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Map - Your Guide to Melbourne, 1960s Document Reg. No: HT 13645

Map of Melbourne and suburbs issued by the Commonwealth Savings Bank. The reverse side lists of places of interest, and information regarding the city, migrant information services, and banking and business details. The leaflet 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.
Published by the Commonwealth Savings Bank. No date. Blue cover with green star entitled: 'Your Guide to Melbourne.' Full colour images and text throughout. Folds out to one piece of paper. On one side is map of Melbourne and Suburbs (copyright Gregory's Guides and Maps Pty Ltd), colour images of Melbourne and an index to suburbs. The reverse side lists of places of interest, smaller map of the city of Melbourne, list of city branches of Commonwealth Bank, colour images of Melbourne, some interesting facts, migrant information service, business hours in Melbourne, a brief history and how to bank 'Commonwealth'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.30 cm (Width), 21.90 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: migrant hostels, nest egg scheme, return migration, shipping lines, churches, cafes, school
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Orientation
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Text: Your Guide to/Melbourne/COMMONWEALTH BANKING COPRPORATION/Commonwealth/Savings/Bank.
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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