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Certificate of Vaccination, Paul Myerscough, 1965 Document Reg. No: HT 13705

Summary:
International vaccination certificate for small pox issued in 1965 by the Bank of NSW Travel Department to John Myerscough for his son Paul. It certifies that Paul Myerscough has been vaccinated, it has been signed by Doreen Myerscough (mother) and stamped by Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Health Melbourne. This vaccination process was part of the Myerscough's preparation to leave Australia permanently in 1965.

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.
Description:
Soft card cover certificate. 11 pages. Yellow cover and pages with black text. Personal details written in pen. Official stamp from Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Health Melbourne. International certificate of vaccination against smallpox. Certifies that Paul Myerscough (son) has been vaccinated. Date of vaccination - 4/12/65 & 11/12/65 signed by Doreen Myerscough (mother) and stamped by Commonwealth of Australia Dept of Health Melbourne - 16 Dec 1965.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.20 cm (Width), 15.10 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, front cover: BANK OF NEW SOUTH WALES/Travel Department/INTERNATINAL CERTIFICATES/OF VACCINATION/In accordance with/the International Sanitary Regulations/of the World Health Organization.
Issued To: Mr John Myerscough, Australia, 1965

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