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Leaflet - Wages and Taxation Rates in Australia, 1962 Document Reg. No: HT 13551

Pamphlet published by the Department of Immigration, Australia House, London in 1962 to provide information on wages and taxes in Australia. It details information about wages in Australia as well as a table listing trades and wages earned per week. It also provides information on taxation (including table of annual income tax) and child endowment. The leaflet was part of the Myerscough's package of information materials as they prepared to migrate to Australia from England in 1963.

John and Doreen Myerscough migrated to Australia from Liverpool in England with their daughters Jill and Julie on 20 November 1963. Searching for greater opportunities and with savings behind them, they took advantage of the Australian Government's 'Nest Egg Scheme'. They were also assisted ten pound migrants. The family sailed on the P&O Orient Line SS Canberra and settled in Melbourne where the climate was said to be similar to that of England. They transferred directly to Altona Migrant Hostel and ended up staying there (most unusually) for two years. John worked on the Geelong-Melbourne oil pipeline, in construction, and as a sub-contractor all over Victoria installing ceilings. Doreen had another baby Paul and later worked at Rothman's cigarette factory in Brooklyn. The couple purchased a block of land in Melton, promoted as a growth suburb, but the potential for isolation, as well as the couple's inability to really get ahead, made them decide to give up the dream and return to England. They paid their full fares, sold their land and returned to Liverpool on the P&O Orient Line SS Oriana on 21 January 1966. However, the challenges they experienced inspired them to strive and succeed, and John and Doreen have subsequently become frequent tourist visitors to Australia.
Soft paper leaflet. Paper yellowing. Black text. Front cover entitled: 'Wages and Taxation Rates in Australia'. Pamphlet No 38. Printed in England. Published May 1962. 4 pages.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Mr John Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.20 cm (Width), 20.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: migrant hostels, nest egg scheme, return migration, shipping lines
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Orientation
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Text: No. 38/WAGES/and/TAXATION RATES/in/AUSTRALIA/This pamphlet is published to provide the latest/available information on wages and taxes in Australia./It is intended to be read as an appendix to any/Australian official publication containing figures on/wages and taxes.
Past Owner or User: Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963
Past Owner or User: Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963

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