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Booklet - Housing in Australia, circa 1961 Reg. No: HT 13643
- Booklet issued in the United Kingdom by the 'National Bank of Australasia Limited', circa 1961. It details for intending British migrants housing in Australia since 1945, seeking a home, purchasing an existing home, building a home, renting a home, sources of finance, and future housing requirements. The booklet was part of the Myerscough's package of information materials as they prepared to migrate to Australia from England in 1963 and kept as a souvenir of their migration experiences.
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 cover booklet. Two staples in spine. 23 pages. Black text. Front cover entitled: 'housing in Australia.' Published by The National Bank of Australasia Limited. No date. Includes an appendix table of Australian Home Finance Institutions, lending terms and conditions and a list of National Bank of Australasia Limited principal offices.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
|Dimensions:||13.90 cm (Width), 20.60 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||migrant hostels, nest egg scheme, return migration, shipping lines|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Transport Collection|
|Tertiary Classification:||reference materials|
|Inscriptions:||Text, front cover: Housing in Australia/THE NATIONAL BANK OF AUSTRALASIA/LIMITED/and its wholly owned subsidiary/THE NATIONAL SAVINGS BANK LIMITED/(INCORPORATED IN VICTORIA).|
|Publisher:||National Bank of Australasia, circa 1961|
|Past Owner or User:||Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|
|Past Owner or User:||Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|