Home for the first time
Noel set to return to his birth country, India, after 70 years in Australia
MURGON man Noel King- Adams can barely remember the country where he was born.
Mr King- Adams, 76, was born in 1940 in India to first generation British Indians.
His father was a part of the British Indian Army.
“I can just remember the end of the Second-World War,” Mr King- Adams said.
“Then came all the unrest between the Hindus and the Muslims and the British were caught in the middle, it was very scary.
“I was in the street and the siren would go off as there was a riot.
“We had to get off the street or we’d be shot.”
When India became independent from British rule in 1947, Mr King- Adams and his family were given 14 days to leave the country.
Mr King- Adams, then seven years old, his mother and sister packed their suitcases and travelled with an army convoy from Dehradun to Delhi, where his father was stationed.
“We had to decide if we wanted to go to England or Australia and we decided Australia.
“We arrived in Australia on 20 September ,1948.”
Mr King- Adams has not been back since but will return next month.
“It’s a bit exciting, a bit daunting,” he said.
He and his wife, Marlene, will volunteer at a Tibetan institution teaching English.
“It’s just one province over from where I grew up, so I want to go back to my school which celebrated its centenary recently.
” I’ve contacted the principal and let him know when I’ll be over there.
“I want to see the military hospital where I was born and then I want to find my home.
“It’s unlikely it will be there but I still want to see.”
HEADING HOME: Noel King- Adams will return to his birth country for the first time in 70 years.