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Letter - Settlement Application Consideration, Myerscough, 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13713

Letter dated 26/2/1963 from the Australian Migration Officer of the Office of the High Commissioner for Australia to John Myerscough, stating his application for settlement in Australia under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme would be considered for inclusion in the 'Nest Egg' Scheme. 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. Under the scheme people were required to transfer to Australia at least 500 pounds and be able to arrange their own accommodation.

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. One page. Letterhead has black printed text. Letter in black type. Date stamp in blue.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Mr John Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.20 cm (Width), 32.80 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/AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION OFFICER/CENTURY INSURANCE BUILDING/11 ST. PETER'S SQUARE/MANCHESTER, 2/26 FEB 1963/Dear Sir/Your application for settlement in Australia under the Assisted/Passage Migration Scheme can be considered for inclusion in what is known/as the "Nest Egg" Scheme.
Issued To: Mr John Myerscough, England, Great Britain, 1963

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