Name: Aiko Howes
First arrival in Australia: 1955
Occupation: Volunteer

In one of the many essays she has produced, Aiko Howes writes that she is probably the only person from the long line of her family, the Nishikawas, who are documented since the Tenmei Period, who married a foreigner. Soon after the war she married Australia Air Force Serviceman Ron Howes, who was stationed in Japan at the time. Soon after, they left the country for Australia. In their first year in the new land, they were able to build their own family home in south-western Sydney, and their daughter Janette was born there in 1957. Aiko worked in a factory in her local area all her life but when the factory closed down in 1990s, Aiko was at a loss. She had worked hard all her life and life without work was unthinkable to her. That’s when she discovered her passion for volunteer work. At 82, she continues to work as a volunteer for a range of organizations, including the Australian Red Cross. She was awarded the Red Cross Service Award in 2001.

氏名:ハウズ愛子
来豪:1955年
職業:ボランティア

近年数多く執筆されたエッセーの中で、天明時代から続く西川家で外国人と結婚したのは自分だけ、と書かれたハウズ愛子さん。戦争後まもなくオーストラリア人空軍兵と出会い1954年に結婚された。翌年オーストラリアに共に移り、思いがけなくすぐにマイホームを購入出来た時の喜びはとても大きかった。1957年には娘のジャネットも誕生。1990年代に入り、勤め先の工場が閉鎖した時は戸惑ったという。働き者の愛子さんには仕事をしないで生きる人生は想像もつかなかった。そんな時にボランティアの仕事に出会い、82歳になる現在も各種のボランティア活動を続けながらオーストラリア社会に貢献されている。2001年にはオーストラリアレッドクロスからサービス賞も受賞した。