed up their life in Switzerland and migrated Down Under. This is their story… Why did we decide to immigrate? There were many reasons, the main ones Read more about Moving From Switzerland to Australia[…]

Tips For Adapting To A New Culture

Updated on Monday, July 27, 2015Tips For Adapting To A New Culture 07/09/2003 by Ray Theron After 24 years of marriage, Ray found himself divorced, without a family home and facing an uncertain future. A timely reconnection from the past saw him pack up his life and start afresh on the other side of the Read more about Tips For Adapting To A New Culture[…]

Melbourne Through the Eyes of an Expat

Updated on Friday, July 10, 2015Melbourne Through the Eyes of an Expat 08/10/2004 by Martin Astl We met Louisa Williams back on 12 March 2002 after a referral from a Committee Member of the International Business Group of the Australian Institute of Management. On 8 October 2004, Louisa invited Martin Astl to submit his first Read more about Melbourne Through the Eyes of an Expat[…]

Creating A New Life In Australia

Creating A New Life In Australia

Updated on Wednesday, January 11, 2017Creating A New Life In Australia By Christine Carrington This story was prepared as a result of a request from the Editor of the Brits Abroad website who was calling for articles from British expats. Christine gave us her permission to publish her story here… This is our Perth, Australia experience if Read more about Creating A New Life In Australia[…]

Moving My Family from Buenos Aires to Australia

Updated on Friday, July 10, 2015Moving My Family from Buenos Aires to Australia 07/07/2004 by Silvana Ligouri Packing up her life and her family in Buenos Aires, Silvana moved to Australia with her husband to start a new life Down Under. This is her story… The day I arrived at Sydney airport my only thoughts Read more about Moving My Family from Buenos Aires to Australia[…]

Moving from the Country to the City

Updated on Friday, July 10, 2015Moving from the Country to the City 14/06/2004 by Sue Ellson Originally from Adelaide and with family on Kangaroo Island, Sue has enjoyed the ups and downs of both town and country life. This is her story… I recently met a woman whose husband died two years ago. Three months Read more about Moving from the Country to the City[…]

The Challenge Of Translating Afrikaans to English

Updated on Monday, July 27, 2015The Challenge Of Translating Afrikaans to English 19/09/2003 by Irene de Bruyn Irene posted this piece on the Home Sick South Africans Yahoo Group on 10 September 2003. She had written the article for the South African Club in Perth, Western Australia. We sought her permission to publish it here. Read more about The Challenge Of Translating Afrikaans to English[…]

One Cup of Coffee Syndrome

One Cup of Coffee Syndrome

Updated on Wednesday, February 8, 2017One Cup of Coffee Syndrome By Sue Ellson As many of our regular readers know, Newcomers Network subscribes to a variety of online email groups. Spousesview is an international Yahoo Group that is part of Tales from a Small Planet and we share reciprocal links with them. In June 2003, Read more about One Cup of Coffee Syndrome[…]

The Reasons I Love Sydney

The Reasons I Love Sydney

Updated on Monday, February 6, 2017The Reasons I Love Sydney By Marina You can make over $100,000 per year and still can’t afford a house. You never bother looking at the train timetable because you know the drivers have never seen it either. You order organic fruit and vegetables online, but eat out every night anyway. Read more about The Reasons I Love Sydney[…]

How Moving Overseas Changes You

Updated on Friday, January 27, 2017How Moving Overseas Changes You Packing their life in to storage and going out on a limb, Jon and his wife moved to South Africa to experience a whole new world. This is their story… Making the decision to move overseas was actually a pretty easy decision to make: I was in Read more about How Moving Overseas Changes You[…]

Learning to Drive Around Melbourne

Learning to Drive Around Melbourne

Updated on Saturday, January 14, 2017Learning to Drive Around Melbourne By Karen Reading the last email newsletter from Newcomers Network made me chuckle, as I recalled the situation my mother and I found ourselves in a couple of weeks ago. ‘Have Melways (printed street directory) will travel’ is basically my motto, and the concept of Read more about Learning to Drive Around Melbourne[…]

Staying Longer Than Expected in Australia

Updated on Saturday, August 15, 2015Staying Longer Than Expected in Australia 11/03/2003 by Lisa After leaving a life in America for her Australian husband, Lisa never expected that she would still be in Oz 10 years later. This is her story… First of all, I never thought I’d make it to year ten in Australia. Read more about Staying Longer Than Expected in Australia[…]