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Circumnavigation 97: Means to an End

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So has anyone ever looked into the town of Northam, WA?

 

During the 1940s and 1950s in Northam there were extensive camps for displaced persons and immigrants from Europe.

The Northam Migrant Accommodation Centre closed in September 1951. It had been the first place of residence in WA for approximately 15,000 immigrants from the Baltic states, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Belarus and Bulgaria.[4] During the peak immigration period, Northam had the largest immigrant receiving facilities within the State and the third largest in Australia. By 1950, the camp housed 4,000 people and two new blocks of huts were built to accommodate them all.[5] By May 1954, 23,000 migrants had passed through the Northam Camp once the Accommodation Centre had closed.

 

Interesting enough, it was home to the 3rd largest immigration centre in Australia. I immediately thought of my Polish grandfather who immigrated to Canada and could not get work here because of his last name. He legally changed it to a generic name, Shore, and was immediately able to find work.

 

My theory is that Rachel's family immigrated to Australia via Northam and legally changed their last name to Smith. Probably a lot of people may have changed their names to Smith to signify a new start and a break away from their past lineage. If that is the case, their may have been 1000's if not tens of thousands of Smith's from the Northam region.

 

That may be the surprised reaction between Fowler and the constable in Kalbarri. If they know their is thousands of Smiths, Trevor may be on a very disappointing task of tracking down his Mom's family.

 

Just the kind of thing that the Goat would do to our poor Trevor :(

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So has anyone ever looked into the town of Northam, WA?

 

 

 

Interesting enough, it was home to the 3rd largest immigration centre in Australia. I immediately thought of my Polish grandfather who immigrated to Canada and could not get work here because of his last name. He legally changed it to a generic name, Shore, and was immediately able to find work.

 

My theory is that Rachel's family immigrated to Australia via Northam and legally changed their last name to Smith. Probably a lot of people may have changed their names to Smith to signify a new start and a break away from their past lineage. If that is the case, their may have been 1000's if not tens of thousands of Smith's from the Northam region.

 

That may be the surprised reaction between Fowler and the constable in Kalbarri. If they know their is thousands of Smiths, Trevor may be on a very disappointing task of tracking down his Mom's family.

 

Just the kind of thing that the Goat would do to our poor Trevor Posted Image

 

Every thing you say is possibly correct. Especially in light of this info:

 

Smith, Jones, Williams... Are you one of the millions of Australians sporting one of these top common last names from Australia? The following list of the most commonly occurring surnames in Australia includes details on each name's origin and meaning. It's interesting to note that the World Names Public Profile list of common Australian surnames, compiled primarily from telephone directories and electoral registers, is the first time that an Asian name -- Nguyen -- appears among the top 10 surnames in Australia.

* FPM = Frequency Per Million

 

1. SMITH

FPM: 12,254.2

Smith is an occupational surname for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were

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Just a quick note to mention the title of the coming chapter:

 

"And the Sea shall give up its Dead"

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Just a quick note to mention the title of the coming chapter:

 

"And the Sea shall give up its Dead"

 

Pray tell:

 

How can the sea give what isn't dead?

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Well we know for sure that the Captain of the pirate ship is dead :unsure:

 

He could be hinting at several things, one being Rachel, another being if either Shane or Trevor die, another could be the George being killed by Bridget, so the possibilities are endless.

 

Therefore I declare the chapter title a dizzying, head spinning, and nomination for the 2011 King of Evil Cliffhangers :P

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Well we know for sure that the Captain of the pirate ship is dead Posted Image

 

He could be hinting at several things, one being Rachel, another being if either Shane or Trevor die, another could be the George being killed by Bridget, so the possibilities are endless.

 

Therefore I declare the chapter title a dizzying, head spinning, and nomination for the 2011 King of Evil Cliffhangers Posted Image

 

 

I Second the Motion!

 

I also move that nominations be closed.

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