I was recently approached by Rosalie Clark, who is doing her PhD in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in South Africa. She is looking for stories from South Africans in Australia, particularly around South Africans who have made return visits to South Africa within the last 10 years. She is interested in how these visits to places of personal significance – e.g. a family home, a school, a holiday place – impacted you and how you recorded the story of these visits.
If you’re interested, here is a note from Rosalie and her contact details.
I emigrated to Sydney in 1999 and spent 14 fun years living there. While I loved the lifestyle and the Aussie sun, I became aware of a parallel need to remember the important times and places of my South African home. I became increasingly aware of the dual identity I had as South African and as Australian.
I returned to South Africa in 2013 and am currently doing research as part of my PhD in Cultural and Heritage Tourism. I am researching the impact return trips to South Africa have on people who have migrated to Australia.
I would love to hear your stories. I am sure there will be lots I can relate to. I believe these stories are worth sharing as the South African diaspora grows.
If you would like to join the discussion please contact me. It will include a chat with me where you tell me about your last visit home, where you went and how it impacted you. I can send the questions before hand so you can see what it would entail.
A brief bio on me – I’m 46 years old and currently Head of History at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg. And I love South Africans – wherever we find ourselves.
My email is: RosalieClarke1@gmail.com
My mobile: +27 82 519 0461