My grandparents - Frederic Constant QUOD and Josephine QUOD nee WOLKRINGER from Boufarik in Algeria came to Australia in 1905 - 1906 with my three older aunts and uncles - Marie Frederique (1897), Raoul Constant (1899) and Edouard Jules (1904). Raoul and Edouard were born in Kolea. In 1938, my father visited Algeria with his father and an uncle and my youngest uncle and met many of his cousins and uncles. Hauck family and Emery family - his mother's sisters families and Rabaste and Leroux families - my grandfather's sister's families.Only one married sister Margerite Rabaste nee QUOD and her family remained in Algeria. When my grandfather emigrated to Australia, three of his brothers - Francois, Jules and Adolphe came as well and later in 1922 his youngest sister Jeanne Marie ULRICK nee QUOD widowed with two young children in the WW1 came to Australia as well. Most of them lived near Boufarik and Mustapha. My third cousin, Roger Leroux and family left Algeria on a ship for Corsica then Marseille in 1962. He lived his last years in Avignon where he died in the early 1990s.
I am an Australian with a little understanding of school book French. My grandparents had died before I was born in 1953 and my father was born in Australia in 1917.
Do you live in France, now? Were you very old when you left Algeria in 1957? What are your memories of the lifestyle back then. when my grandfather visited in 1938 he commented that the country had modernised - highways were excellent, many cars on the roads and farming had become more mechanised since he managed a date plantation near Boufarik. Of course Australia was a very young country then and behind Europe and USA in many ways.