[From the National Library of Australia's Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project]
Jasmine Bidwell, born in London (1947), discusses her parents and siblings; early memories of family happiness; holidays and car trips; schooling; training as a hairdresser; meeting her first husband and having a child at age 19; working as an actor and model; meeting Peter Bidwell (1975), an Australian who came to be her second husband; marrying and moving to Australia (1976); happy memories of her first impressions of Australia; living by the ocean in Narrabeen, N.S.W.; working with children with special needs at a hospital school; her daughter's relationship with her new husband; homesickness and missing her parents; a visit from her parents; difficulties in her relationship with her husband; returning to England (1981); finding work in a nursery; her husband increasingly revealing information about his childhood experiences in an orphanage; her extended family's love of and support for her husband; her husband's relationship with his mother; visiting Nazareth House (Romsey, U.K.); her husband's childhood memories of Nazareth House; visiting Clontarf Boys Orphanage, W.A.; her husband's childhood memories of Clontarf; visiting Aquinas College, Perth; her feelings about the Australian and British Apologies; religion; Australia and cultural identity.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 24 August 2012, Last modified: 8 December 2014