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Research help: Belgium 1936
« on: Friday 02 October 20 18:19 BST (UK) »
Hi

My ancestor went to school in Belgium at the age of 12 in 1936. She returned in 1939 to train as a nurse. I was just wondering why she would have been sent there. Her brother and her were sent to England from Canada in 1936, her brother remained in England were he was educated. Would she have gone to finishing school there?
I canít work out why she didnít remain with her brother.
She stayed in a small village called Londerzeel. Any help or ideas would be great fully received!
Thanks!

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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #1 on: Friday 02 October 20 18:30 BST (UK) »
I can't help with the specifics of this, but surely 'finishing school' was for those aged 16 and above who'd notionally ended their regular education, and went somewhere else to be taught social skills. 

Particularly, of course, for girls, to 'prepare them for marriage'

So your ancestor a little young for that.  Any Belgian connections for her family at all?

Pay, Kent. 
Barham, Kent. 
Cork(e), Kent. 
Cooley, Kent.
Barwell, Rutland/Northants/Greenwich.
Cotterill, Derbys.
Van Steenhoven/Steenhoven/Hoven, Nord Brabant/Belgium/East London.
Kesneer Belgium/East London
Burton, East London.
Barlow, East London
Wayling, East London
Wade, Greenwich/Brightlingsea, Essex.
Thorpe, Brightlingsea, Essex

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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #2 on: Friday 02 October 20 18:39 BST (UK) »
It did cross my mind that it was too early but wasnít sure. There is no family that I know of in Belgium.


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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #3 on: Friday 02 October 20 18:56 BST (UK) »
Londerzeel is in Flemish Brabant, the same province as Brussels.

Wonder if she went to a Convent School .
Do you know if they were Roman Catholics?
And  a nurse in adulthood -well some Nuns did train as Nurses.
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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #4 on: Friday 02 October 20 21:44 BST (UK) »
The reason why she was sent there is not clear to me, but it is probably the Catholic school founded in 1837 by Ursuline nuns, which specialized in education for girls, also a boarding school, next to a nunnery. Buildings damaged in 1914, rebuilt. Is nowadays more or less the Virgo Sapiens Instituut.  There is a fine Historical Circle, called GHKL Londerzeel, with a website (in Dutch) and a facebook page where you may find information or at least pictures.

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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #5 on: Friday 02 October 20 21:56 BST (UK) »
Being pedantic ,it would be Flemish.
Such struggles to get Flemish as an authentic language ,when efforts were being made to revive it after being proscribed.
And  that in Flanders!
Very close to Dutch but a language in its own right.
Hope you have some success with your research.
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Re: Research help: Belgium 1936
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 03 October 20 06:56 BST (UK) »
I don't want to start a discussion here, but the language is called Dutch. You cannot write in Flemish. You may pronounce it differently, or use a few other local words, but it is still the same official language, with the same grammar and spelling rules. That said, the language used in the school I mentioned only changed from French to Dutch in 1950 even when Londerzeel is located in the Flanders region.