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Letter - 'Canberra' Ship Reservation, Myerscough, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13709

Notice issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Australia on 12/8/1963 to John Myerscough advising that a reservation has been made for he and his family on the P&O Orient Line the SS Canberra departing 20/11/1963 from Southampton to Australia. The letter was part of the application and acceptance process for the Myerscough's to migrate from England to Australia 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.
Soft paper letter. White with black text. Personal details typed. Signed in pen by H McGinness - Chief Migration Officer.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Mr John Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Width), 20.30 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: correspondence
Inscriptions: Text: OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR AUSTRALIA/CHIEF MIGRATIN OFFICER/AUSTRALIA HOUSE/STRAND, LONDON, W.C.2/12th August, 1963/Dear Sir/Knowing that you will be anxious to finalise your/affairs in this country before proceeding to Australia,/we would like you to know that the following reservation/has been made for yourself and family.
Issued To: Mr John Myerscough, England, Great Britain, 1963

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