‘Broth­ers’ meet for the first time

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

DUR­ING Peter How­ell’s child­hood in Eng­land he dreamt of work­ing on a farm in Aus­tralia.

Af­ter be­ing helped by the Big Brother Move­ment to move to the land down un­der at 16, the now South Perth res­i­dent set about re­al­is­ing his dream.

The first WA re­union for peo­ple in­volved in the ini­tia­tive, known as Lit­tle Broth­ers, was held at the Vic­to­ria Park RSL on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

“The ba­sic premise of it was to help peo­ple like my­self to have bet­ter op­por- tu­ni­ties in life in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one was given a choice or ei­ther work­ing on the land or in the city, I grew up in Nor­folk and I wanted to work on a farm. But un­less your fam­ily had one, there was no chance .

“I worked on a few dif­fer­ent farms in New South Wales and Queens­land be­fore mov­ing to WA in 1982.

“When I moved here, I wanted to be an Aus­tralian and so I picked up the lingo.”

Mr How­ell said the idea of the re­union was a de­sire to meet oth­ers who came from a sim­i­lar back­ground.

“When I moved here I didn’t stay in touch with the other guys. There were about 15 or 16 other guys on the ship,” he said.

“I got in touch with the Big Brother Move­ment, which is now the called BBM Youth Sup­port and they told me the next re­union would in Oc­to­ber next year in Syd­ney.

“The re­union here went re­ally well, some of the guys’ stories were sim­i­lar but some were dif­fer­ent. The feed­back I’ve re­ceived has been pos­i­tive and I’d like to host more re­unions in the fu­ture, so I’d like to find more Lit­tle Broth­ers.”

Broth­ers in arms: WA mem­bers of the Lit­tle Broth­ers had their re­union this week.

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