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Booklet - Facts About Health and Social Services in Australia, 1962 Reg. No: HT 13642
- Booklet issued in United Kingdom by the Australian Department of Immigration in 1962. It details for intending migrants, maternity allowances, child endowment, school health, national fitness, health benefits, hospital services and benefits, medical benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment and sickness benefits, invalid, widows' and age pensions, rehabilitation of the disabled, pensioner medical services, and funeral benefits. This is one of many booklets in the 'Facts About...' series produced and reproduced throughout the 1950s-1970s by the Australian Department of Immigration as a series of subject-specific information guides for intending migrants from the UK and Europe. 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. Two staples in spine. 15 pages. B/W images. Black text. Headings in red text. Front cover entitled: 'Facts About Health and Social Services in Australia.' Edition No.4. Dated: April 1962. Fact pamphlet No 1 (health and social services). Published by the Department of Immigration Australia House, Strand, London WC 1. Printed in England. Front cover is marked with words written in blue pen. Back cover has image of teenage boys surfing with the words: 'They're healthy…in Australia's sunshine'.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Mr John Myerscough, 2007
|Dimensions:||12.80 cm (Width), 20.30 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: Facts about/HEALTH AND/SOCIAL SERVICES/in Australia/Edition No. 4 April 1962.|
|Past Owner or User:||Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|
|Past Owner or User:||Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|