Text message from Aunty Jan

Sent on 31.05.08 at 12.02pm: “Thanks 4 absolutely brilliant c d’s. We loved them. xx Aunty Jan”

Via Mum, I’d sent a home movie about the journey to Leekow (Leckow, Lekowo) in 2006 to track down the birthplace of Mathilde Busse, a Pomeranian ancestor. A snippet of it is on YouTube at


Since we left Brisbane when I was about four years old, 40 years ago, I’ve only met Aunty Janice a few times. But she’s a name that’s always been there. Getting a text message from her connected little tiny glowing dots between Mathilde and her descendants.

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