TO BE AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN PILGRIM

Left is Progressive - sometimes it gets you asassinated.
PUTNEY ST. MARY’S, THE KING MADE THEM REBELS! Oct-Nov 1647 Colonel Rainsborough was MP for Wapping, home to the East India Company and my Maternal hard-labouring ancestors.

Another Australia Day 26th January long weekend. It was the arrival of the First Fleet of British convicts.  200+ years later I discover my ancient rights and liberties are thwarted by the Tories of today, a  legacy of Westminster’s punitive policy against the disadvantaged.

Westminster rejected her base born, poverty stricken and protesting peasantry to the land Captain James Cooke had reported on his scientific mission of 1770.

FOR NEW ARRIVALS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING Kate Grenville’s THE SECRET RIVER.

JANUARY 2018 – 30 YEARS since my arrival as a teenager in 1978. My personal bush-fires mean a chronic psychiatric disorder thankful for a Disability Support Pension. The Government sees me as a burden to their coffers.

If I leave Australia, I will be paid for up to 28 days from the date you leave.

If I’m still overseas after 28 days, payment stops.

Consider this: It would be fair if I am entitled to 3 months Long Service Leave to contributing to the culture, giving birth to new daughters and now grandsons in this country. My parents are in their end years and disabled by various health conditions. I could reasonably expect to be called to either of their funerals anytime. 

I’m looking for my Australian Citizenship certificate so I can apply for a new Australian passport.  I must prove I am a BRITISH BORN AUSTRALIAN –  NOT UNDER SCRUTINY FOR MY DUAL LOYALTIES…..like our Parliamentary representatives!

I’ve been asked a handful of times if I would consider nominating for local government or Parliament. Like many British born emigrants being Australian is being born with a limb you regard as being part of your British Empire body.

It’s inherited from your culture. It’s common for family members or neighbours to go and live in Australia. The first time we were accepted to emigrate my Dad pulled out the day before the ship left. He couldn’t leave his Mum and Dad.

New South Wales was a potential Life-sentence!

It took mum a second marriage to return to the land of Oz. The first time had been torturous being kidnapped by a scheme set up to empty the orphanages after the war. Unfortunately, after 10years her husband  wanted to go back ‘home’.

My sisters and I knew which side of our sliced bread was buttered. Melbourne was our home Port, School and Work. Now I am the Matriarch holder of the boomerang.

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Following in Pop’s footsteps.

Parliament starts again in two weeks. There are many of us creating paper-work for the Public Servants gathering evidence of our Australian citizenship.

I have to be prepared for flying back to England for sick and dying parents, and MP’s want to have the power to create a better society…like change the DSP rules to include the tyranny of distance! Through no fault of my own, I shouldn’t be held hostage to this Government’s policy.  

There are five categories in section 44 that set out who can be a candidate for the federal parliament and — more importantly — who can’t.

Put simply, section 44(1) of the constitution says someone can’t be a dual national and sit in parliament.

My question to the House is are they going to pay the Commonwealth back their income of which they weren’t entitled when the Centrelink poor have been hounded for less?

The assumption of many Brits(10pound poms) like my Yorkshire parents-in-law was Australia is not truly Sovereign; the umbilical chord is still attached. The Queen is Head of State and the taxpayers continues to pay the tab for the Royals to come and visit the old colony.

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the McNeills from Leeds 1964 ready to board the Fairstar.
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St. John’s Orphanage new intakes. Mum is 2nd row 2nd arms folded. 1st Minister for Immigration is Arthur Calwell, Knight of the Roman Catholics in Australia. A Royal Commission and Senate Inquiries start NOW!

I was spoon-fed a deep connection to Australia via my mother’s memories when she was transported to New South Wales, as a child migrant from the overwhelmed Orphanages in 1950.

MUM’S HERSTORY LINK:

WHITE AUSTRALIA POLICY – CHILD MIGRATION

My allegiance to this country of Australia when I arrived as a teenager was absolute. I was glad to cut my ties because I had been going through a tough adolescence with my peers and I saw NO FUTURE for me.

TERROR TEENS; When I was 18, living on my own with a bean bag, I confess to thinking I would go back to the Mother Country if there was a Revolution against Margaret Thatcher’s regime!

My husband said the same thought had occurred to him! We had so much in common…It was on the long Australia Day weekend we got married 1984.

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Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy. Celebrant was the former Mayor of Richmond, Victoria. My Dad flew out from Birmingham UK for 6 weeks.

Then a funny thing happened on our belated honeymoon, entering Bali in 1984. Fatefully a Denpasar Airport officer said we didn’t have a re-entry Visa so wouldn’t be able to get back into Australia!

But we ‘re Australians. We live there! My baby is going to be born at the Queen Vic birth centre in 4 months!

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The advice was to go to the Australian Embassy as soon as we settled into our hotel. A kindly official informed us she would issue a temporary visa but we would need an Australian passport with Australian Citizenship even if we had emigrated in 1964 and 1978 on a family passport.

Nobody had told us we could be deported. Nobody told us we’d be put in a detention centre and sent back to that cramped, grey Thatcherite non-society. To be frank, I had to be pragmatic without knowing the word; I put my hand up to God and the Queen. 

BLOODY OATH
Australian Citizenship but did I renounce my British citizenship? I can’t remember….

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Like the Sex Pistols – I CARED FOR NEITHER OF THEM. 

IN MY DREAM LAST NIGHT  I spoke to

chief political journalist for the Guardian, Catherine Murphy.  She looks like she might have dual nationality, very Irish looking like my mum!

Is our Federal Government imploding? What is the answer to all this mess? Sharman like I would consult with my ancestor whose name was Catherine Murphy:

THE ANSWER, she said IS AN AUSTRALIAN REPUBLIC – A NEW ANTHEM, NEW FLAG. I see it blowing in the wind… AND I added, Turn a new leaf on the recycled paper to compliment the Commonwealth with a Bill/Charter of Rights…

Make the young people proud like they are in the Irish Republic, guiding the Australian tourists with Irish roots around the old Oppressor’s administration, Dublin Castle; and this is a portrait of our elected President….

In one night the solution rung true, to rescue our social democracy for our grandchildren’s fulfilment of their dreams – A decent income for your labours in a dream home with a pool in a sunny climate, and enough spare to use your 12 weeks long service leave to visit family and friends stuck in the Mother Country. It’s a basic desire. Natural to a migrant nation.

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BEGET AUSSIES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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POEM ON WAR & PEACE

5.30am foreboding in furry slippers,

signals war and peace; a Government’s

Good old cause;

before Dawn on winter morn,

Cars zoom past a once rural track,

Headlights beam early-shift alarms

Route to Amberley air-base, 

where powerful hornets are taking-off

on a mission.

 

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My brain provoked to write a chapter

Where ancient transport is your legs

Marching from one end of the fractured

Kingdom to another – carts carry pikes,

muskets and drums

to where cousins pitch battle

Across Crown lands with bibles 

in pockets.

 NMA

5.45a.m. before sun-rise, hearing

long steady jet bellows overhead,

Five orange lights flashing within moist 

Clouds; noisy machines controlled by

Young Pilots trained for flight in strict

Formation, a deadly force which can

Drop bombs from a great height. 

G20 HAMBURG Putin and Trump keeping the Peace…

 

Allied to mutual Destruction our warriors

May not realise their DNA origins were

Down there in the cradle of civilisation.

100 years ago Lawrence of Arabia had a

sense of being at Home there being a Hero “Scientifically shattering” many bridges.

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Legacy ; link to the Queensland Times report on why all the noise….

 

Lest we forget that Re-drawing of Middle Eastern

Maps in Westminster; war-weary forebears 

Came home to rationed hearths, arriving

as shells of former selves with

Little words left to review the theatre of 

War to the wife, perhaps a brief mention

you saw your German cousins shooting

Dutifully across the trenches,

when it was only a few Summers

since your families had picnics.

 

She said, ‘Men, God created them,

then He ordered an eternity of

Chains of command for times of

War and times of Peace.

 

Under the flight path,

my dwelling is a humble

Plot of Paradise, 

Natural light shows soft rain-fall

On freshly bought native grasses

Of Kangaroo Paw, Lomandra variations,

Paper Daisies.

I will grow beauty around me like

A garden in ancient Babylon, or a

Quaker’s conscience, echoing

Voltaire’s wisdom 

His pragmatic solution to never-

Ending scraps and weapons of

Mass destruction, to

Candidly get out of the

Arms race, the mad-made farce

And be happy hippies cultivating

The garden restoring an Eden on 

Earth with Mass plantings.

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by Edvard Munch

 

It is 7.00am It is Light, so is the

Bird song. I am grateful to be

reminded to buy a rain-water

storage tank, replenish the soil

with compost because

Mother Nature likes to be nourished

And I have been forewarned by Enlightened

Souls who study, to be prepared for

Global warming threat.

 

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EOFY 30/6/2017 link to Hornets story at QUEENSLAND TIMES

Peace Middle East

ARE YOU MY DADDY?

THE FACTS OF LIFE 
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Ned Kelly in the Bush by Sidney Nolan

In Australia the immigrant Irish outlaw NED KELLY became a folk hero against the British Colonial administration. The standard bog-Irish prejudice transferred to the Colonies with it’s Protestant hierarchy. Sometimes you don’t even realise you are prejudiced until something switches the neuron lights on and one has a revelation.

For Fifty Years my husband had linked his paternal lineage to the Hero ROB ROY MCGREAGOR.

Quite logical for a young lad from Leeds called ROY, with a surname McNEILL…He must be more Scottish than Yorkshire. Our grandson runs around with his superhero cape on, his grandfather Roy, when a Yorkshire lad in the 1950’s collected comics and patiently waited for  the T.V. series.Poster_of_the_movie_Rob_Roy,_the_Highland_Rogue

Roy’s parents would have been encouraged he spent his pocket-money at Leeds markets, investing in the second-hand colour magazines, KNOWLEDGE of 1962 which grows into an encyclopaedia(and he hasn’t thrown them out yet)…

Being  a MOD at 14years, Roy fancied himself as a lover of  THE ENLIGHTENMENT which he learned from the Time-Life Books of 1966. The “Great Ages of Man” accompanied the Collier’s Encyclopaedia’s sold by a door-to-door salesman in his new landscape of Highett in suburban Melbourne.

When I met Roy and became a McNeill one habit I learned to love was listening to the ABCScience show at midday every Saturday(and for the next 32 years!)

With the advent of the DNA science it was a chance to confirm what he had always imagined. When he got the results from a sample of his Y-DNA it was not the Scottish hero ROB ROY MacGREGOR who was his direct ancestor but the Irish War-Lord Niall of the Nine Hostages!

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Link to UI NIALL  The legendary Great Grand Daddy of Celtic lore.Spreading the seed story!

If it wasn’t enough to know you received a Y chromosome from the pagan High King Niall who kidnapped St. Patrick as a boy thus triggering the motivation to convert the Irish to Christianity, the story has leaped into my imagination via a Spanish/Portugese migratory path.

“Galicia, northern Spain, ‘the land of a thousand rivers’, is famous for the ‘city of glass’, La Coruna, the treacherous shipwrecked coast Costa de la Muerte (the Coast of Death) and its unmistakably Celtic roots.

Due to centuries of shared fishing traditions and cross-emigration, Galicia has developed a unique culture, but one that is profoundly influenced and inspired by Ireland.

The region boasts a folk music tradition with tin whistles, fiddles and bagpipes, a form of traditional dancing and a similarly rich literary and folkloric history. In return Galicia has provided Ireland with one of its most potent symbols.

Five hundred years before the birth of Christ the Galician King of Spain Milesius sent his three sons, Ir, Heber and Heremon, to invade and conquer Ireland – promising the island to the first of the siblings to touch its soil.

As the legend goes, each of the parties raced towards the shore and one of the sons cut off his own hand with a sword and throwing it onto dry land so that he could lay claim to the country. The soil was Ulster, and the Red Hand has persisted ever since.

Due to the Irish oral tradition of storytelling, there are many variations of this tale. In some accounts the invaders are Vikings, returning Irish mercenaries or Scottish clansmen. One even attributes the symbol to battle-wounds received when two giants brutally fought each other across the mountains and valleys of the North.

Debate around its precise origins must be tempered by the recognition that the tale is likely apocryphal and of little factual historical basis. The Red Hand symbol is older than, and as universal as, civilisation itself, continually recurring in aboriginal art, Native American engravings right back to the cave paintings of Cro-Magnon humans”.

Distant Celtic Grandparental via Y- DNA  – Earls of Tyrone McNeills/Ui Niall v the British Government 17th century.

 

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