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Christmas Card - P&O Orient Line 'Canberra', 1963 Reg. No: HT 13692
- Christmas card featuring a colour image of the P&O Orient Line ship SS Canberra. Inside the card is signed 'from your steward Ken'. This card was collected by the Myerscough family during their migrant voyage from England to Australia in 1963 and kept as a souvenir of their shipboard experience.
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 card cover card. 4 pages. Colour image on front. Blue text on back and inside. Message written in blue pen.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
|Dimensions:||17.10 cm (Width), 11.90 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||migrant hostels, nest egg scheme, return migration, shipping lines|
|Themes this item is part of:||Migration Collection, Transport Collection|
|Secondary Classification:||Travel - Shipboard Life|
|Inscriptions:||Text, inside card: With every good wish for a/Merry Christmas/and a Happy and Prosperous/New Year/from your/Steward/Ken.|
|Past Owner or User:||Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|
|Past Owner or User:||Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963|