Formalisations New couple signatures under the eyes of priest Salamis, Tzouvelakos Photo Archive. Source: Immigrec
A man describes how he emigrated to Canada as a groom.
Ν.D.: The woman whom I met, eh, it chanced that her
father was from my village and she had been born in Pyrgos, but in the area
where they had their estate, one of my aunts had one as well. And I went many
times to see my aunt and there I had seen the girl as well. There wasn’t
anything between us, eh, love stories and things like that, just “Good
morning”, “Goodnight”. And then she left, she had learned sewing, how to make
clothes, and back then the Union of Canada wanted women who could work as
operators in machines […] business, in clothing. And she paid the union, she
had made an application, because her father had many girls, to come to Canada.
Coming to Montreal we met- we came by airplane and after a while, by working,
she paid for her ticket. Eh, she came in 1957. Over the next two years, she
brought over her brother and her sister and then the […] maker was made and
Res.: Ah, ok.
Ν.D.: I don’t like lies.
Ν.D.: I’m going to say how things are done. I came to
Canada, but one thing I can say, eh, she’s passed away now, God may have mercy
on her soul, she was an extraordinary person, I lived a good life and I had
two extraordinary children, with good principles and good order.
Res.: Very good. Very good.
Res.: Let me ask you now. Your, your wife sent out an
invitation for you?
Res.: Ok, ok. And…
Ν.D.: Coming here…
Ν.D.: Within the month, I had to get married.
Ν.D.: Because if I didn’t get married, I would be sent
Res.: Such was the law?
Ν.D.: Yes. And to protect the girls so that we
wouldn’t trick them.
Ν.D.: It was compulsory that you went and made a
Ν.D.: And in the marriage contract I signed then,
without knowing what I was signing, there was that my wife had a big lump sum,
without it existing, in case I divorced her? I owe you the money. Aaah.