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Receipt - Migration Payment to Commonwealth of Australia, Myerscough, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13706

Summary:
Receipt for 20 pounds issued to John Myerscough from the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia House, London on 26 April 1963. The receipt relates to expenses paid in relation to their migration to Australia. The receipt was 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.
Description:
Soft paper receipt. White with black text. Signature in blue pen. Receipt for 20 pounds issued to J Myerscough from Commonwealth of Australia, Australia House, Strand, London. Receipt no 14287. Date 26 April 1963. 'Being sums payable in respect of migration to Australia'. Signed by the 'Collector of Public Moneys'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.70 cm (Width), 7.30 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 - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: financial records
Inscriptions: Text: ORIGINAL/RECEIPT/NO./N 14287/COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/AUSTRALIA HOUSE/STRAND, LONDON, W.C.2./Being sums payable in respect of migration to Australia.
Issued To: Mr John Myerscough, England, Great Britain, 1963

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