Smaalenene.no: Øvre-journalist met Anita Hegh (2003)
September, 10 2016        Posted By Veronique        Comments Off on Smaalenene.no: Øvre-journalist met Anita Hegh (2003)

A very big thanks to Ine (@Bianking4Life) for translating!

“When I get older I hope to travel a lot, and I’d love to travel to Europe where my family comes from.”

That’s what young Anita Hegh (15) from Sydney, Australia, said when she was interviewed by Øvre Smaalenene in 1987.

Now she’s finally here, the Australian actress we know as Ellen Mackenzie in the TV series “Stingers” – on an Easter visit with her aunt Else in Askim.

In October 1987 the “Øvre Smaalenenes” journalist Bent Roni Oterholt visited Australia where he met the Hegh-brothers from Askim; Walter and Harald, after a tip from their sister Else Ingstad in Askim.

Brothers Walter and Harald travelled from Askim to Australia with their father on the passenger ship “Maloya” in 1938. The last 25 years they’ve both lived in the Sydney area, but for many years they moved around because of work. E.g. for logging work in the wet tropical forests in the north of Queensland, where nature seems as cut out of the blockbuster movie “Crocodile Dundee”.

Our dad died as an old man in the small mining town where he lived. Lead, silver, zinc and copper were extracted from the mines, says Harald, who in 1987 was a carpenter.

Harald with his wife Maret and children lived in Willoughby, north of Sydney. Harald’s wife Maret originally came from Estonia.

“Anita goes to high school and is a knowledgeable girl. She can fill you in on forms of political governance, house prices and education. In Australia you start school when you’re five years old”, it said in the article in the local paper.

Maybe you want to send Anita a letter describing what it’s like to live in Norway? You can get the address by contacting the editorial staff. So ends the article from Friday the 13th of November 1987.

I wonder if anyone sent her a letter?

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Smaalenene.no