Güler Orgun with her family

Güler Orgun with her family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1995
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
This photo was taken at my father's place in Yesilyurt in 1995. In the back is my son-in-law Stewart Carruth, on the right my daughter Gün Orgun Carruth, in the middle my father Avni Tuncer, on the left me. By the year 1971, my husband and I had saved up enough money to buy an apartment. But we had always lived in nice houses by the sea, with gardens, and could not envisage being squeezed in a town apartment. We looked at the choices a little away from the city in order to afford a house with a garden. We were lucky to buy a farm in Polonezköy for the price of an apartment in town. We then started a poultry farm. Our intention was to stop working in business, as soon as the farm would support us because, by that time, Günel had had enough of city life in general and business life, in particular. The children, who were two and four when we moved to Polonezköy, later attended the village elementary school, which consisted of a single room where all 5 grades were taught by a single teacher. We had a very good life there. We owned cows, a few sheep, ducks, cats and dogs, and some 6000 chicken. Four families worked for us. We made a living by selling eggs. We lived all year long in Polonezköy, summer and winter, for ten years. After elementary school, my children attended for one year a secondary school called Kültür Lisesi. I stayed with them in Yesilyurt, at my parents', and Günel stayed in Polonezköy, where I went with the children to spend the weekends. At the end of that year, the Kültür Lisesi was closed down. Then, the children went to boarding school, at the Esenis Lisesi, for three years. However, we would have had to move to town, when the time came to attend university. So, we decided to get an apartment in town and bought one in Cengelköy, before they finished the lycée. Eventually they both succeeded in being accepted to the Bogazici University. It's then that we sold the chickens, and stopped the poultry farming. In 1989, my daughter Gün graduated from the English Language and Literature Department of the Bogazici University. She went for her master's degree to the University of Edinburgh, and then for her doctor's degree to the University of Glasgow. In 1994, she married Stewart Carruth, a housing expert. They had a son, Jamie, in 2000, and a daughter, Lisha, in 2003.

Interview details

Interviewee: Güler Orgun
Interviewer:
Anet Pase
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Güler Orgun
Year of birth:
1937
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Farmer/Housewife/Journalist/Researcher
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Tuncer
    Year of changing: 
    1965
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1960

Other Person

Stewart Carruth
Year of birth:
1964
City of birth:
Glasgow
Country name at time of birth:
United Kingdom
Occupation
before WW II:
Manager

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