Harmony Week brings together Australians from different backgrounds.

It is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls our nation home – including Carinity Brookfield Green residents who were born overseas.

They came to Australia from countries such as Italy, Iran, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada and Australia, South Africa and England.

Merhan lived in the middle of the Iranian desert where “we would only get 110mL of water a year”. He then studied in Germany, specialising in agriculture, and later lived in America, Peru and finally, Australia.

Vince was born in Italy, and worked as a boiler maker. He travelled through Europe and eventually moved to Cananda. When he first moved to Australia at the age of 62, Vince worked on the dockyard in Sydney.

Hailing from Stockholm in Sweden, Monica moved abroad when she was 14. She recalls the snow in her homeland. “It snows every winter, and we eat a lot of fish. I still love fish.”

David, from New Zealand, was an air cadet then bought a printing business. He also managed a newspaper with his wife. David’s work saw him move to Papua New Guinea. He returned to Australia and moved from printing into real estate, preparing display homes.

Harmony Day (March 21) coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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