|Last updated 1 June 2016|
Susan and Ab Schimmel migrated to Australia in 1970. They started their married life in Brisbane. The first month in a migrant hostel and a year in a flat. Land and a house were soon purchased. An old VW bus was bought in the first weeks and this brought us during our holidays from Sydney to Darwin. During the start-up period Susan worked as a nursing sister and Ab as a wood machinist. In one of our holidays we visited friends in the Northern Territory who worked there as lay missionaries. We liked the place and a year later we ended up in Port Keats where we stayed for two years. Susan worked there as a nursing sister and Ab as manual arts teacher and handyman.
Because Ab had no qualifications as a teacher, upon return to Brisbane he applied for a scholarship and was eventually accepted. After two years study and a short stint teaching in Brisbane a posting in Ingham, North Queensland was obtained. This is a small sugar growing town with a large Italian population. Three years were spend there and a transfer was applied for to Townsville. Because we did not want to go back to Brisbane, which had grown too much. In 1970 Brisbane was a big country town but this city had grown to be a modern city with all the consequences like too much people and heavy traffic. The house in Brisbane was sold and a new one designed and built in Townsville. This was in 1983.
We have two children. Paul Victor born 22 January 1977
and Luke Martin born 7 October 1982. At present both are working. Paul has
been working as a plumber in Townsville. He worked for the local
Honda motorcycle dealership assembling the bikes before being sold. He lived with his girlfriend for
four years and even proposed to her but the engagement broke off in August
2011. At the moment 2016 he moved to Melbourne to be a motorbike salesman.
Since moving to Townsville Susan has worked in several
nursing homes but retired from this several years ago and has a voluntary
job in a Vincent de Paul store selling and sorting donated goods. Ab has
been on long service leave most of 2002, now a retired manual arts
teacher from Thuringowa State high school. A photography hobby
grew to having a video business which specializes in wedding video's.
This closed in 2005. Ab has been a volunteer DJ at the local community
radio station presenting the Dutch, Jazz and Blues program. But lately
only presents a Jazz program. To be heard on the internet