Author visit: Lidia Kardos, author of Train to Australia
4 November 2019
Life growing up as an Italian migrant in post-war Australia was a challenging and sometimes overwhelming journey for a young Lidia Kardos.
After surviving a long and uncomfortable trip from war-torn Italy, Lidia and her family arrived in Australia as refugees with nothing except their courage and determination to assimilate into a new culture.
Today as an author, Lidia shares her life story in her book Train to Australia. Lidia will be visiting the region to share and expand on her memoirs at the Warwick and Stanthorpe Libraries on Monday 11 November and at the Allora Library on Tuesday 12 November.
Lidia said that her book represents a young refugee child’s perception of the train trip which lasted four days in a devastated post-WWII Europe and the belief that at the end of the journey her family would arrive in Australia.
“It took more than a year before our family finally docked at Fremantle in 1950 in a torpedoed and hastily repaired American war frigate. That same frigate ended its life by sinking in the Pacific during its return trip to the USA,” she said.
“My first days at school in Australia were a nightmare because I didn't speak a word of English – but I managed to go on and to become a qualified teacher.
“Immigration in the 1950’s after the war was so totally different from what it is today and my book Train to Australia provides a platform for those differences.”
Lidia has also written two other books, A Boy from Zara and I “Do”.
Warwick Library: 10.30am, Monday 11 November. Phone 4661 0342
Stanthorpe Library: 2.30pm, Monday 11 November. Phone 4681 2141
Allora Library: 10am, Tuesday 12 November. Phone 4666 3742