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    SIX HUNDRED SOUTH AFRICAN AND RHODESIAN SETTLERS LEFT DURBAN ABOARD THE P. & O. ORIENT?

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    SOUND ON FILM BEGINS:



    MY NAME IS CLAUDIA ANDERSON. I CAME TO THE UNION IN 1932. I HAVE GROWN TO LOVE SOUTH AFRICA AND ALL HER PEOPLE. MY REASON FOR GOING TO AUSTRALIA IS THAT I HAVE ALWAYS LONGED TO SEE THAT COUNTRY AGAIN, THE SCENE OF HAPPY MEMORIES. MY STAY WILL BE INDEFINITE. I HOPE ONE DAY TO RETURN TO SUNNY SOUTH AFRICA, THE LAND THAT I LOVE.



    MY NAME IS MARY LOWMAN, AND MY HUSBAND IS BRITISH, AND I AM SOUTH AFRICAN. WE HAVE BEEN LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR FOUR YEARS, AND WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO NEW ZEALAND, TO MAKE OUR HOME WITH MY GRANDMOTHER. WE'VE LOVED BEING IN SOUTH AFRICA, MY HUSBAND IS ESPECIALLY GOING TO MISS IT, BUT CIRCUMSTANCES ALTER CASES. MY GRANDMOTHER IS VERY OLD, AND WE THOUGHT IT BETTER AS SHE HAS OFFERED US A HOME, TO GO NOW WHILE SHE IS STILL ALIVE.



    MY NAME IS DAVE WYLES. HERE WE ARE ON BOARD, ON OUR WAY TO NEW ZEALAND. WE ARE LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA TO START A NEW FUTURE IN NEW ZEALAND. AS YET WE HAVEN'T GOT A POSITION, OR ACCOMMODATION THERE. WE HAVE PACKED UP HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHERE WE HAVE SOLD UP OUR HOME, WHICH WE WERE QUITE RELUCTANT TO DO BECAUSE WE HAVE ENJOYED LIFE HERE. BUT WE FEEL FOR THE SAKE OF OUR LITTLE ONES, WE WOULD LIKE TO START OUT A FRESH IN NEW ZEALAND, IF POSSIBLY, WE HOPE, A MUCH FREER AND EASIER ATMOSPHERE THAT WHAT WE ARE LEAVING IN SOUTH AFRICA AT THE MOMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS, HOWEVER, THAT IT HAS BEEN GOOD HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA, A VERY GOOD COUNTRY, AND WE HAVE ENJOYED OUR FOURTEEN YEARS STAY HERE, AND IT'S WITH A SAD HEART THAT WE ARE LEAVING.



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT IS YOUR NAME, SIR?



    MAN: "SINCLAIR FINNY".



    INTERVIEWER: "ARE YOU A SOUTH AFRICAN?



    MAN: "YES, I'M A SOUTH AFRICAN, BORN IN PORT ELIZABETH."



    INTERVIEWER: "AND WHERE ARE YOU GOING".



    MAN: "HOBART, TASMANIA".



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ARE YOUR REASONS FOR LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA".



    MAN: "WELL, I DON'T LIKE THE POLITICAL OUTLOOK OF THIS COUNTRY. IT'S A GOOD COUNTRY, BUT I FEEL THAT LATER, YOU KNOW, MOVE, SO I MIGHT AS WELL MOVE NOW."



    INTERVIEWER: "ANY CONNECTION, ANY FEELINGS ABOUT THE BLACK, WHITE QUESTION?



    MAN: "NO, I'LL BE SORRY NOT TO SEE THE BLACKS ANYMORE; THEY ARE NICE PEOPLE".




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SIX HUNDRED SOUTH AFRICAN AND RHODESIAN SETTLERS LEFT DURBAN ABOARD THE P. & O. ORIENT LINER 'ORONTES' SEPTEMBER 4 TO START A NEW LIFE IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. THE 'ORONTES', WHICH NORMALLY SAILS TO AND FROM AUSTRALASIA VIA THE MEDITERRANEAN AND SUEZ, WAS DIVERTED TO SOUTH AFRICA TO PICK UP THE SETTLERS -- THE BIGGEST NUMBER OF EMIGRANTS TO LEAVE THE REPUBLIC IN ONE SHIP.

    "WE'RE HEADING FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM." THAT WAS A TYPICAL COMMENT SUMMING UP THE ATTITUDE TOF MANY OF THE EMIGRANTS, WHO GAVE RACIAL TENSION AND THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA AS THE TWO CHIEF REASONS FOR LEAVING THEIR HOMELAND.

    MANY OF THE EMIGRANTS, YOUNG COUPLES AND FAMILIES, EXPRESSED REGRET AT LEAVING THEIR HOMELAND, BUT SAID THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN UNLESS POLITICAL CONDITIONS CHANGED IN SOUTH AFRICA.

    HERE'S WHAT SEVERAL OF THE EMIGRANTS TOLD AN INTERVIEWER BEFORE THEY SAILED:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA66QTBVBD9LW8OSTNOO6MQ1B6
    Media URN:
    VLVA66QTBVBD9LW8OSTNOO6MQ1B6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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