Finding My Place
by Andrew Priddle
(South Guildford, W.A. 6055, Australia.)
My wife (nee Joyce Margaret Walker)was born at Glenduckie in 1923.
In the 1920s she and her family moved to Australia. We married in December 1948. Joyce went to Heaven on April 10, 2010.
We visited Scotland in 1985, covering much territory in about three weeks. In Fife, we slowed down somewhat. We discovered Glenduckie, the farm on which Joyce's father had worked, and the workers'cottages, in one of which she spent her infant years.
We also met a few relatives, had a wonderful meal at a restaurant in Cupar,and enjoyed Fifeshire hospitality as we moved around.
We went on to Dunfermline. My maternal grandmother, Isabella Erskine, came from Hill o' Beath, and often spoke about the area. She migrated to NSW and lived with her husband, George Murdoch at Joadja Creek,where many Scots engaged in the production of shale oil. George was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while his Scots parents spent time in the USA. He was known in the family as "Yankee Murdoch". He and Isabella later moved to Perth, Western Australia.
My two daughters (one with her husband, the other with her daughter while her husband was not free to leave his employment)have since visited Scotland, including Fife, and like my wife and me, thoroughly enjoyed their stay.