My fathers suitcase

Contributed by Roy Noble

This bowler hat was my grandfather's which used to be kept in the wardrobe with the mothballs so it always had that certain smell about it. That's a bit like a comedy hat now because the crown has come away and opens up.

But the thing I have that conjures up most memories and is a link between Wales and the world is a suitcase that my father, Ivor Henry Noble, carried when he emigrated to Canada in 1926. In those days you could get a passage for £10 and he went with some cousins.

While he was there he worked as a cowboy, a miner, a logger - I have a picture somewhere of him looking every inch the cowboy - the cheroot, the stubble - until you got to his forehead where he has this Welsh "dai" cap on the top.

I contacted the Canadian authorities once to find out more, as he never specifically spoke about his experiences. They were able to tell me the exact date and place he arrived - June 25, 1926 at Quebec - and the ship he went on, the SS Montrose.

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