Leaving for the new land of opportunity
When Josip was fourteen years old, he decided to leave his home in Croatia and travel over 18,000 kilometres to join his brothers in New Zealand.
Although he spoke no English, he did leave with some money. His mother gave him a one-pound note, and made sure he wouldn’t lose it on the voyage by pinning it inside his pocket. She also gave him strict instructions to only spend it in an emergency. We’re not sure what he ended up spending that one-pound on, but we’re sure his mother would have approved.
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