In 1996 we took our first trip home since we emigrated in 1964. I had not seen my brother since we had emigrated. He was nineteen when we left and fifty one when we met again. So we had a lot to catch up on. We took our youngest daughter Amanda with us and meet our second youngest daughter, Robyn over there. We did all the things that tourist do. The Tower of London, Hampton Court, the Big Bus ride around the sights of London, the London Dungeons. While we were in London we stayed in a B&B on the edge of Blackheath. The house was very close and almost identical to the one I had lived in during the war.
While we were in London, while the ladies were doing their shopping trips, I was able to go to St Catherine's House in the Aldwich and over a staggered period of three days, I went through all the volumes for Birth, Deaths and Marriages that I could. These covered the periods 1906 up to 1991.
We also stayed with my brother Chris who lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire. From there we went to places like Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Broughton On The Water, Leamington Spa Markets and Churchill's home, Blenheim Palace near Woodstock.
We also visited the Lake District, then on to Scotland where we stayed at Fort William, Crimmon near Frazerburgh (to visit the Cairness Estate) and Edinburgh. Later we visited my cousin Bill in Hastings and Sandra's cousin Christine in Teignmouth, Devon.
Although the object of the trip was to catch up with as many of our immediate families as we could, I was able to meet a few of the Curness Clan and exchange notes which in the long term were to prove very helpful.