My new book is all about a dilapidated migrant ship called the Corsica and its maiden (and only) voyage from Cyprus to Australia in 1951. On board was the largest group of Cypriot migrants to ever leave the island at one time. The book includes amazing stories of migration and first-hand accounts about the journey. In addition to the text, there are over 400 rare and beautiful photographs that have been carefully reproduced at the highest resolution. The book has been beautifully printed in English as a hard-cover keepsake. It measures 26cm x 21cm and comes complete with a cloth spine and embossed title and is packaged in a protective gift box.
Of the seventy-eight passengers I interviewed over the last few years, fifty-six migrant stories were selected for this book. With each story of migration, I have tried to include some background information about the passenger, such as their family life, upbringing and schooling back in Cyprus. I have also documented their reasons for leaving Cyprus, their recollections of the journey and some details about their life in Australia soon after migration.
For lovers of Cypriot culture and history, I am sure you will enjoy reading these amazing stories of migration as much as I have enjoyed bringing them out of the shadows of a forgotten past and into our present consciousness. The vivid stories and rare vintage photographs seek to remind us just how resilient, proud and determined these post-war immigrants were. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.