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JOHN WEST of Gateshead arrived in Australia in 1963 aged 24, ‘just to look around’. He had a trade as a coachbuilder, but found that in a new country brimming with opportunity he could take almost any kind of work anywhere. Apart from willingness to work, he found another asset, he was a footballer of more than average ability. So, although he was happy to tour around Australia, he foundthat wherever he went, people wanted him to stay. He settled in the Queensland city of Rockhampton, working as a carpenter. Source National Archives of Australia.

Here’s an interesting history of migration to Gateshead.

MUZOON ALMELLEHAN, a Syrian teenager, spent three years trying to get an education while moving with her family between refugee camps in Jordan. While there she would always encourage other refugee girls to keep up with their schooling and not get married too early. Arriving in Newcastle in November 2015, Muzoon was soon enrolled at Kenton School and, within six months, gained some excellent GCSE results. Unsurprisingly she’s become billed the ‘Syrian Malala’ – indeed she’s already met fellow education activist Malala Yousafzai – and hopes one day to become a journalist. Muzoon was one of the first Syrians to be settled in the North East during 2016. In August, Gateshead had settled the second highest number of refugees among local authorities in Britain, and only Scotland had taken a higher share than the North East. Story and photo from the Newcastle Chronicle.

THE COMFREY PROJECT is a charity which works with refugees and asylum seekers on allotment sites across Newcastle and Gateshead, aiming to improve their conditions of life and general wellbeing.

Our local partner is Crossings, based in Newcastle, which aims to build bridges between people of different cultures by creating and sharing music and the arts.