Bonjour, I am a 100-yr old WW2-surviving Bretagne expat living in Australia
My Memere, Philomene, has just turned 100! Born on the November 5th, 1919, on a farm in Brittany, France, she migrated to Wollongong, Australia with her husband Pierre (my Pepere, now deceased) after World War 2 when Europe declined into depression.
She is currently the oldest living French expat in Australia according to the French consulate!
Memere and Pepere both lived through Nazi-occupied Bretagne and have always told lot's of really interesting stories about the time & area plus moving to Australia without knowing a word of English.
My Pepere was a member of the Free French under Charles de Gaulle and was a plane technician during the war (one of his missions across the English Channel was in a book that I’ll dig up the name of soon).
Proof via Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/mjrowles/status/1192973841980485632
UPDATE: we’re filming some responses, as you can understand this is more of a conversation so please bare with us 👍🏻
UPDATE 2: I have a lot of footage, we’re trying to reply as quick as possible. Thanks so much to everyone who has asked so far. I’ll come and visit Memere again tomorrow and get some more answers, so keep them coming :)
UPDATE 3: I promise i’ll get around to answering some of the new questions with Memere over the next few days, bare with us :)