Country dude trying to make it in the city

Brandon Melton arrived at Macquarie Uni over a year ago from Cowra with little more than $14 in the bank and a couple weeks' worth of rent, having never flown on a plane or even caught a public bus before. “My first time catching the 545 - the bus driver yelled at me to get out... Continue Reading →

Checkmate

Born and bred in Eastwood, 22 year old Jack Rodgers has both brains and brawn. If he looks familiar, it may be because of his cameo on Home & Away at the age of 3, back in the days when there was casting done from Eastwood’s Masonic Hall. Aside from his day job as a... Continue Reading →

Eastwood’s couching tiger, hidden dragon

World judo champion Hao Wang migrated from Northern China to Sydney with his wife in 2015, but life wasn’t all smooth sailing. “When I first arrived into Australia, everything was tough. I spoke little English and faced difficulties adapting to a culture that is a stark contrast to mine. I knew nobody and nobody knew... Continue Reading →

R U Ugly?

I taught mathematics at the University of Sydney for over 30 years. I always encouraged my students to come and see me first if they had any problems (so they don't go jump over the harbour bridge). So many of them came to me with their personal issues. One time, a student came to my... Continue Reading →

The way we met

Esther: "I had just arrived from Brisbane, and was coming to the Eastwood Hotel quite often with my friends to chill out after work. It was one cold chilly night in October and I was wanting the outdoor heater turned on. But it was broken and kept switching off. So we had to get the... Continue Reading →

Eastwood boys through and through

Seb: We are Eastwood boys through and through, born and raised in 2122. Went to the schools here St. Kevin's Eastwood, Marist Eastwood, and play soccer for Eastwood St Andrews - the greatest club in the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association. I'm Mr Eastwood. When I die, I want them to scatter my ashes at Eastwood.... Continue Reading →

My life in three countries

I’m Galyna. I was born in Russia and lived in that country during my childhood and youth. They were terrible years, two world wars and years of destruction, hunger and poverty. When I finished high school, my mum was very ill. I finished a short course to be a nurse, and started work at a... Continue Reading →

A Second Life

I wasn't religious before I migrated to Australia. There were few Koreans in Sydney back then and my life was very gloomy. I was worried about the different language, culture and people, and how to adapt to a new life in Australia. It was like transplanting an old tree, full of dangers. One day I... Continue Reading →

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