Harmony Week brings together Australians from different backgrounds.

It is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls our nation home – including Carinity Brownesholme residents who were born overseas.

Gurtruda (Trish) was born in Holland and moved to Australia when she was seven. She has been everywhere in the world, but Australia is home. Her husband Graham moved to Australia from England at the age of 29.

German-born Valerie came to Australia as a toddler. Her father’s mandate was “that we only spoke English and embraced the Australian culture”. Valerie’s father was Hungarian, her mother Polish, and her grandparents Czechoslovakian.

Hailing from Birmingham in England, Rosie came to Australia by ship in 1956 with the vessel docking in Melbourne. Rosie says, “I am Australian and I love the place to bits.”

Harmony Day (March 21) coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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