Home for the first time

Noel set to re­turn to his birth coun­try, India, after 70 years in Aus­tralia

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi. lof­tus@ south­bur­nett­times. com. au

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.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

HEAD­ING HOME: Noel King- Adams will re­turn to his birth coun­try for the first time in 70 years.

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