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Booklet - Australia, A Guide for Newcomers, 1961 Document Reg. No: HT 13644

Booklet issued in the United Kingdom by the National Bank of Australasia Limited in 1961. It details for intending British migrants governance, climate, housing and accommodation, cost of living, wages, employment, income tax, money, social services, UK Government pensions, post war credits, education, passages, luggage, and entry into Australia. 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. 68 pages. Black text with headings in green text. Cover is green with red/black/yellow text and entitled: 'Australia. A Guide for Newcomers.' Published by the National Bank of Australasia Limited. Nineteenth edition. October 1961. Centre pages have map of Australia and details of distances in miles. Last pages have details of each state with a list of state branches of National Bank.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 14.10 cm (Width), 20.40 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
Publisher: National Bank of Australasia, 1961
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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