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Certificate of Vaccination - Smallpox, Doreen Myerscough, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13702

International Certificate of vaccination against smallpox prescribed by the International Sanitary Regulations and supplied for completion in the United Kingdom by the Ministry of Health, London, 1963. It certifies that Doreen Myerscough was revaccinated as part of standard international migration procedures, and part of the application and acceptance process for the Myerscough's to migrate from England to Australia in 1963.

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 certificate. 4 pages. Blue paper with black text. Personal details written in pen. Official government stamp. Signed by doctor. Stamped - signature of doctor authenticated 11/4/1963 Health Department Liverpool.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.90 cm (Width), 15.40 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: Processing - Customs & Quarantine
Tertiary Classification: rules & regulations
Inscriptions: Text: F250/Form of certificate prescribed by the/International Sanitary Regulations/and supplied, for completion in the United Kingdom only./INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF VACCINATION/OR REVACCINATION AGAINST SMALLPOX.
Issued To: Mrs Doreen Myerscough, England, Great Britain, 1963

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