My paternal grandma Emma was an amazing woman. Born in 1908 in Liverpool England, the youngest of four children. At the age of 13 she was allowed an exemption to leave school early and enter domestic service. Five years later she left her home country to immigrate to Australia on the “Vedic” arriving in Sydney in July 1926. The family settled in North Sydney and probably had one of the best views from their house of the Harbour Bridge as it was being built.
By the end of 1929 she had met and married my Grandad Jack. They eventually had 4 children but there were some tough times including the great depression and a period when my Grandad was out of work for a long time, and they lost one child at 18 months of age. In time, she became a grandma – a role which she excelled at. Emma was such a fun and energetic woman, feisty with a wicked sense of humour. She would take all 6 grand daughters out for the day – on her own! We would return to their street and she would say she was too tired to walk up the hill to the house and we would need to push her. It must have been quite something to see this 60 something woman with 6 young girls pushing her up the street – at break neck speed.
Sadly, she died after a terrible illness, at the way too young age of 66. Even though its many years ago now, we have such lovely memories of our Grandma.
PS she was our Pink Grandma and our other Grandma was our Blue Grandma.