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The Immigration Story of Irene Morton (Scottish immigrant)

The Museum reviews and accepts donated personal or family memories and histories into its collection. As a learning institution, the accounts help us understand how individuals recollect, interpret, or construct meaning from lived experiences. The stories are not modified by Museum staff. The point of view expressed is that of the author and not that of the Museum.

Category: 
Culture : 
Country of Origin: 
Port of Arrival: 
Date of Arrival: 
March 20 1948
Language: 
English
Creative Commons: 
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Accession Number: 
S2012.498.1

Story Text: 

I was three years old when we arrived in Canada. I do now have any recollection of the journey or arrival at Pier 21. I came with my parents John and Helen Wiechno. My father was a sergeant in the Polish army and my mother was Scottish. Because of the limited opportunities for work in Scotland, my parents decided to immigrate to Canada. My father often discusses the arrival at Pier 21 and the train trip from Halifax to Montreal where we were met by friends of some relatives in Scotland. As I walked around Pier 21, many of the items on display I recall seeing in later years ie suitcases, style of clothing, etc.

My father has visited Halifax on a number of occasions but not since Pier 21 became a Canadian Historical site. For me it was a very emotional and touching experience. So many brave people coming to a land that held such promise for them. Leaving family behind in worn torn countries must be one of the most difficult things one does in his/her life time.