But primarily it tells the story of two young lovers, Maggie and Charles who against all odds meet in Levuka, the one time capital of the Fiji Islands; of their colourful lives in the North and South of New Zealand and eventual passage onto Australia.
But the story of their life together is dogged by the secret of Grandfather’s double identity and his constant problems with the law.
For Maggie, peace in the Pacific is a bitter sweet victory. Her husband is dead, the frantic pace of survival with a complex and devious husband is over. A solitary future looms full of uncertainty.
She doesn't know that some 50 years later I will be gifted with a final vision of my darling Grandmother, a surprising visit from a loved one long dead.
|Pix from Sydney Morning Herald|
Small me in my convent uniform 1946
Caption read –Taken on picnic. Don’t I look a fright!
William, the Scots grandfather for instance became a James and even a Robert, the meeting and courtship of Maggies parents taking place in Scotland, in England or on a boat. The McGowan great grandfather traded in sandalwood, on one hand owned the boat or didn’t, died at sea or fell down the stairs at home.
Outings with Gran, Aunt May and Cousins
Maggie’s 90th Birthday